Mar 15, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) and center Dwight Howard (12) watch from the bench during a game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Indiana Pacers 99-93. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Kobe Bryant’s Pitch to Dwight Howard Won’t Help Lakers

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers apparently had some strong words for NBA free agent Dwight Howard in an effort to get him to stick with the Lakers.

Reports say the words from Bryant will do more harm that good.

First, what actually went down between Bryant and Howard, per Matt Moore of CBS:

“You need to learn how it’s done first, and I can teach you here,” Bryant told Howard during the Lakers’ presentation, witnesses in the room described to Yahoo! Sports.

“You have to learn how it’s done,” Bryant told Howard, witnesses described. “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,” Bryant told him.

“You have to learn how it’s done,” Bryant told Dwight Howard on the way out of the Lakers, or maybe the way back into them.

ESPN’s Chris Broussard says sources tell him that’s going to have a bad imapct on the Lakers’ chances:



Oh boy. Did Kobe Bryant just kill any chance of Dwight Howard coming back to the Lakers?


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  • Jah

    As a Rockets fan, I question Kobe logic. How the hell you tell Howard you gonna teach him how to be a champion when this dude carried his team to the playoffs on his own, really?? A nine year Superstar player with elite defense, and you talking to him like he’s a boy??

    That’s your problem, Kobe. Thus why no nobody want to play with your egomaniac ass, bro. You ran Shaq off the same way. Any Big Man that play his own game and not under your shadow, like that puppet Pau Gasol, then you always will have issues with them. Who want to play with a ballhog like you anyway?

    I don’t hear big-name superstars lining up to play for L.A. And it’s because of you, fool. Dwight only issue with you was how you need to jack up 34 damn shots and goes 8-30 on some nights. Silly fool, what did you learn?? You had an All-Star squad and had needs to jack up 30 to 34 shots?? Ain’t no former Superstar taught you that. You taught yourself that! You selfish, a ballhog, and relish every chanace to rub it in an All-Star’s face that “this is my team.”

    I have to thank you, though. You just did my a Rockets a HUGE favor by giving Howard further reasons to bolt the Lakers for the Rockets.

    ……I suppose you learned how to ruin chemistry from the best too, huh? Lol.

    • stucktrader

      Dude, at least he is straight forward with him… That is what D12 is going to deal with if he goes back to LA… might as well be honest with him… Kobe does know how to win Championships… And certain stars will want to play in LA with Kobe… But D12 might not be one of them…

      Its no secret that D12 would probably do best with what is in Houston… And if it doesnt work out… Its only 4 years vs 5 with the Lakers.

      That D’antoni system would probably work better with Pau @ the 5 if your talking offense. Defense is another story for that team… Kobe will have to resign to the fact that he wont contend until at least 2014/2015.

      In any case the all the good teams got better or are the same:
      Miami… and they may add Oden
      Nets… but they have a rookie head coach
      Clips… They got Doc and traded for some shooters
      Spurs… Their young guys will get more minutes, Manu shouldnt play the point…
      Bulls… if D-Rose is healthy
      Pacers… Rudy Gay will be back
      Rockets… with D12 will be in the conversation…but did trade away good role players to get him.
      OKC… However, we saw that KD cant do it alone… they need their 2 stars healthy.

      The East will finally have legit teams to challenge the Heat….
      The West will be a little weaker with good players consolidating with better teams or moving East

    • Guest

      Dwight has not accomplished much and has barely grown as a player. At the end of the day, walking away from playing with Kobe will be like walking away from playing with Michael Jordan. If Dwight wants to just be another regular player..Houston is the place for him.

      • strangerchat

        LOL. That’s all I have to say at the quality of your analysis.

    • Kelvin McJunkins

      Well it’s simple! Kobe Bryant aka “The Black Mamba” is a 5 time champion who could easily be a 7 time champion if he won against the Detroit Pistons one year and against the Celtics in 08. Don’t nobody care about Dwight carring no team to a playoffs and in the playoffs Howard was terrible and til this day is a winer!! Wines all the time and his feelings are too easily hurt and if he doesn’t sign with us in LA, it’s very possible bcuz of his immaturity and lack of growth he still may never win even with talent around him. They’ll end up putting games on his back to win for them and bcuz of his immaturity he’s not going to come thru and is going to upset with anybody who has something to say. The #Dwightmare

    • gp

      you obviously dont know what your talking about, kobe is a proven winner, hes one of the greatest ever, he doesnt need to beg or put up with dwights shit he just wants to win, which dwight evidently doesn’t. And I suggest you look at the stats kobe averaged more assists then any of the other top shooting guards including micheal jordan his role isnt to facilatate it is to shoot, thus being a shooting guard and him and mj are the greatest shooting guards in history.

      • strangerchat

        LOL. Not even close. Kobe is a proven rapist. Kobe never was a leader; a born ball-hog, he will lead the league in field-goal attempts. He was fortunate to have Shaq as a teammate (later, so was Wade), and a strong supporting cast. Now he’s 34, injured, and has his ego on overdrive. He will continue to lose until he retires. If only he learned how to win the confidence of fellow players somewhere along the way.

  • Jose Sr

    Kobe need to learn to shut up !