watch dwight on 2.40.......its just hilarious....after this one I am not worried about lakers any more....they will be fine.....
Mike Bresnahan: Dwight Howard's solution for Nash's absence: "I've been working on my guard skills. 'Tragic Johnson,' that's what they'll call me."
Two games in, and we know this much:
No one has to tell Dwight Howard, even in this new job with clearly heightened pressures, to turn his frown upside down.
Howard's response to the Lakers' 0-2 start remains all rear ends, rainbows and sunshine.
"It'll all come together at the right time," Howard said late Wednesday night in the locker room after the Lakers got blown off the court in Portland.
Before that, Howard turned on some pleasant music so he could groove in front of his locker while he got dressed, his teammates all already long gone to the bus. Before that, he asked a Lakers staffer if hitting his free throws meant he could have his Halloween candy. Then he asked again. And again.
Before that, Howard mooned a TV cameraman whom he suspected of having his camera on while Howard had his underwear halfway down. Howard responded by sticking his rear end farther out, saying: "I've got a wide shot for you." And he giggled.
Is that an improper reaction to the Lakers' start? Well, the only proper reaction is one that is true to the individual.
So it fits that Kobe Bryant did his best to keep his bubbling within the pot and Pau Gasol simply tried to make sense if it – though both of them, despite knowing how long these seasonal title journeys are, frankly are feeling more impatient than Howard and Steve Nash.
Bryant and Gasol have wasted the past two seasons and are ready for this to work as soon as possible, especially as they carry over their individual high levels of play from summer Olympic success.
Metta World Peace? He responded to loss in Portland by cutting his toenails – and from all the scraps strewn in front of his locker, they sure did need cutting.
Asked about the Lakers' lack of development, World Peace was reassuring. "It'll happen," World Peace said. And he beamed.
These are the Lakers' defensive leaders – World Peace and Howard – and though Howard was accountable in that he did say he needed to help his teammates better, you could certainly argue that their lack of urgency is a reason half of Lakers fans want to punch the spectacles right off Mike Brown's head.
Brown definitely should have better conveyed the need for defensive urgency early in the season, and it does not reflect well on him that there has been such basic confusion regarding defensive effort and fundamentals in the first two games.
The idea that he's a loon for trying to put in this new read-and-react offense, though, is way off base.
If you're bashing the decision to put in this offense for the greater championship good, you're indirectly arguing that the Bulls' and Lakers' use of the read-and-react triangle offense was irrelevant to their smashing success. The Lakers will be far harder for opposing defenses to stop come playoff time with this sort of open-ended offense, which still does begin with Nash having the right to run pick-and-roll plays with Howard whenever he wants.
The reality is that teams installing new offenses, in any sport, often struggle mightily with them. Nash has so far been too hesitant to go for what he knows, wanting to grow the offense and help others because he is just about the greatest team guy there has ever been.
Yes, Nash is a better point guard than those Bulls and Lakers teams had – but he's 38 and breakable, as we already see with his bruised left leg, besides the fact that he played only 31½ minutes per game last season. (That's 16½ minutes of game time the Suns had to live without Nash, for you non-math gurus, and I doubt many of you are itching to turn the Lakers offense over to Steve Blake for 16½ minutes per game this season.)
Nash was already starting to be more aggressive to start the game in Portland, though it was always a misguided notion to think that he's ready or willing to do the "Monster Nash" on this Halloween. Nash is on board with all of this, as certainly are Bryant and Gasol.
And if Howard is questioning Brown's decision-making on anything, it's his fashion. Before the loss in Portland, Howard was wondering how much effort Brown puts in before practice to color-coordinate his sweater vests with his shorts, shoes and even eyeglass frames. Howard also pulled up a photo on his phone of himself last Halloween, when he dressed as a homeless man at Orlando's Universal Studios – a big beard and a sign: "Will dance for food." (Note to Kobe, whose social crusade is to fight homelessness: Dwight did note that he was rather amazed by how rude people were toward him until some started to notice what a tall homeless man he was, what ridiculously broad shoulders he had and how much he might well be Dwight Howard.)
Howard also spent noticeable time before the game in Portland wishing all the Lakers had dressed up in some team Halloween costume, doing a fine impression of Lakers assistant coach Chuck Person and ... farting. Former Howard teammate Glen Davis told The Orlando Sentinel's Josh Robbins a month ago: "The thing we're going to miss most about Dwight is his farting ability."
Rear ends, rainbows and sunshine.
"We're hitting a couple obstacles, but that's fine," Howard said after the game. "L.A. wasn't built in a day." Almost as soon as the words were out of his mouth, Howard was grinning and asking reporters to rate his twist on the cliché: "Like that one?!"
last stand wrote:Nowhere near himself and he's putting up these numbers. What will he do when he is himself. Dwight today said he's not gonna be 100% until midseason.
lakerswiz wrote:Serious question:
We've all seen Dwight's Baby Mama right? ....
I'm talking the 10-est of 10's...
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