therealdeal wrote:I got two things from that:
1. Dwight respects his father so much that he listens to what he says above reason a lot of times. I think literally at times Kobe and Dwight's father are butting heads in Dwight's mind as far as elder men go. Kobe wants him to man up. Dwight's dad is looking out for his son. Dwight's dad says Dwight should stick up for himself. Kobe says he should stop caring about what other people think. We assume he means us and the media, but maybe he's talking about Dwight's dad.
2. Dwight's dad expects him to stay here and so I expect that'll give us a HUGE push this summer. Considering the reports about how much Dwight listens to his father... I'm thinking we have a pretty huge edge right now.
Dwight's not wrong in wanting to wait, Dwight's dad isn't wrong for looking for him. But at some point you really do have to man up and either accept the situation or ask for a different one. If Dwight is unhappy to the point where he needs a change, he's got to say so. If he's not then he's got to buck up and go do what's got to be done.
I think Howard and his Dad will only stay on board if things dont get worse, that means no more talking to the press anymore outside of answering basic game questions, no more exclusive interviews from anyone, etc. I'm sure Howard and co. can handle more losing if it happens I just dont think they can handle anymore media negativity coming from our own players no matter what was "meant" to be said it never comes out that way thanks to the media.
Honestly as long as the Lakers keep making a push through the season I think he's fine. We had a really tough season with injuries and player/coach turnover. No one can really hold losing against us.
I agree that the negativity towards him is a big deal. I think that'll be alright though. He just needs to sit with Kobe and listen to the man for a while. What we're seeing is what is hopefully a transformation of the man's mentality. I think Kobe is doing a good job of changing him a little bit, but it's a hard fight when you've had such a rosie road like Dwight has. His father is still babying him for God's sake.
I'm thinking this is going to help him soon. Ever seen those movies where a guy has a cathartic mental moment? I think we could see something like that out of Dwight some time this season.