Monday, October 22nd, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  38 responses

Kobe Bryant Wants Dwight Howard to Improve His Offensive Game

Dwight Howard made his highly-anticipated debut for the Lakers last night, and even though the team took another L, things were encouraging. Kobe Bryant, however, sees room for improvement in Howard’s offensive repertoire. From Yahoo! Sports: “From the moment the Lakers made the trade for Howard in August, Bryant had insisted this offense would go through him, and he tried so hard to deliver that message on Sunday night. All of them did. Over and over, the Lakers played pick-and-roll with Howard, tossed him lob dunks – some thunderously finished, some sloppily missed – and everyone could live with the loss, because they understood that Howard needed to get Sunday out of the way. Howard had to play those 33 minutes, and get up again after everyone gasped at the thud of DeMarcus Cousins slamming him onto his back. ‘I’m going to have some tough falls, because I play hard, and I like to block all the shots,’ Howard said. These Lakers don’t wonder defensively about Howard, because they already see the way he’s going to change everything for them there. Yet Bryant has gone out of his way to push Howard to become a far more complete offensive player, to, in his words, ‘challenge him to do more than just screen-and-roll and dunk. We want opposing teams to see him as a dominant force.’”

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  • thetruth

    This could be one of the most misleading titles I’ve ever seen. Even for SLAM.

  • shutup

    Now that Kobe says it watch Lakernation agree that Howard is a lacking offensive player. Watch if Dwight doesn,t improve the ball will find a way to avoid Howard in the post, although many believe Bynum to be a lesser player than Dwight, Bynum imo has the edge offensively and Kobe still didn’t let the ball be dumped down regularly and lets not mention that Pau is more skilled on the block than both of these guys and in his tenure as a Laker still had trouble finding quality touches in the post.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    “Yet Bryant has gone out of his way to push Howard to
    become a far more complete offensive player, to, in his words,
    ‘challenge him to do more than just screen-and-roll and dunk. We want
    opposing teams to see him as a dominant force.” Did you read that part? How is the title misleading?

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    I’m not buying into this “Dwight Howard as the no. 1 option” business until I see it for a long stretch during the regular season. And Kobe only taking 12 shots? Let me see how long that lasts.

  • Max

    Really Kobe?

  • Guest

    MJ mentally destroys a developing Kwame Brown… Will Kobe mentally destroy as still developing Dwight Howard?

  • http://twitter.com/anorman14 Ant

    MJ mentally destroyed a developing Kwame Brown….Will Kobe mentally destroy Dwight Howard?

  • shockexchange

    Horry Jr simply pointed out the fact that D12 doesn’t have a solid “go-to” move … since he’s been in the L most of his points are on dunks and power moves. But when Shaq points this out, he’s considered a “hater.” This is another example of Horry Jr trying to take credit for the Lakers’ success.

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  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    This isn’t news. We been know that Dwight only dunks and bricks freethrows

  • spit hot fiyah

    r u drawing any type of comparison what so ever between howard and kwame?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you can’t honestly be comparing Kwame Brown to Dwight Howard…

  • http://twitter.com/SupermanayrB B!

    Kwame Brown being Kwame Brown destroyed a developing Kwame Brown.

  • justin05

    lol my thoughts exactly

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    And I suppose you believe that Kobe is also trying to take all the credit for Bron’s much improved post game, Lin’s brief tear last season and Peyton Manning’s huge 4Q comeback last MNF.

  • LakeShow

    lol, yeah we needed Kobe to point that out for us. We had no idea DH wasn’t Dream on the block until he mentioned it…

  • Clos1881

    Did shaq have a “go to move” to me all of shaqs points were scored by power moves and dunks so to criticize Dwight for what he did could be considered hating

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    I dunno, Dwight’s post game sorta resembles Dream from the earlier NBA Live games…

  • bike

    People have been saying this about Dwight for years now. And opposing teams have always seen him as a dominant force. Kobe simply restating the obvious.

  • shockexchange

    Don’t go putting words into the Shock Exchange’s mouth. D12 is aready the most dominant center in the game, that’s why L.A. and Horry Jr were pining for him. Once D12 exerts his dominance in L.A., somehow Horry Jr. is gonna try and take credit for “having shown D12 how to improve his offense.”

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange is obviously an expertise when it comes to basketball so he would not compare D12 to Shaq – the Wilt Chamberlain of his era. But you can.

  • Atlanta Zone 6

    Never fail to show up on a Kobe post I see……..worry about them Spurzzzzzz

  • A.

    You’re an “expertise”? I have now heard everything.

  • shockexchange

    After a vicious attack against his person, the Shock Exchange now stands corrected. Despite the fact that D12 was the most dominant center prior to coming to L.A., Horry Jr is not going to take credit for all of his success going forward. Thanks for clearing that up.

  • shockexchange

    You know what the Shock Exchange meant. Quit trying to be funny.

  • roscoe

    small piano hands & immaturity are equally responsible for kbrown.


    Kobe wants a lot of things…35 shots a game…father-time to go away…his wife to take him back…and to be able to hold MJ’s jock strap…what he should want is the ability to shut-up…

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Tell me when I said I was a Spurs fan.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Also, look at almost each post that has been up today..you’ll see I commented on most of them. As I usually do. If you were smart, you would have done it before you made that stupid comment.

  • Junior Taylor

    This is what Shaq was alluding to when he said that Howard is basically a PnR european-type center. Now, in no way shape or form do I agree with his Bynum/Lopez are better than Howard assertion but he was right on Howard lacking a consistent back-to-the-basket game

  • Datkid

    Is Howard’s post game the greatest? no. of course not. but he does clearly have one. You don’t make it to the finals by just knowing how to run pick and roll. howard is as effective in the post as bynum honestly, even though he’s less skilled and once he’s there, and you double team him, unlike bynum, he can kick it to shooters and cutters better than drew ever could. Howard’s post game could be better but let’s not act like he doesn’t have one.

  • Datkid

    Howard has a post game. If he didn’t have one, he’d be tyson chandler. period

  • grokit

    Kareem’s teaching Howard the Skyhook, hopefully that will be his go-to shot.

  • Anonymous

    Bynum is better than D Howard, but their asses are greedy and they will most likely regret it

  • shutup

    The one were the post game only consisted of jumpshots from close to the basket?

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  • Slick Ric

    not necessarily, his defense would still be superior but I get what you’re saying.

  • gogadantes

    Sorry, even if Dwight’s defense isn’t accounted at all, he’d still be better than Chandler offensively on account of his ridiculous strength and leaping ability. Someone with his physique can still dunk over people on pick and rolls even without any post game and get his points.