Kobe Bryant Reflects On Dwight Howard Situation

Hindsight is always 20/20.

You take a look back at something and think of the way it should have been handled. A bad situation should have been made good and a good situation should have been great. But that’s not the mindset for Los Angeles Lakers superstar and future hall of famer Kobe Bryant.

In the 2012-2013 season, the Lakers boasted a team, that, at least on paper matched up with any team in the game. It was supposed to help lead Bryant and the Lakers back to elite status. A sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns netted the team legendary point guard Steve Nash. To make a good situation better, the Lakers acquired big man Dwight Howard in a huge 12-player deal. With their in-house talent mixed with the new acquisitions, the Lakers became instant championship contenders.

The Lakers full lineup read as follows: PG Steve Nash, SG Kobe Bryant, SF Metta World Peace, PF Pau Gasol, C Dwight Howard.

How could you not win with that squad? That’s four future hall of famers in the starting lineup alone. They were supposed to rival the Miami Heat’s big three and face them in the NBA Finals in the greatest clash of titans in history.

Unfortunately, that’s not what happened.

Issues in team chemistry partnered with injuries led the Lakers to a disappointing record of 45-37 record, 7th place in the Western Conference and a first round playoff exit. Amid the disappointment, Bryant and Howard appeared to be odds the whole season. It started early in the season too. Like, the time Howard spoke to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLA.com about Bryant and the teams rough start.

“I know [Kobe] was a little frustrated tonight. He wants to win just as bad as all of us do, but we just got to stay together, remember it’s a process, and stay focused.”

Surely, that didn’t sit well with Bryant, the face and leader of the franchise. This newcomer, for all intents and purposes, is telling Bryant how things should be run. The two tried downplay the situation until Bryant reportedly called out Howard and challenged him to better himself and listen better (via Yahoo Sports).

“You need to learn how it’s done first, and I can teach you here. You have to learn how it’s done, I know how to do it and I’ve learned from the best – players who have won multiple times over and over. Instead of trying to do things your way, just listen and learn and tweak it, so it fits you.”

After that lone season in Hollywood, Howard bolted from the controversy and bright lights of Los Angeles to sign with the Houston Rockets. Perhaps for the better, both egos went in different directions and could start over. And, when it seemed as if the Howard/Bryant saga died down, this happened.