We’re all still digesting this whole Dwight Howard to LA thing. Obviously, on paper, it looks like a pretty good move for them. But you never know sometimes when you mix different personalities. Greatly talented players can sometimes clash to a point where it affects them on the court.
And that might be the biggest concern for LA in this trade. One of the most intense players the game has ever seen… Kobe Bryant… and one of the game’s biggest kids… Dwight Howard… sharing the court, the ball, and the pursuit of a title.
To illustrate how much of a child Dwight can be, Adrian Wojnarowski used a hilarious example from Kevin Garnett.
The vision is this: A serious-minded star for a serious-minded basketball franchise. Stan Van Gundy tried so, so hard to instill that within Howard, but the culture of Orlando always made the Magic beholden to Howard. No more. Howard is bigger than life, but he isn’t bigger than the Lakers.
So, yes, Bryant searched out Howard’s cell phone on Friday morning and made the call to Howard that the two superstars had resisted for months now. When the time comes, rest assured, Bryant will make something clear: The carnival act ends now. The clowning and goofing are done. During games, players used to hear Kevin Garnett screaming at Howard: “Paint your face, clown!” up and down the floor.
Who says KG doesn’t pick on guys his own size?
I can’t tell you how much I love this. I wish I’d heard it before. And I’ll never be able to look at Dwight Howard again without thinking of KG screaming “Paint your face, clown!” at him.
I also can’t wait for the first time Kobe juts his jaw, gets up in Dwight’s face, and invents new curse words to berate him for not doing something. Dwight will look like a kid who had his toys taken away from him.
This has the potential to be fun.