Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 at 5:25 pm  |  54 responses

Dwight Howard Says Lakers Can Still Win the NBA Championship

The Los Angeles Lakers are in danger of missing the Playoffs, but that’s not stopping Dwight Howard from boldly stating that he still believes in his struggling team’s title chances. Howard told the media today that if LA gets into the postseason dance, they’re confident they can win the whole thing (no word if reporters burst out laughing after Dwight made this statement…). Per the LA Times: “If we get into the playoffs, there’s no doubt in my mind and in any of our minds, that we can win a championship,’ he said. ‘It would be stupid of me to sit here and say to you [media] guys that if we make it to the playoffs, we’ll be out in the first round. I have confidence in our team.’ The Lakers, though, trail Utah by half a game and have already lost the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Jazz. The Lakers (40-37) have five games left and begin a back-to-back Tuesday against New Orleans at Staples Center. They continue it Wednesday at Portland, where they are 4-17 since 2002. Howard isn’t ready to consider the imponderable: Will the Lakers fail to make the playoffs? ‘I really haven’t even thought about it,’ he said. ‘When we’re away from the game, we just keep our minds on something else so we won’t just think so much about what we need to do. I think that’s bad for us players. When we get in the gym, then it’s time to go to work.’ Howard said the Lakers hadn’t adopted a dour attitude yet. ‘We smile in the locker room. We’re still blessed to be alive. No need to walk around with frowns on our faces,’ he said. ‘We know what we need to do as a team — we’ve just got to go do it.’”

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  • playa

    Of course you can Dwight& on top of this they can be the first team in nba history to win it all playing from 9th seed…..and probably the last one to do so.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Guess no one informed him that it is impossible to win a playoff game let alone the championship as the 9th seed.

  • LLC#12

    At least wait until you actually MAKE the playoffs before spurting out something this dumb. Concentrate on getting that 8th seed for now.

  • The Seed


  • LakeShow

    9TH SEED,
    1ST SEED!

    naw we’ll probably win 1 game IF we make the playoffs.

    but…. Don’t think for a second i’ll be surprised if KB will’s them into a series win (or two). Their defense is just so sh*tty, I don’t think it’ll happen.

  • Dymez

    If the Lakers manage to win the championship from the 9th seed, “bad officiating” should no longer be the conspiracy that people are worried about. Lol!

  • roscoe

    not only is their defense despicable, their ability to turn the ball over is all-time

  • http://www.facebook.com/a.really.lovely.soft.panda Angus Robert McGuigan

    lol jks

  • mike

    And this is why they are in the 9th spot. Dwight just happy to be alive, while kobe killin his tired old injured body cuz he hates to lose…

  • Redd

    Then he woke up..

  • Redd

    Never respected you more, but the Lakers are still a threat if Dwight & Kobe can get going.

  • yourdribbleizcookiez

    Dwight says many things. This doesn’t mean they’re true. #lakersoutsidelookingin

  • robb

    this dude makes me cry

  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    Okay Dwight…. jokes aside please.

  • north

    they have the easiest schedule left of any playoff team or playoff hopeful team so if they don’t make it into the playoffs that says more than anything Dwight might have.

  • dmx

    Dwight thinks that he can pick any date out and the season will magically restart. No, your putting yourself in a very deep hole if you do even make the 8th seed.

  • Blarmac

    I’m not even that big of a Kobe fan, but I’m going to be pissed if they don’t make the playoffs this year. However, he might need the rest…..

  • Amanda B. Cabral

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  • Ugh

    Hmm. Let’s see.
    Can they beat the Spurs in a 7 game series? No.
    Can they beat the Clips or the Grizz in a 7 game series? No.
    Can they beat the Thunder in a 7 game series? No.
    Can they beat the Heat in a 7 game series? No.
    If only they had a more advantageous bracket to move through they could do it, but the numbers here make it seem unlikely.

  • Mackenzie

    If they make the playoffs, Gasol find a set of balls, Earl Clark has a coming out party, Nash channels 2007 and Dwight plays like a beast then yes they could possibly win it all from the 8th seed. We all know what we’re getting from Kobe, and the rest of the team is relatively thin.

  • Caboose

    Sigh, still no paragraphs.

  • Brownjesus

    Richard is such a swell guy. Fourty hours a month? thats the amount I spend masturbating!

  • shockexchange

    True, but can he still quit talking to the media and sign that ____ contract?

  • G

    What a joke!!!!!!!!! I really think the lakers wouldnt even have won the ncca title this season let alone the nba!!!! may be the d-league yes.

  • windsurfer-sp

    What a jerk! That guy should be telling his team to stop trying! He should hate the statistically true possibility he could win a championship!

  • speedy

    Drugtest please.

  • Drig

    Still believe in Kobe. As long as he’s able to get onto the floor, I’ll continue to believe LAL has a chance.

    Dwight, as long as you take care of our D and let Pau play off Kobe and vice versa like today, we’ll have a slim chance of making the WCF.

