Originally posted on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 3/9/13
I would hope that Dwight Howard is starting to figure things out, but because he talks so much and contradict himself so often, you have to wonder. Dwight spoke to the media again and said that it took him half the season, but he understands now what Kobe was saying about keeping the clown act in Orlando. “It’s going to make me a better man and a better player from watching Kobe,” Howard said. “Besides just the expectations,” he said. “In games, I mess up and there’s somebody in the crowd saying something and I’m ready to snap at ‘em. That’s not what we’re supposed to do. “But you look at a guy like Kobe and he doesn’t care about nothing but going out there and playing hard. That’s a lesson a lot of us have to learn — especially young guys.” “I told him [Bryant]: ‘I’m afraid to miss. When I get out there, I don’t want to miss, and I end up missing.’ And he was like: ‘You know what? Shoot 1,000 jumpshots a day. You’re going to miss a lot of those shots. But that’s OK. Because you’re teaching yourself it’s OK to miss.’ “Now I see it. He gets out there and he might miss a couple 3s, but then he’ll make nine in a row. You see that and it just kind of gives you more inspiration.” Dwight Howard is a grown man with 5 Baby Mamas, he shouldn’t need Kobe to teach him to be a better man, but maybe he needed to see someone who takes his profession seriously to wake up and realize he isn’t a child anymore. It might be too little, too late for the Lakers, but they are making a push currently for the playoffs. Dwight Howard is going to have to stop clowning and start balling for them to make it.
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