In addition to the fact that the Lakers need Howard healthy to make the playoffs, he’s coming off of serious back surgery.
The Lakers are hoping to make him their franchise player once Kobe Bryant hangs up his Nike running shoes. The team is protecting their assets with this move.
Kupchak comments that:
“There’s a protocol to airing opinions or complaints with the NBA. And we’ve done that.
“The game has evolved and like a lot of other sports where attention is now being given to protect players, the NBA is interested in doing so as well. I don’t know if they will review our concerns, but [hard fouls] have resulted in injury to one of our players.”
The Lakers are willing do everything that they need to do to make sure Howard can and wants to ink that brand new contract in the spring.
Howard injured his right shoulder last month and he has continued to re-injure himself, explaining to reporters that sitting out is “painful.” Kupchak joined Howard at the doctor’s office while he had his own blood injected into his shoulder to relieve pain.
Howard recognizes that the Lakers are willing to get the extra mile for him, telling the L.A. Times, “The Lakers’ organization has done everything to help me.”
Although, Howard has gotten a reputation as a “crybaby” there is no evidence that the requested the complaint be filed.
Regardless, Howard is one of the biggest guys in the entire league and he’s letting guys bully him? The better question is, Howard is one of the biggest guys in the league, how are guys bullying him?