Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/11/14
Dwight Howard certainly made good on his desire to “dominate.” (Yes, that is more sarcasm in what has been just a brutal season for the Lakers thus far.) Howard, fresh out of a Lakers team meeting, talked with reporters at Los Angeles’ shootaround on Wednesday, and he sounded like a man who was ready to make strides in the right direction. The Lakers’ controversial big man said that it was immature of him to question his recent, low shot-attempt total, and he pointed out exactly what he needs to do in order for L.A. to turn its season around. “I have to be more,” Howard said. “I have to do more for this team. There are a lot of responsibilities on my shoulders. I have to step up and take it. It has to be me. It has to start with me. I’m a guy that has to dominate for us to win. We’re not going to win unless I dominate.” Now that’s a man with a plan. Not only does Howard want to be better, but he also wants to take games over, and thus show why the Lakers coveted him in the offseason. So how did Howard’s newfound, rah-rah attitude translate on the hardwood on Wednesday night? Well, it didn’t. Howard played just 14 minutes — shooting 0-for-4 from the field, scoring two points and grabbing two rebounds — before leaving the game with a shoulder injury. He would not return, and the Lakers are now once again waiting to see what the big fella’s status will be going forward. Howard, of course, missed three games earlier this month due to a torn labrum shoulder injury, so watching as he motioned to the Lakers’ bench to be taken out of Wednesday’s game had to have given coach Mike D’Antoni a “here we go again” sort of feeling. Now, it would be rude of us to laugh at someone suffering an injury, so we’ll refrain. But if there was a perfect snapshot of the Lakers’ 17-25 start, it was Wednesday. You had the team meeting in which players reportedly “went at each other a little bit,” and you had the mercurial Howard labeling himself “immature” and vowing to make changes for the greater good of the team. Life in Lakerland didn’t seem so bad for a moment in time, and there were probably some who felt as if Wednesday’s pregame developments could have been used as a springboard for the rest of the season. Then, hours later, Wednesday’s game happened. Another injury. Another loss. Another reason to think things are never going to get better for the Lakers. Photo of the Day Everybody, throw your feet in the air! Quote of the Day “You know, the girls, they are more unstable emotionally than us. I’m sure everybody will say it’s true, even the girls. No? No, you don’t think?” –Tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, opening mouth, inserting foot. Tweet of the Day Good news, Red Sox fans. Every aspect of John Farrell’s visit with Daniel Bard was encouraging, particularly rediscovering his natural arm slot — Peter Gammons (@pgammo) January 24, 2013 Video of the Day I’ll still take an Antoine Walker wiggle every day of the week and twice on Sunday.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Urban Meyer discusses notion of running 2-QB system

Report: Tiger Woods to practice at Augusta

Did Jerry Jones want enough cap room to add Peterson?

Robert Kraft testifies, recalls conversation with Hernandez

Phil Jackson issues message of hope to season ticket holders

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Heart attack prompted Armstead's retirement from Pats

MLBPA reacts to Kris Bryant's minor league assignment

Gregg Marshall's show canceled, Bama speculation grows

Report: Shaka Smart in discussions with Texas

Report: Rick Barnes expected to land at Tennessee

Demaryius Thomas planning to skip Broncos' workouts

WATCH: Shaq rips Lakers, Clippers during Bieber roast

Can we envision the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA Finals?

Bettor to win $1M if Michigan State wins national title

Five NFL coaches already on the hot seat

WATCH: Stars' Patrik Nemeth catches puck inside visor

10 winners and losers from the past week in the NFL

University of California soccer player found dead

Joe Namath parties with twin 100 year-old women

WATCH: Mike Napoli hits home run as bat shatters

WATCH: Marc Gasol misses shot, rips jersey in disgust

PHOTO: Minor league team to wear Jabba the Hutt jerseys

Lions LB DeAndre Levy takes ride on top of a moving plane

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Tiger's plane spotted in Augusta

Can we envision the Hawks in the Finals?

Five coaches already on the hot seat

10 winners and losers from the past week in the NFL

Namath parties with 100 yr-old women

Report: Shaka Smart talking to Texas

Rick Barnes to land at Tennessee?

Browns GM suspended for texts

Hernandez's fiancee disposed of box

Mayweather-Pacquiao: It's sparring tall-tale season

The MLBPA has a problem

Final Four preview: Can every team win?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.