  • LP

    In my mind, this is the same exact team that got SWEPT by the Mavs 2 years ago, and OKC embarrassed last year…..aint $H!T change but leaves on the trees!!! REBUILD, Its over Lakers. (also, you can replace “lakers” with “Spurs”, sort of…This goes for them too. SAME EXACT TEAM!)

  • C-Mac

    Nothing wrong with thinking it privately, but saying it in the media – especially given the team hasn’t even qualified for the playoffs yet – just makes him look like a buffoon. Would it have killed him to say something along the lines of:

    ‘We’re just taking it one game at a time and trying to make the playoffs first. IF we make the playoffs then we’ll worry about that.’

    Apparently yes, it would have.

  • Anthony Dixon

    “If we get into the playoffs, there’s no doubt in my mind and in any of our minds, that we can win a championship,’

  • bike

    All things are possible
    Through Kobe Motherfu*in Bryant
    Who strengthens them

  • Whtsuup

    I thought only 8 teams get into the dance? Where have I been

  • David Stern


  • Drig

    LAL led OKC in 4 of the 5 games entering Q4. Then they played too much ISO, some of it because of Kobe and some of it because the rest of the team didn’t cut too much or make shots.

    Plus, the team would’ve been a #3 seed if it were the exact same team…….

  • funguy

    I think they could get to the finals. They’re biggest threat in the west are just the Clippers. They’ve beaten the Nuggets, OKC, the Grizzlies, Golden state, and they match up well with the Spurs. They can beat Houston too. And they cause some mismatches with the Heat with Dwight and Gasol. They’d play better in the post season because they’d be competing for something. Dwight and Nash are ringless so they’d be going hard

  • Headhunterz

    huh what you know we are in the 8th seed now. You do realize he said “IF WE MAKE IT TO THE PLAYOFFS”. Key word “IF”, he believes in his team that’s all that matters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.kennedy.940098 Michael Kennedy

    I see you have no knowledge or sense of basketball, you sound redicilous. They could not beat either of these teams in a series,the lakers are garbage. I doubt they can even make the 8th seed get real!

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.kennedy.940098 Michael Kennedy

    Many of you sound like idiots. I cannot beleive such ignorance exsist.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.kennedy.940098 Michael Kennedy


  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.kennedy.940098 Michael Kennedy

    Evidently you have not seen the schudle. I would not call golden state, the spurs and houston easy teams.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.kennedy.940098 Michael Kennedy

    Best comment yet!

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.kennedy.940098 Michael Kennedy

    Kobe is not the only player on the floor. I believe is 4 other players. This is a team sport not an individual one. If kobe was the difference that would not be fighting for an 8th seed to make it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.kennedy.940098 Michael Kennedy

    When you come out of your illusion the facts remain the same. The lakers are garbage right now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.kennedy.940098 Michael Kennedy

    It is likely and possible that they wont even make the playoff, Kobe is not longer the sheriff the mantle has been passed get over it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.kennedy.940098 Michael Kennedy

    Get going home, that is the only place they will be going.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.kennedy.940098 Michael Kennedy

    Ignorance is bliss.

  • Lenuam

    If by divine intervention or if they have more tricks under their sleeves, then they will.

  • Drig

    You obviously didn’t read the second half of my post. Without Kobe, we’re screwed even if we magically become the Bulls on D because we’d have zero shot creators on the perimeter with Nash out.

    Re-read the 2nd half of my post. With Kobe playing well and leading the team’s O and Dwight our D , IF Dwight and Pau can co-exist and can demarcate their roles clearly and play them to perfection, there’s a chance for the Lakers to win if things go their way i.e. Lakers would still have a chance.

    Before calling others idiots, try to analyze what you read. Idiot.

  • LP

    OKC overwhelmed the Lakers…no contest.

  • bb91103

    It works for Republicans why not Lakers fans.

  • Drig

    They are garbage on D right now. No two ways about it. I’m just saying the series vs OKC wasn’t as one-sided as everyone acts.

  • shutup

    Sarcasm, look it up……

  • FIle a Complaint with the FBI

    The Lakers have had game winning calls/no calls against Sac Memphis NewOrleans and again last night a against Portland, no call on Lillards lay up blocked by dwight, fouled on the drive and hurt his knee. From a tie game to 4 point game with less than 2 minutes…. I filed a complaint with the FBI. It goes beyond Sport riggery to market manipulation that can truly bankrupt it’s victims…. Look at what happened to Sacramento after being robbed a championship… By current NBA rules, they review and overturn Samaki Walker halftime 3 ball in game 4… Kings win game 4, and Kings win in 5 games (4-1 series). Without even mentioning Game 6 where the Lakers shot 27 free throws in the 4th… that’s 108 free throws per game.

  • http://twitter.com/atomicpunkf charles f martinez

    Like STEVEN TYLER sings Dream On