Kobe Bryant: Dwight Howard ‘ready’ to help Lakers
Kobe Bryant did not see eye-to-eye with Dwight Howard during the latter’s one-season stint with the Los Angeles Lakers years back — to put it mildly — but the retired legend believes the former superstar center is in a good spot to help the team in his second go-round with the iconic organization.
Bryant joined CBS’ “The Talk” this week, and he weighed in on Howard’s prospects for success in 2019-20 as a secondary piece to the LeBron James-Anthony Davis tandem.
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“I think he’s ready. He’s ready for this next time around, do whatever is necessary to help the team be successful,” Bryant said. “And I think he’ll do it.”
Bryant also noted that he and Howard had a “tough” go of it in their one campaign together during the Lakers’ 2012-13 season, and it merits noting the antagonism did not end there once Howard moved on and joined the Rockets.
Howard has been remarkably candid ahead of his second stint with the Lakers, even attempting to remain above the fray after both Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal took potshots at him on social media.
“Get better,” Bryant added on the show regarding the advice he’d give to Howard. “I think a lot of times as professionals you start the season without the intention of getting better as the season progresses. You always continue to work on your weaknesses as the season progresses.”
The 33-year-old Howard presumably recognizes this could very well be his last chance to resurrect his flailing career, so Kobe’s endorsement likely is a welcome endorsement for the veteran.