Well, that didn’t take long: Dwight Howard is talking about Kobe Bryant again.
In a new documentary focussing on his life, “Dwight Howard: In The Moment,” Howard recalls his time in Los Angeles and his experiences of playing alongside the Black Mamba on a day-to-day basis.
Here’s what Dwight said about the five-time NBA champion, according to Marc Stein from ESPN:
“Before I got to the Lakers, I would talk to him [and] he would really help me out on the [down] low about how to become everything that I said I wanted to be. And I looked up to him and I looked up to everything he, as a basketball player, stood for. … [By the end of that season] I just felt so hurt and disappointed in the fact that the guy that I was expecting to be somebody who was gonna pass the torch, somebody to say, ‘Dwight, I’ll take you under my wing and I’ll show you how to get it done’ … it was none of that.”
Okay, let’s take a step back here and remember the kind of form that Bryant was in during the 2012-13 season.
Before tearing his Achilles while willing the Lakers into the playoff picture, Bryant was averaging 27.3 points – on 46 percent shooting – along with 6.0 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 38.6 minutes per game. During the month of April, Bryant’s averages went up to 30.5 points, 7.5 assists, 7.0 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.2 blocks in 45.2 minutes per game.
Do those numbers sound like they’re being put up by a guy who’s ready to “pass the torch”?
And as for Howard wanting Bryant to take him under his wing? Let’s not forget that Kobe reportedly told the center that he would “teach him” how to become a champion. That statement might’ve rubbed Howard the wrong way, but hey, this is Kobe Bryant we’re talking about. If you want to be taken under his wing, you better be ready for a different kind of tutelage.
If Howard had stayed in L.A. long enough, he would’ve been passed the torch by Bryant before too long. However, at the end of the day, no matter what he says, Howard just wasn’t cut out to be a Laker.
People may complain about Laker fans who still talk about Howard, though it’s going to keep happening until the man himself stops talking about the purple and gold.