There are moments where professional athletes need to learn to shut their mouths. That time has come for Dwight Howard. Howard said on Monday that the Los Angeles Lakers should win all of their remaining games. I hate to tell Dwight, but he may just want to zip his lip. Howard must learn that his play needs to do the talking and not him. I’m sure Kobe Bryant isn’t happy with Howard making this prediction.
The Lakers are still fighting for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, but with a schedule ahead that has at least two or three road blocks in it, Howard should have learned that there is no point in saying certain things. The Lakers still have to play the San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers in their final eight games. I don’t see how the Lakers win all eight of those games. They will make the playoffs if only by a game or two, but winning all eight games won’t happen.
Howard has had a tendency to want everyone to like him. A statement like this one isn’t going to have everyone on your side. I would think that there are bigger problems on this team like making sure that Bryant doesn’t strangle Howard for these comments. The team also needs to make sure that all their players are healthy going into the playoffs. Steve Nash probably needs some rest, and Pau Gasol needs to get back to full strength. It was a terrible statement for Howard to make and one that is going to come back to bite him.