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Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 at 10:05 am  |  22 responses

Dwight Howard Says He Loves Kobe Bryant’s Confrontational Style


It hasn’t been the smoothest, easiest, or even friendliest transition from foes to teammates between Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard. The Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar center claims now that the occasional friction between the two is actually healthy, and something he enjoys. Per the LA Daily News: “I love it,’ Howard said. ‘That’s something we needed. A lot of times we have a lot of guys come together and nobody wants to step on anybody’s toes or do anything against anybody else. We want to win. In order for us to win, we have to pull the best out of each other every night.’ [...] ‘We all know Kobe is the first option,’ Howard said. ‘Whoever scores after that doesn’t matter. The defensive end is where I take lead and make sure I hold guys accountable and make sure do my job in being active.’ Both Howard and Bryant have refused to talk about the specifics of their meeting. But it mostly rested on Howard needing to gripe less about his secondary offensive role and how he can lead the team on defense. How much of an adjustment period did it take for Howard to accept that role? ‘It wasn’t an easy one. We’re both two big dogs and we bump heads,’ Howard said. ‘Instead of us bumping heads, we can do things to lead this team offensively. He’s going to lead our team. On the defensive end, it’s my job. We all have different roles. We all have one common goal. We have to be together in order for us to succeed.’ To win, Bryant has argued the need to have a culture that’s ‘confrontational.’ [...] ‘I’m happy me and Kobe are getting on the same page,’ Howard said. ‘In order for us to win, me and him have to be together and on the same page. We have to lead this team.’”

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  • shockexchange

    D12 loves Horry Jr’s confrontational style so much that he re-signed with L.A. six weeks ago. (Bey voice) “If he liked it then he woulda put a ring on it … Hello Brooklyn”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    This guys talks a lot, but doesn’t actually believe any of the things he says.

  • Caboose

    BULLLLLLLSH!T.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk
  • https://twitter.com/Wayne__o BuenoWayno1

    Nobody believes or cares what dwight has to say anymore….let the lakers go on a losing streak and watch how he quickly he changes his tune.

  • Caboose

    Did anybody ever actually think D’Antoni knew what he was doing?

  • shutup

    Don’t believe the hype, Kobe might have realized he was chasing the wrong title this year; I don’t think this is a permanent change though. The rift is more of a fissure in the tectonic plates that California is famous for; just waiting for Kobe to realize how many points he’s leaving on the table and revert back to jack mode. Not really sure winning is most important to the Black Mamba; the remainder of the season will definitely be an eye opener to his priorities.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Me. And i still do. That interview, imo, is great.

  • Caboose

    If it ends up working, then he gets more credit. If the Lakers keep stumbling, it’ll look like he hasn’t done enough. Either way, he’s doing everything he can to keep his job.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i think what really bother’s people about D’Antoni is that he sees Basketball as having simple concepts that lead to success. Since he isn’t making it complicated he looks like a lamen. When, (imo) he is going about everything (especially at the NBA level) correctly. Granted, his system isn’t the triangle, and there are many weaknesses. But he does understand that these are NBA players, they can play, keeping it simple and letting them do so is the best way to keep everyone happy and remain successful. The problem with that is, EVERY player has to buy in, not 11 or 3, however many bought in originally with the Lakers.

  • Caboose

    Well said. I just don’t think his simple concepts are necessarily the best ones, or even close to them. But I agree, it can be moderately successful if EVERYBODY believes in it. I think the Lakers are all starting to get there. D’Antoni was gifted with a Phoenix team who ALL bought into it right off the bat.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    what about his philosophies do you disagree with? Or do you just disagree with the overlying theme of making extremely quick decisions rather than “finding the best” decision?

  • Caboose

    I think Gregg Popovich is the greatest coach of all time. I think you can figure out what I disagree with :p

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    NOPE – especially if you have watched his teams play in the last 2 years. i really really don’t understand.

  • Caboose

    To me, motion offenses are the most effective. Ones with high ball movement, low dribble time, and lots of off ball screens are excellent. Hence why I love Pop’s offense and Adelman’s to an extent. D’Antoni seems to me to be a fast version of Mike Woodson; that is, he utilizes one on one matchups, lots of drive-and-kick, and reliance on player instinct. Granted, this can work. I just think it can be exploited by a defense much easier than a motion based offense. I could be off base here, but having watched a good amount of games, that’s the impression I get. Is that fair?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you are right in that D’Antoni’s offense is much more dribble based.
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    (Mike Woodson was strictly an isolation coach. all of his sets were predicated on taking advantage of mismatches. but since he took over New York he literally just adopted D’Antoni’s offense. — Melo just makes it look like that Isolation stuff is still there, when really it isn’t).
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    whether or not it is easier to gameplan for i think depends on the players. — for instance. San Antonio’s offense would be much much less potent if they had any PG that isn’t Tony Parker / Russell Westbrook / Derrick Rose / Kyrie Irving. Basically the guys that can get into the paint at will and finish at a high %. Plus the Tim Duncan aspect of their team is still outrageously undervalued (not by you, but by most people). What he does in terms of starting breaks with outlet passes, and distributing from the post allow them to do all the other things they do.
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    (now that isn’t to say Popovich wouldn’t change his system to fit different personnell – cuz he would, and has, (3) times by my count).
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    and i do have the same opinion of Pop as you do, that he is the best coach in the world. i just don’t see him as an “opposite” to D’Antoni by any stretch. he’s just smarter.

  • Caboose

    True, he’s not exactly an opposite. I’ve been in Sacramento and watching the Kings suck for almost a decade now so I have my DISDAIN for dribble offenses. And yes, you are probably right that Melo’s iso tendencies can make ANY offense look like iso.
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    As for Pop, I also REALLY like how he can quickly alternate between low and high post centered offenses. Adelman tends to stick with high post, while someone like Tyrone Corbin runs almost exclusively lowpost. Sure, it’s part personnel, but it’s the diversity.
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    By contrast, whereas the variety of offenses for Pop comes from Pop, any variety in D’Antoni’s offenses comes from his players. Kobe, Dwight, Nash, and Pau each allow for unique plays each time down the court and it is because of them, NOT because of D’Antoni, that the Lakers have a diverse offense. You could argue it’s D’Antoni giving them freedom, but that sounds like a copout.
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    I’m still not sure how much sense I’m making.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you are making sense.
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    you have to look at the genius in D’Antoni’s system is that he gives his guys freedom. it’s what makes his successful teams outrageously successful, and his not successful teams, outrageous failures. i get why that looks like a cop-out but you could say the exact same thing about Phil Jackson. Would you call that a cop-out?

  • Caboose

    I suppose that’s a good parallel. It also relies on his ability to get players to truly play TOGETHER. That’s why Phil did better than Mike will, one of them is much better at team cohesion.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i can’t fight that. as i said from the day Mike Brown got fired. The ONLY reason i preferred D’Antoni too Jackson is because one would be around longer than the other. And both need time to get everyone on the same page.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    lying ass dwight

  • Mike. Dantoni

    Lame

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