According to Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register, Dwight Howard has cut ties with his cousin and business manager of nine years.
Kevin Samples has been Howard’s primary advisor throughout his entire career — they even lived together after Howard was drafted to the Orlando Magic.
“We had nine great years together.” Howard told Ding. “Just time to go separate ways. … I know what I want to accomplish. … I’ve always written down my goals and everything I want, and I want to make sure I get ’em. Everything I’ve lost, everything that’s gone away, I’m going to get it back.”
Howard’s spent a great deal of his interview time speaking about how he is trying to concentrate on winning a championship while ignoring his negative publicity.
Last week, in Orlando proved that his actions are beginning to back up his words. Howard has mentioned that Mitch Kupchak has been an influence on him as of late. Kobe Bryant has been vocal that he has been offering Howard advice and mentorship since the very beginning.
After the Los Angeles Lakers‘ blowout loss to the Phoenix Suns, Howard explained to NBC Sports that, “It’s hard, but I continue to talk to myself, push myself to leave the referees alone, and hopefully they might look down there a couple times.”
This Dwight Howard looks a lot different from last summer’s Dwight Howard. His attitude shows that he has grown. Samples is Howard’s first cousin so this big business decision was also a big personal decision.