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Kobe Bryant Wants Dwight Howard More Involved Offensively

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Contrary to popular belief, Kobe Bryant actually wants Dwight Howard more involved on the offensive end.

Furthermore, after a bit of research, it’s for good reason.

According to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times, Dwight Howard was visibly upset at his lack of offensive impact during the Lakers’ 109-103 loss against the Golden State Warriors, even saying “I don’t really want to even talk about it.”

However, when Bryant was asked about Howard and his offense, he had this to say:

“I think he’s playing phenomenal. We’ve got to figure out a way to get him some more looks down low. I tried to step back as much as I could [Monday] and let that develop. But then [Howard hit] foul trouble and all of a sudden, it’s a 19-point game, can’t sit around much longer. We’ve got to figure that balance out.”

Apparently, it’s not as simple as just throwing the ball down low to Howard, either:

“You put him in a tough position because you just dump the ball off to him and now you’ve got five guys, four guys, breathing down his neck. We’ve got to run some things and get him on the move a little bit, make his life a little easier.”

Bryant went on to say that he encourages Dwight to shoot the outside shot as well–as he made a couple outside jumpers against Washington, but struggled against Golden State–as the only way to gain confidence is to keep shooting the ball.

Personally, I think it’s a good idea as well, as Howard has apparently worked on his mid-range shot a bit. If he can consistently hit it, it would allow Pau Gasol an opportunity to operate in the post while playing alongside Dwight. That would open up things for both big men, and be extremely tough for opponents to guard; drawing similarities to the way Pau and Marc Gasol play a la the Spanish National team.

Imagine Pau Gasol drawing a double-team in the post and flipping the ball over his head to a cutting Dwight Howard for an uncontested dunk. Get to workin’ on that play, coach D’Antoni!

As for the overall balance and getting Howard more involved, it’s a no-brainer that Dwight plays much better overall when he’s involved offensively and the team is generally more dominant when he has a big game.

For edification, in the 20 games in which Howard has had at least 20 points, he’s averaged 13.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocks.

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Additionally, when Howard attempts 13 or more field goals (which is closer to the average he had last year in Orlando), he pulls down 14.1 boards and gets 2.7 blocks, but also puts up 23.3 points on 58.1 percent shooting.

Those numbers aren’t much more impressive than the 12.5 rebounds and 2.4 blocks he averages on the season, but it’s the energy and focus in which he plays with when he’s involved offensively that truly impacts the game in a positive manner.

Let’s take those 20 games where Dwight scores 20 points or more, for example: The Lakers are 14-6 (.700).

Similarly, in the 22 games in which Dwight gets 13 or more shot attempts, the Lakers are 17-5 (.773).

Those numbers simply don’t lie; especially for a team that’s 36-35 (.507) on the season, and 33-32 (.508) with Dwight Howard in the lineup.

Although as Kobe says, it isn’t as easy as simply dumping the ball into Dwight, the Lakers certainly need to find more ways to feature their big man on the offensive end of the floor if they intend to make the playoffs and make some noise in it.

 

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  • joe23

    how can he involve more in the offensive end if kobe ballhog the alot, like what happen to the wizard game, the last four tree minutes of the game he don’t even pass the ball, no ball movement at all…

  • Charles B.

    Im guessing you are an idiot based on you grammer, so I’m going to ignore your whole statement. As per the writer of this article you’ve hit it dead right; like Kobe said: “we have to find a balance,” not just him and howard but all of them. There shouldn’t be a time when a team can say “we know at this time they will do this or that.” The Lakers have become predictable. With the players they have they should be able to attack any team and be unpredictable to the other team. Only then will this team get it together to win in the playoffs and really have a chance at a championship.

    • http://www.facebook.com/suki.thind.1 Suki Thind

      lol at first you were talking about MY grammar. I was like “Damn, I really need to stop writing articles at 2AM.” Haha, but yes, with this talent, the Lakers should be able to pick apart other teams. Even without a system, they showed they were capable of doing this for a stretch. Some games weren’t fluid, but some really made them look unbeatable. I think it’s a matter of staying disciplined and making sure to move the ball. At the same time, I wish there were a system in place with reactions and counters and all of that stuff. Pick-and-roll, pick-and-roll, pick-and-roll works for certain teams, but this team has a bunch of guys who can pass and do other things too. That should just be a PART of their game, and if they can figure out how to use the post with Dwight, Gasol, and even Kobe more, it would make them much stronger. My belief is, if you have players capable of doing certain things, you exhaust all of their capabilities! Use Gasol’s passing and post-play. Use Kobe’s post play as well as his pick-and-roll. Use all of these guys and keep adding to the repertoire. Hopefully they can get it together!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000148375802 Steve Chavez

        I agree with respect to the fact that they clearly have the people in place to put pressure on the defense if they utilize their skill and have a plan to execute with the proper spacing to force the defense to sacrifice something besides three pointers. The Lakers aren’t very good in that area compared to the rest of the league. The fact is… they waste a lot of clock and throw up a lot of crap which gives teams, especially running teams, an opportunity to force the tempo and put them on their heels. I don’t see a coaching staff addressing or adjusting to this. I don’t understand why. They should be doing more with what they’ve got out there… I don’t see a team not working hard. I just see a team not given the proper tools to succeed…

    • Terrence

      Hard to strike a balance when the team is composed of very streaky players. Their most consistent guys are all dealing with nagging injuries. The most consistent bench player in what he gives the team every game is probably Hill, but we’ll be lucky if he gets back on the court at all this season.

  • World Peace Sucks

    Kobe thinks Howard should get more touches when he is the one not passing the ball, Kobe GTFU tired of you shooting the ball night and night out

    • Terrence

      For me its not so much that Kobe isn’t passing the ball, it’s that when it gets down to the final three minutes of the game, Kobe almost never passes. He doesn’t even try to go inside. Teams are just fine with that. The fix is simple, Nash needs to stop giving him the ball after the inbounds in the final minutes. Kobe talks about involving Dwight more, but that’s two-faced. Everyone knows in the final minutes with the game on the line, Kobe rarely initiates any offense and just goes one on one.

    • jjf

      We are not tied of Kobe we know him- he is playing the same way he was playing five years ago.
      He cannot change his game because of Howard!!. Howard knew that Kobe usually gets points from 35-81. He knew who is Kobe. Kobe will never change his game because of Howard no. Howard has to figure out how to play with Kobe.Nash will continue passing the ball to Kobe. Get this straight. Kobe has five championship and Howard has none.If Howard knows how to win- he could have won one championship in Florida.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000148375802 Steve Chavez

    I’m sorry… shooting in practice and shooting in the game are two different things. The man has fear. He’s trying to please people. Everyone can see it and it’s silly. He’s trying to work his way out of it and I’m pretty excited about that. I think he’ll get there. He has some good spirit to him. Besides… At the end of the day, no one will be happy about the outcome if he doesn’t break out of that shell. Don’t let the smile fool you. He just needs to not give a shit and keep shooting in rhythm and not worry about an airball here or whatever no matter what we or anyone else thinks about it. I don’t care what you think about Kobe… and neither does Kobe. Dwight has got to be more like that guy some of you individuals call a ball hog. I’ve been tough on him when he’s been playing with half a toe in the water. He’s shown true willingness to jump in the Lake lately… If he can do that… this team can get somewhere. Come on Dwight… show us that you are a Laker… this team can have some great moments ahead. Just jump in the water and let it roll…

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