During the summer when the Los Angeles Lakers completed a trade for Dwight Howard, there were a lot of questions to be answered. The biggest topic at that moment was Howard’s leadership abilities. We all witnessed the debacle that took place with the Orlando Magic and there was clearly a lack of leadership.
One of the things Howard was going to learn from Kobe Bryant was how to be a leader. As great of a player Bryant has been, his leadership has been overrated by the media and by fans.
Bryant is more of a leader by example than by speeches and kind words. Whatever is going on right now with the Lakers, they need leadership and to take responsibility for their actions.
The Lakers have always had veterans on the team to settle any situation. In the early part of the 2000’s it was Robert Horry, Derek Fisher and Brian Shaw. In the later part of the decade it was Lamar Odom and Fisher again. At the moment the Lakers don’t have anyone to settle the current situation down.
We all know the Bryant is going to do what he does. He has been in the league 17 years and he’s not going to change now. As good as the addition of Steve Nash has been on paper he’s played less than two games for this team. It is hard to be a leader of a team when you are wearing suits instead of a jersey.
It comes to one Dwight Howard to become the leader on this team. He came to Los Angeles for a reason and now it’s his time to be a leader. If he’s going to be the face of the franchise and be the guy who wants to win championships he needs to step up. If he is serious about basketball which I believe he is this will take place sooner or later.
Right now Howard is looked at as a great talent but someone who isn’t a leader. All the smiling and dancing rubs a lot of folks thee wrong way and people think he doesn’t take the game serious enough. He has an opportunity to quiet everyone up and become a leader of a team that desperately needs it.