Found February 07, 2013 on Jocks and Stiletto Jill:
Clearly Kobe Bryant learned a few motivational techniques from his years of playing under Phil Jackson. With news of Pau Gasol’s injury might keep him out for as long as 8 weeks, Kobe has come out to say that we don’t have time to wait for Dwight’s shoulder to heal. “We don’t have time for (Howard’s shoulder) to heal, Dwight worries too much about what people think. I told him, ‘You can’t worry about that. It’s holding you back.’ He says, ‘OK, OK, OK,’ but it’s always hovering around him. He just wants people to like him. He doesn’t want to let anyone down, and that gets him away from what he should be doing.” Kobe also said that Dwight doesn’t understand what it’s like to play for a franchise like the Lakers. One that has a legacy for winning. Anything short of a championship is failure. “(Howard) has never been in a position where someone is driving him as hard as I am, as hard as this organization is,” Bryant told MacMullan. “It’s win a championship or everything
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