This evening, I got a text from ESPN about the Los Angeles Lakers‘ meeting with Dwight Howard just before he made his decision. The sources were saying that part of the meeting’s discussion turned to Howard’s questioning about the timetable for the end of the “Kobe Bryant Era.”
In other words, Howard wanted to be the no. 1 option and the go-to man, and he wanted to know exactly how long he would have to wait to be that man before he agreed to stay with the Lakers.
Lakers fans everywhere should be happy that Howard is gone because his ego was too big to fit inside of the Staples Center. Howard probably looks with envy at Bryant and sees the amount of control he has in the Lakers’ decisions. He probably expects that, being the All-Star center he is, he ought to get the same kind of control and power when Kobe has declined or retired.
But the most important thing Howard has forgotten is that only a champion and a true leader gets the kind of power that Bryant has. Howard has won zero NBA championships and clearly pulled apart his former team, the Orlando Magic.
Known for getting his former coach Stan Van Gundy fired under the assumption that he would stay in Orlando, Howard subsequently left for Los Angeles. Howard has proved that he is not half the leader that is Bryant.