As we all know, Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant is reaching the end of his career. We no longer see the acrobatic dunks or the speed to get by defenders. After almost 17 years in the league with the Lakers, they seem to be diligently looking for a replacement and that is looking more like newly acquired Dwight Howard. According to Kobe Bryant, not so fast. In an interview by ESPN, the Black Mamba states that the Lakers are still his team. Kobe said,
I got a question earlier about whose team this is. I don’t want to get into the, “Well we share…” No, it’s my team. But I want to make sure that Dwight, when I retire, this is going to be his. I want to teach him everything I possibly know so that when I step away, this organization can ride on as if I never left.
Dwight Howard was asked to comment about the Lakers being Kobe’s team and he said,
I’m willing to go through that process, learn from one of the greatest to every play the game and I think it will be great.
Even their other teammate Steve Nash said the Lakers are “Kobe’s team.” Nash then followed his statement by saying that this is also a team game and everyone has a responsbility. In other words, Nash does not have a problem with Kobe being the face of the franchise as long as they can win a championship or two.
This becomes an interesting story because Dwight Howard was originally hesitant to be traded to the Lakers because Kobe straight up and told him that the team was his and he would play second or even third banana.