Dwight Howard on Pressure from Kobe Bryant to Play: ‘He’s Not a Doctor’

by February 07, 2013

After getting publicly pressured to fight through his shoulder and back injuries by Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard fired back when confronted by the media in Boston today. Howard — who took part in the morning shootaround, and is considered a gametime decision for tonight — says that Kobe is not a doctor, and that he won’t take unnecessary risks with his basketball career (and future earnings) at stake. Per ESPN: “That’s his opinion, that’s it. He’s not a doctor, I’m not a doctor. That’s his opinion.’ […] ‘I want to play,’ Howard said. ‘I mean, why wouldn’t I want to play? But, at the same time, this is my career, this is my future, this is my life. I can’t leave that up to anybody else because nobody else is going to take care of me. So, if people are pissed off that I don’t play or if I do play, whatever it may be, so what? This is my career. If I go down, then what? Everybody’s life is going to go on. I don’t want to have another summer where I’m rehabbing and trying to get healthy again. I want to come back and have another great year. That’s what I want to do.'”