Dwight Howard opens up, talks honestly about relationship with Kobe Bryant
The nature of how Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant have meshed since Howard arrived in Los Angeles has been heavily scrutinized and much-discussed. The Los Angeles Lakers center cut open a vein (and talked about cutting other things, specifically farts) during a recent interview on Miami’s 790 The Ticket, discussing a multitude of topics, including the perceived acrimonious and strained relationship that exists between the two Lakers superstars with Dan LeBatard, Stugotz and his former Orlando Magic coach, Stan Van Gundy.
With his one and only visit to Orlando — and the hype, controversy and vitriol surrounding his return — out of the way, Howard is able to take a hard look at how things have gone this season. First and foremost, here’s what Howard, after saying this season “hasn’t been a whole lot of fun,” had to say about how he and Kobe get on (graciously transcribed by Sports Radio Interviews):
“We’re not best friends but I would say that we understand where we’re at. We’re pretty much on the same page as far as what it’s going to take for us to get to the next level and for us to win. I have to bring that energy and effort every night and because I’m in better shape, I’m able to do that for longer periods.”
Seems like a fair assessment of the situation. Teammates don’t necessarily have to be friends; they just need to be able to tolerate each other and work towards a common goal: Winning. Even Kobe might even share in that sentiment, if his tweet from earlier this week is any indication:
not sure why I’m following my teammates when I see them every damn day .. #twitteretiquette
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) March 20, 2013
Howard was also asked about another professional relationship of his that was seen from the outside as awkward and strained: His dealings with his former coach in Orlando, Stan Van Gundy, and whether or not he has a developed a newfound appreciation for the man:
“I’ve always appreciated Stan and the one thing that I appreciated about him was that he pushed me to the limits. He let me know if I’m not playing good or doing anything out there, he chewed me out for it because he wanted the best for the team. Sometimes when we’re away from it, we get the chance to see it from the other side. I appreciate everything he did for my game and for our team. I think a lot of guys who played under Stan feel the same way. It’s not a knock to Coach (Mike) D’Antoni and his system. I was just referring to how Stan is and what he did for our games.”
Finally, on a humorous note, Howard discussed his reputation of being a notoriously gassy individual:
“(Laughing) Stan (Van Gundy) used to get mad because I would have so much gas. It was like I didn’t have gas at home but I always had it when we had practice and especially when he talked. I used to always let it out.”
This just in: Being in the presence of Stan Van Gundy and listening to him speak makes people fart. Good to know. Now I have been left to wonder what kind of noxious fumes permeate that radio booth with those three guys — mainly Van Gundy — in it. They probably need respirators.