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Video: Dwight Howard Said it was Hard Playing With Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant and Dwight HowardNewest Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard became the first big name free agent to ever willingly leave the Los Angeles Lakers, something that shocked everyone in the basketball world.

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Howard was looked at as the future of the Lakers when he first joined the team, and the front office was hoping he would be the face of the franchise. However, the big man believed his career would be better off in Houston, and he is expecting to build a championship contender with James Harden.

Howard recently sat down with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, and in part two of the interview (seen below), the center talked about his relationship with Kobe Bryant. Although Howard admitted that playing with Bryant was tough because of his penchant to score, he said that did not play a role in his decision to leave L.A. Howard also touched upon the Lakers’ choice not to hire Phil Jackson and the influence that made on his departure.

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  • Cry_Zero

    I REALLY hope that the rockets get their asses kicked out the next season by Kobe and the lakers

  • Super Girl

    It’s HACK A HOWARD TIME!!! At least I do not have worry about his horrible freee throws!!! and he thinks he is a franchise player huh? we’ll see about that!!!!

  • ra

    I wonder if it will be hard to play with James Harden. He likes to score too.

    • Paytc

      Kobe is far more than just a scorer.Kobe is a 5 time champion ,and the most demanding player on himself, and others.At this stage in Kobe’s career he doesn’t have time for baby sitting.D12 knows Kobe will hold him, and everyone else accountable.If he could have taken Kobe out of the picture,who would have had the guts and superstar power to put D12 in check?You know he would have tried to bully the coaches,players,and everyone else if he could.He would have tried to have that carefree,non-championship or business like environment, he’s use to.That would never fly with KB24.

      • ra

        Of course you understood that I was defending Kobe. If you read the article, you would notice that DH complained about Kobe’s scoring (i.e., the more Kobe scored, the less of a chance DH had to score), when in fact, Kobe’s scoring has led to multiple championships.

        If LN is going to post article titles, I’m sure people will respond to them. So yes, it’s up to them. In the meantime, if DH makes digs against Kobe, I’m going to continue to defend him.

        I’ll move on if DH moves on and stops blaming the Lakers for his own issues.

        – diehard Lakers fan

        • Paytc

          ra,

          Trust me, I wasn’t posting in opposition to your post.I could totally see you were responding to the excuse making, spoiled ex-Laker.

          I just saw a chance to add some more details on why the headline post made Howard sound weaker complaining about Kobe.I can see, you have Kobe and the Laker’s best interest in mind.

    • Paytc

      Let’s please move on from D12.
      He is not a Laker. So the administrators on Laker nation need to discourage headline post about him.Unless the administrators are D12 or Rocket fans?

  • Jim213

    DH is yesterday’s news, let’s stop talking about him as Dwight knows it’s just as hard to play against him… 2014 Prediction!…

    • Paytc

      Exactly! We have moved on.We know media survives off starting ish

      Let’s move on to suppling us with background ,and potential on our new, and current players.

    • IT’S SHOWTIME!!!!

      oooooo-weeeee…..MYE-N***A…. U BOUT 2 START SOME SERIOUS SHIT UP IN THE 2013-14 SEASON WIT DIS PHOTO-CHOPPED PIC RITE-HER…YEEZ-SIR!!!!! CAUSE WHEN IT HAPPEN FOE-REAL…THE “REAL” PIC OF THE BLACK MUMBA DUNK’IN ON D-12 WILL OFFICIALLY BECOME MY DESKTOP PIC FOREVER!!!!!!!!!

      • Jim213

        Straight…LOL! Fortunate to find the updated non fiction version! Circle UR CALENDAR!

        • IT’S SHOWTIME!!!!

          AFTER C’IN THIS PIC…U GOT ME WISH’IN IT WAS OCTOBER ALREADY. AND U KNOW I RE-POSTED THIS PIC ON THE HOUSTON ROCKETS OFFICIAL NBA WEBSITE, RYE (LMFAO)? WE BOUT TA START DIS SEASON OFF WIT THE A LIL REMINDER BOUT THE MISTAKE HE MADE WHEN HE DECIDED TO GO THAT ROUTE…

          • Jim213

            LOL… Dwight is the past never had it in the HEAD he’s weak. We just need Lamar and someone like Ronnie Brewer for D and we’re straight. If this took place NO DOUBT we’d be lower top seed. Better yet, chances we’d meet in ROUND 1.

