Herm24 wrote:He's mentally weak .. Always has been, always will be .. You want the ball then: DEMAND IT! .. Get your butt on the block and seal your man .. Dwight doesn't even know how to do that .. When you get the ball: GO UP STRONG! .. Enough of getting stripped every other time down .. When you get fouled: HIT YOUR FREE THROWS! .. Your teammates are only gonna lose confidence in getting you the ball when it becomes an empty trip once you clank both of your free throws .. Show some heart and passion .. You might be a franchise player for these other sorry organizations but not for the Lakers .. It takes much more than being 270 pounds and athletic .. You gotta have the heart, the passion, the fire, the will to get better, etc .. You got to want to be the best .. He's lucky the center position is obsolete .. He wouldn't stand a chance in the 80s and 90s ... I'm already sick of this guy ..
Dwight doesn't know how to seal his man without using his elbows and busting the guy in the face, and racking up cheap fouls. He doesn't know how to play with his back to the basket without getting stripped much of the time. And he can't make a free throw. The defense will continue to swipe at him and force turn overs or missed free throws. And if they continue do to so (which would be the smart thing to do) he'll never get more than 10 shots per game. He should be working harder on offensive rebounding and getting in position to score that way. He needs to use his legs and body to get position and keep his elbows down when calling for the ball in the post. And please, stop driving into a crowd in the middle when you do try a strong move.
On a side note, when was the last time a team won a championship using a dominant big man as their first or second option on offense? I mean truly dependent upon that big man to score points and be the defensive anchor. Don't say Bynum. It was probably Shaq. So why should the Lakers pin their future all on Howard? I understand Howard has the chance to be like Shaq but it doesn't appear that he has the mental toughness to live up to that, and with the way the league has evolved, it looks as if it could be easier to build a contender around a dominant wing player or a point guard instead of a dominant big man these days (like OKC, Miami, etc) and just have solid big men as role players. Not that you can really trade him for a guy worth building around right now, so I guess they're stuck with him at this point.