Found April 24, 2013 on
Ok. Down 1 versus the Spurs. No surprises there... howver this time - right here, right now - is a perfect place for Dwight Howard to step up and be the player that he once was, that we all thought he could be.
That's not to say he hasn't been the guy that we Lakerfans thought we were getting pretty good, but it's absolutely fair to think that he isn't quite the same player that he *can* be.
Whilst it's true that physically Dwight has struggled this season - he was quite obviously not even 80% when he returned at the beginning of the season - I do think that a very large part of the problem was above the shoulders.
Dwight has copped one hell of a beating in the last 18 months. This for a guy who loves to be loved has had an impact. Additionally, I think playing with a hard taskmaster (Kobe, not Mike) has taken a toll as well. I believe that a large part of the struggles Dwight's had during the season are mental/emotional. And I think he can recover from it.
Now's the time for Dwight to really put his stamp on the Lakers franchise that could well be his playground for a while to come. No Kobe, playing against the Spurs... and up against Father Time Duncan - Dwight should be one of the most dominant players on the floor whenever he's out there. Now, as far as a D12-reclamation-project, LA doesn't even need to win the series. But they have to compete, and Dwight has to be the primary reason.
This happens, and the future post-Kobe starts to look better. Hell, I know that there's a chance that Howard doesn't re-sign with LA - it's absolutely not a sure bet - but it's likely. More money, a fanbase starting to come around... and I'm not sure what the repercussions would be for his persona should he leave the league's premier glamor franchise because "there's too much pressure to win".
It'd be a helluva different place 'round LA with Dwight as the key guy. I'm not sure you can get two more diametrically opposed characters than KB#24 & D12... but it is what it is. Just happy to be a fan of a franchise who are enthusiastic about competing for a title each and every season.
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Like many other superstar professional athletes, there are a lot of rumors and gossip that surround the life of Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard. For lack of a better term, Howard appears to have a lot of baby mama drama. Earlier this month, a fan apparently got a rise out of Howard when she brought a sign to a game against the Portland Trailblazers telling him she is willing...
LIKE 'HAHA' FUNNY?
Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard had the following to say on finishing 14th in Defensive Player of the Year voting: "It's funny."
Some fans will do the most to get noticed. One female Laker fan who is obviously an avid blog reader decided to create a sign to get Dwight Howard’s attention. When she wasn’t sure if he noticed her at the game, she decided to hit him up on Twitter and he responded.
Interesting, Dwight’s reply was to show the young lady the error of her attention seeking ways:
Dwight Howard had an off year in his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was not the same dominant force that we saw during his eight seasons with the Orlando Magic. In particular, Howard was not given as much recognition for his defensive play.
Howard battled injuries all season long and did not establish himself as a dominant post presence until late in the season. After...
How bad is the situation in Los Angeles for Dwight Howard? Not only are the Lakers down 2-0 to the Spurs, but Howard is getting blasted by the media for the lack of impact he’s had in the first two games:
Dwight Howard, who could soon sign a $118-million contract to become the Lakers’ next Shaquille O’Neal, is not playing like Shaquille O’Neal. There have been times in the...
Heading in to the playoffs, most observers looked at the big man match up between the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers as advantage Lakers.
Dwight Howard was finally starting to resemble Dwight Howard again and Paul Gasol had been on a tear the last week of the season. However, Tim Duncan played better than either Laker big in game one and Tiago Splitter played good...
Dwight Howard is the gift that keeps on giving.
According to a story courtesy Pro Basketball Talk, Howard, who finished 14th in Defensive Player of the Year voting, said that he found it amusing that Memphis Grizzlies center and brother of his teammate, Marc Gasol, won the award.
The news caused Dwight Howard to say “it’s funny,” but he wasn’t offering his signature smile...
A mere seven-something minutes into tonight’s Lakers-Spurs matchup, Dwight Howard took it upon himself to connect on a monster dunk over the head of an unexpectant Tim Duncan (after receiving a stellar assist from Steve Blake, of course).
Check out this slam in the video below..can you say vintage Dwight Howard??
Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard is a 4-time winner of the Defensive Player of the Year award in the NBA. So perhaps this is just a little salt that he wasn’t in contention to win the award again. But when Marc Gasol was named the winner of the award, Dwight’s thoughts on it were [...]
Steve Blake is out indefinitely and Steve Nash and Jodie Meeks both are doubtful for Game 3 against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday at Staples Center.
Commonly appreciated for being 6'10" and one of the best three point shooters in the NBA, Bonner's making his money against the Los Angeles Lakers not just from the work he's doing above the arc, but also the work he's putting in down low against Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol.
He played sparingly for most of the regular season, but with Boris Diaw out and...