Dwight Inspired By Kobe: "Kobe will make me a better man and player"

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 5 years ago '09        #1
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Dwight Inspired By Kobe: "Kobe will make me a better man and player"
 

 

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- It was four days in a season that at times has felt four years long. But amid the festivities of All-Star weekend in Houston last month, Dwight Howard says he found time to make some very important changes.

"I'm a big thinker," Howard said during a wide-ranging, candid interview after the Los Angeles Lakers practiced Saturday afternoon. "So I just stayed in the hotel and thought about the first half of the season and how I could do better for our team.

And I just told myself, 'I'm going to commit myself to being better for the second half of the season.'
That meant cutting sugar completely out of his diet so he could get into the kind of shape he needed to be in to be the Lakers' defensive anchor and run coach Mike D'Antoni's pick-and-roll sets.

That meant acknowledging that he was trying to be somebody he wasn't the first half of the season.

And, yes, it meant admitting to himself that playing alongside the hard-driving Kobe Bryant was something that he needed both personally and professionally.

"It's going to make me a better man and a better player from watching Kobe," Howard said.

Playing in Los Angeles, for a franchise with expectations as high as the Lakers, is "a lot different," Howard said.

"Besides just the expectations," he said. "In games, I mess up and there's somebody in the crowd saying something and I'm ready to snap at 'em. That's not what we're supposed to do.

"But you look at a guy like Kobe and he doesn't care about nothing but going out there and playing hard. That's a lesson a lot of us have to learn -- especially young guys."
Howard said he and Bryant always have had a good relationship, but it's deepened this season, particularly since the All-Star break.

"I told him [Bryant]: 'I'm afraid to miss. When I get out there, I don't want to miss, and I end up missing.' And he was like: 'You know what? Shoot 1,000 jumpshots a day. You're going to miss a lot of those shots. But that's OK. Because you're teaching yourself it's OK to miss.'

"Now I see it. He gets out there and he might miss a couple 3s, but then he'll make nine in a row. You see that and it just kind of gives you more inspiration."

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 Dwight Howard of Los Angeles Lakers rededicates self, with a.ssist to Kobe Bryant - ESPN Los Angeles

61 comments for "Dwight Inspired By Kobe: "Kobe will make me a better man and player""

 5 years ago '05        #2
Hold That 104 heat pts104
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That was a good read, I think BOTH Kobe and Howard will grow.. Howard will become more mature, and so will Kobe.. I think this is the first time Kobe actually feels OBLIGATED to mentor a player. Why do I say obligated? Because Kobe knows the Lakers are going as far as Dwights play allows them too, especially when the playoffs come around. Kobe's window is closing, and I doubt he wants to think for the rest of his life, if he could have won with Howard if he actually mentored him.. Glad to see Kobe stepping up, when the rumor been going on for awhile that he simply doesn't care.


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 5 years ago '12        #3
dman 4901 38 heat pts38
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 #TheReturn said:
That was a good read, I think BOTH Kobe and Howard will grow.. Howard will become more mature, and so will Kobe.. I think this is the first time Kobe actually feels OBLIGATED to mentor a player. Why do I mean obligated? Because Kobe knows the Lakers are going as far as Dwights play allows them too.
so much truth in this post both negative an positive
 5 years ago '07        #4
Bkjj11 3745 heat pts3745
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he's resigning and we bout to 3 peat again, kobe 9 rings

i feel it in the air.

mamba zen 2.0


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 5 years ago '04        #5
d2921 2853 heat pts2853
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rapist dont make people better
 5 years ago '05        #6
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 5 years ago '11        #7
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#DwightExpress
 5 years ago '12        #8
CosbySweater 302 heat pts302
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Good read
 5 years ago '12        #9
ThePainkiller 356 heat pts356
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 Legit1 said:

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I think Kobe has made Dwight a believer these last few games. He's finally seeing that he needs to let Kobe be the man since he does it all.
 5 years ago '12        #10
CaliSteppin 36 heat pts36
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 #TheReturn said:
That was a good read, I think BOTH Kobe and Howard will grow.. Howard will become more mature, and so will Kobe.. I think this is the first time Kobe actually feels OBLIGATED to mentor a player. Why do I say obligated? Because Kobe knows the Lakers are going as far as Dwights play allows them too, especially when the playoffs come around. Kobe's window is closing, and I doubt he wants to think for the rest of his life, if he could have won with Howard if he actually mentored him.. Glad to see Kobe stepping up, when the rumor been going on for awhile that he simply doesn't care.
Kobe wants to leave the Lakers franchise to Dwight once he hangs it up but hes molding Dwight into a leader and Dwight has to see that
 5 years ago '12        #11
Young Perm 9 heat pts
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matter of time till kobe de-bi*ched dude. lets see what happens
 5 years ago '04        #12
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these past few games would inspire anybody
 5 years ago '12        #13
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 Legit1 said:

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 5 years ago '12        #14
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 Kadillac87 said:
#DwightExpress
I think Ill take my ticket now conductor
 5 years ago '12        #15
Fearless Genius 72 heat pts72
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i'm proud to say... that's my center

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 5 years ago '07        #16
bluehefner96 105 heat pts105
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Kobe inspired me to do a better job at flipping these patties on time.
 5 years ago '10        #17
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#kobesystem
 5 years ago '12        #18
Kastanova 91 heat pts91
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Still not believing in Howard just yet.

But

that's my team!
 5 years ago '04        #19
GollyI'mGully 69 heat pts69
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i don't think there's been a player other than kobe that's made his team mates better players AND people
 5 years ago '11        #20
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 GucciBoy347 said:
I think Ill take my ticket now conductor
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