Dwight Howard’s desire to join a championship caliber team has been well documented. Equally so, has been the Lakers search for a game-changing addition to their roster. The marriage would seem to be a perfect fit, but in a recent conversation between the two stars, Kobe Bryant made one thing clear to Superman, the Lakers are his team. Howard hasn’t even entered Los Angeles yet and already this has the familiar feeling of Kobe vs Shaq. Round Two.
With Howard granted permission to peruse the NBA landscape as he considers a new destination, Los Angeles was seemingly near the top of his list. And while nearly everyone in the league would be chomping at the bit for their chance to bring the All-World Center aboard, Kobe has taken a different approach. Reportedly making it clear to the big man that, if he was to join the Lake Show, he would merely be the second act.
It’s an odd time for Bryant to get territorial, seeing as how the Lakers are appearing more human then they have in over a decade. Despite Kobe’s recent surge of 40-Point efforts and the Lakers winning record, it remains clear that this is not the same dominant team that we have come to know in recent years. They certainly are still a high seed hopeful in the West, but do not appear to be the consensus favorite or perhaps even contender. An acquisition of Howard would change that immediately.
So, why is it that Kobe is so afraid of having the best big man in the game? Just as he quarreled with the original Superman, Shaquille O’Neal, so too is he starting a pissing match with Howard. Like a kid in the sandbox, Bryant is hoarding his toys and afraid of anything shared, especially the spotlight. But there is no need for such fear, especially for a player of his prowess. A union of Howard and Bryant would not erase Kobe’s achievements, nor his reputation. If anything, it would likely improve both in the public perception. But, here he is, the tallest man ever to suffer from a Napoleonic Complex.
It’s not over yet though, as the conversations between the two stars were reported to be friendly. Both of them talk fairly regularly, and at their cores they both know that a tandem of their talents would be tough to beat. But the fact remains that Kobe is not doing a great job enticing the big man and there are sure to be plenty of suitors who will offer a far better sales pitch. For his sake and that of the Lakers, Kobe better hope it’s not too late, because that Sixth ring is getting further and further away.
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