The Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant feud might have returned for the LA Lakers. Howard, tired of Bryant's comments, let it be known today that he is tired of the second-guessing. According to a report from ESPN on Thursday (Feb. 7), Howard has dismissed recent comments made by his teammate to the press.
Howard is still out trying to rehab an injured shoulder. Bryant decided to challenge him publicly Wednesday (Feb. 6), though, stating that, "We don't have time for [Howard's shoulder] to heal. ... we need some urgency." Howard was quick to respond to Bryant, stating "That's his opinion, that's it. He's not a doctor, I'm not a doctor. That's his opinion.'
With the recent injury to Pau Gasol, the Lakers are in trouble when it comes to size in the low post. The team really needs Howard back on the court, but he also doesn't want to come back too early and risk injuring his shoulder even worse than it already is. It's clear that his teammates are also getting desperate simply by the comments that they are making to reporters.
When it comes to Howard returning, he stated that "I want to play. 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."
The Lakers play against the Boston Celtics on Thursday night (Feb. 7) in a game that is not just important in the standings, but to prove that the team can hold its own against another veteran squad. Coming into the night, the Lakers hold a 23-26 record that has them in tenth place in the Western Conference.
The LA Lakers have no time for another Dwight Howard - Kobe Bryant feud because time is running out to make a run at the postseason. If Howard misses the game against the Celtics due to his shoulder, his next chance to play will come against the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday (Feb. 8).
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