The Lakers are three games under .500 right now. They were three games under .500 when they fired Mike Brown. They haven’t gotten better and watching them play, they look like they have no direction.
A news report came out that there was a locker room feud and they decided to mock it. Both Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant went to Twitter to post the exact photo of them pretending to fight, disputing the claim that they are having issues.
I don’t know about you, even though it’s a good idea to dispute a report, putting up a picture like this to me of a mask of real problems. The Lakers are not meeting expectations and are not in the playoff hunt. Taking jabs at the media instead of playing better basketball sure looks like a team with no direction.
The Hack-a-Howard is in full effect in the NBA and the Lakers are 8-10 due in part that their starting center is missing free throws left and right. It’s a brilliant defensive strategy and it works to take advantage of the opposition’s weakness.
But what puzzles me is this: Why does Dwight Howard suck at free throws so much?
I can come up with scientific reasoning like his arms are too strong, his hands are too big, and he has no finesse. But those are all lame excuses.
Oh no… he whined and complained his way to LA.
If you haven’t heard, ESPN is reporting that Dwight Howard is joining the Lakers. And once again, the NBA has allowed itself to become a monopoly of the rich getting richer.
But of course, if you’re a fan of the Lakers, this doesn’t affect you as you’re happy at once again finding offseason success. Getting Howard, getting Steve Nash and keeping Pau Gasol with Kobe Bryant is just all stuff that the rich and privilege continue to receive.
Since moving to Los Angeles several months ago, I’ve gotten to understand the Lakers fanbase a little better and I’ve come to the conclusion that a lot of them (not all) are just spoiled. They’ll never understand what the majority of the league goes through because they don’t know what suffering looks like. Granted they’ve drafted good players in the past, but they’re always on the top and unlike many other teams, aren’t familiar with struggles.
Maybe I am a little too critical sometimes, but my perception of athletes are usually predicated on their actions away from the game, then their game itself. So with all the whining and complaining Dwight Howard has made about being unhappy about being with Orlando over the past couple years, I really feel like he’s just a big baby.
First of all, I never even was a fan of his game. He’s terrible at free throws and his offensive game is not that good. He has great ability to block shots and dunk because of his size, but I would never build my team around him. He’s so bulky up top and doesn’t really impress me on the floor.
So it doesn’t help that I am not impressed by his game and then this whole saga about being traded continues to hover over his image. I know sports is a business and players have the right to look for new opportunities. But there’s a way to do it and Howard has done it all wrong.
Is Adidas too much in control?
During Pardon the Interruption yesterday, the topic of Dwight Howard’s next destination was discussed. There is a possibility that Howard could get traded to the Chicago Bulls at the deadline later this week.
But there could be a hitch in the process. Mike Wilbon pointed out that Adidas could be the reason why Howard won’t go to the Bulls.
Wilbon said that both Howard and Bulls guard Derrick Rose are spokesmen for Adidas. And having both of them on the same team could hurt the company’s marketing.