            Funny that them H-Town boys talk smack when d team hasn’t even build chemistry. Their weakness will be our strength. JUST A FEW MORE PICK UPS THEN WE’LL BE STRAIGHT… BELIEVE THAT!

  • Johnny

    It’s hard to watch Kobe’s ball hogging ways without Howards sorry offense . Should have let both the spoiled bitch’s go.

    • Joseph Apohen

      You mean you and D12.

      • Paytc

        LOL……….

    • Jim213

      Ball hogging? No one else steps up to play along side him. Pau is overpaid, trade him before next season’s trade deadline. Kobe’s so called ball hogging = 5 rings.

  • rex

    Everyday you have a stupid article about Dwight Coward, no one cares anymore.
    its starting to get annoying, I’m going to stop following you soon if you keep it up!!!!

    • Paytc

      Exactly!

  • CARLITO BUBAN

    DWIGHT HOWARD TO MARS! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  • 2014 for FARMAR/VUJACIC

    yes kobe’s ball hogging is his only weakness thats why king james is the best right now, with his overall play and passing skills and know when to take over. kobe is a scorer he should learn how to use his teamates first then dominate when need be.
    lakeshow got to get more athletic and better 3point shooting, make sure they sign
    farmar, and Sasha V back and we’re going for another title run!!
    do it mr. kupchak and jbuss!!
    agent zero gilbert arenas, and chris douglas roberts should be considered valuable pickups to for the vet 1 yr minimum… do it kupchak and jbuss!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

      Kobe has always rely on his team mates first, he does. If you replay all the games he played, he does what he does best because no one else stepped up to get the WIN, and that’s when he usually take over the game. He will not get an assist on any pass that will not make basket, there by losing confidence on a team mate shooting bricks, and now you want Arenas on the team?
      About your crowned king, he was, never been the player he is until Kobe joined the 2008 Olympics (check youtube commentaries and games replay) with them. The same with Melo and the others, they all came back better, learning and implementing hard work on hand and the killer instinct they have seen from KOBE at the games. There are very few players with exemplary hunger for winnings like KOBE does, once in a lifetime. Even when his % is lower, His “Will to WIN” are testaments to taking “Very Difficult Shots” that no one dares to try, in which more often than not are the reasons for winning. Though some are physically gifted like Lebron does, he is not mentally equipped to do so with such intensity on the nightly basis, not even close. I am not taking away Lebron’s accomplishment but he is NO KOBE, NOT EVEN CLOSE! he has been pampered even before his stint in the NBA with his self Crowned KING. Let him prove to me that he can wear the “EIGHT RINGS” (until he was interrupted) he arrogantly promised Pat Riley and the HEAT during his introductions in MIAMI, for then and only then I will keep my PEACE and KEEP QUIET! on anything and everything about him or FOREVER HUNT HIM FOR NOT PUTTING HIS MONEY WHERE HIS MOUTH IS!

      • Paytc

        Excellant points!

  • quickster007

    Kobe without the triangle means 0 rings zelch, nada, Lebron took a team like the Cavaliers to the finals. I doubt Kobe can do that. The Lakers should do in the off season. is sign Lebron James first if he wants to come. If not, Carmelo Anthony or Paul George. If the lakers want a center look at Demarcus Cousins and hire Hakeem Olajuwon to teach him some post moves. First, put Phil in the front office hire Kurt Rambis to coach. Second, I want Timer Warner Cable executives to tell Jeanie Buus to relieve her brother as head of basketball operations if not TWC should threaten the Lakers that they want their money back.

    • oh Really

      Jordan without the triangle means 0 rings also buddy. Does that mean Lebron James is better than Michael Jordan??

    • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

      You are right on, Lebron took the Cavs to the finals, that is what he did. KOBE DID NOT. HE TOOK THEM INSTEAD TO THE CHAMPIONSHIPS and GOT 5RINGS to prove. About, YOU and YOU will not ACCOMPLISH anything with your babbling. Players should have their own motivations for them to grow. You can not instill something to anyone if they are not interested and willing in developing themselves to be better. Also, about that contract with TWC, it was a done deal and I am wondering if they will listen to you even if you are one of their big bosses to do so, and threatening the Lakers whom they partnered for billions of dollars will do you no good. Ask your Lawyers! get your FACTS straight or I won’t be able to help YOU, NO ONE CAN if you are just being A GRUMPY HATER who will always know better.

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