I can't say Dwight has shown that this season. He hasn't. But he's shown it previously. And we traded for him to position him to dominate. And that's exactly why I say START the process, not complete it. Start it. Don't rush it. It, like many others things, is a process. The Spurs didn't move the team to Parker overnight, it took more than a season even.
He hasn't been offered the keys to the car yet. He's just been told he'd be offered the keys.
I am missing your argument here. Dwight gets the second most touches out of all bigs in the league (Thanks Real for that info), Dwight dominates he gets the ball, Dwight stops getting ripped by midgets when he is 2-feet from the rim and Dwight whines about touches. Maybe I just don't understand whatelse the Lakers can do to make him feel like he is important? We have a pass first PG, a pass first Forward and a true #1 option that leaves it on the court every single play of every game.
As far as TP and the Spurs, again, TP and Manu both came in attacking knowing that was what they needed to do. They featured Timmy D but they moved without the ball and within the flow of the offense. I keep talking about Hill and Earl Clark because those guys are doing the things that Dwight USE to do. Even if Kobe shot 50 times a game how does Dwight get no offensive boards? He has to earn the right to be #2 let alone #1 or 1B.
Yes, glad you agree that LA told D12 they wanted him to take over. And yes, I can tell you don't get my point because you keep suggesting that I'm saying that we should take the keys away from Kobe and hand them to Dwight. Haha.
A transition is a process and so we get that process started so we can get through it slowly. If Dwight just isn't interested or just can't do it, then fine, the experiment failed. But at least we can say we tried.
We haven't even rolled out the red carpet, so to speak.
That is what you have saying if you take away all the fluff crap your hiding it behind. Forgive me for not biting on the "fluff" crap you posted. I know its hard to keep it up when you start with the "haha's" because I know there really isn't a point to all this.
Wow, that is a very great statement of "transition" but with no substance or any real "this is what we need to do" type statements. I mean seriously all you have said is that we need to involve Dwight more....... Try saying something more than vague opinion that doesnt seem to hold water. Is that too much to ask.
Well, it doesn't have EVERYTHING to do with Kobe. But it's a lot because Kobe is a lot to this team and franchise. Part of it would be working with the coaching staff to do more things to placate D12. Some of those things would involve Kobe taking a reduced role. Prevent the team from being able to overely on Kobe and the added bonus is extra rest for Kobe. He's not effective playing too many minutes anyway. In the mean time, yes, I'd like to see Kobe take on the type of leadership that Derek Fisher did for us. Wouldn't that be a good thing? Or, a bad thing? I think we're missing it.
So what you are saying is that Kobe and the Lakers should cater to Dwight so he feels good about himself? WTF?
Kobe can rest when guys play with the same energy he plays with plain and simple. I can't even imagine a Lakers fan that says, "we need to make so and so feel better so they'll stay." If Dwight is as fragile as you make him then I don't want him heading my team and he can walk. Funny no one wanted Drew when he acted like a Dive instead of working for his butt off to take the keys to the throne. Ice Cube said it best, "If you got to be convinced to be here then I don't want you on the P&G." I now know why you didn't get my Denzel example thinking that Kobe is all of a sudden D Fish....LOL.. Kobe is Kobe. Pau isn't a me-first player. Nash is a pass first quiet guy. Dwight is a smiling happy guy. MWP is a best. Kobe is an attacker and a lead by example guy. He has been that way since Day 1. He leads by working. If Dwight needs a baby sitter then I feel sorry for Dwight. Pau came in and got all the respect and love from Kobe... You know why? Because Pau came in and worked.
Can I honestly say Dwight has done anything to warrant being given the keys? Depends. If you want me to completely forget anything that has ever occurred prior to this season then probably not. But in that case, when Kobe goes cold, I guess you have to bench him right? Like, the way you do with Meeks or anyone else?
Wait, so you want to say "Dwight did this" but then when some says the same for Kobe you say "that was the past." Um that is contridiction right there. No I don't say bench Kobe because Kobe has earned the keys to the car plain and simple. He was handed it, he wasn't passed it, he fricken took it. When Dwight is getting outworked by dudes that shouldn't hold his jock then I got a problem.
But that would be silly. I think when you're the only player in NBA history to receive 3 consecutive DPOY awards, have led your team to the NBA finals, and had the general manager tell the world that he hopes Dwight Howard will be here for another 10 years, that maybe he's at least deserving of a better opportunity than he's being given.
Again, what "better"? You keep saying that but then just talking around the point. You want Kobe to let Dwight have Vanessa? Should they make him a statue infront of Staples before they put Kobe? SHould the fans yell MVP, MVP, MVP to Dwight instead of Kobe? How about the Lakers announcers put up the "Awe next time" chant whenever he misses 5 freethrows in a row or gets a stupid foul? Maybe let him sleep in so he doesn't have to get up for shoot around. Again, what is your point?
By the way, I didn't say we need to take the keys from Kobe and give them to Dwight. When one gets overly defensive/sensitive, one doesn't think or read straight.
LOL... Ahh you are back to your "let me tell you about yourself" responses when you have nothing to defend your non-points. You are right following your ins and outs of logic has me not reading straight because basically you haven't said anything straight forward. Remember when you went on your rant about Kobe shoots to much? I asked you what was the magic number and all you did was circle jerk the questions. yes, I am the one that is defensive. I was waiting for that tactic to deflect the truth of your nonsense.
What I've been saying all along, is that it might be time to start thinking about HOW we would begin the transition process of doing that. We haven't yet. We haven't made him feel very welcome, we're not running any effective plays for him or in the manner that he likes it, we're hiring coaches that don't accomodate his skill sets. I mean nothing we as a team/franchise/whatever have done so far has been with Dwight in mind. A transition takes time, and we may not have a lot of it left especially if Kobe does in fact retire next year so let's get the proverbial party started so to speak.
No what you said was Kobe needs to start giving the reigns to Dwight. Now its because Kobe is retiring next year? Real pointed out how you selectively make things fit your illogical arguments and this is one of them. Seriously, Dwight hasnt even signed with the Lakers but Kobe has done so. Dwight wants the keys to this car he needs to play better. He gets a ton of touches, he gets a million freethrows and he gets praised and applauded even on a team that is underachieving. Want him to take over? Tell him to take the damn keys instead of this crap about someone please make him feel good. Give me a break.
Man, really? You don't follow the league enough to know what Dwight has done relative to Earl Clark? SMH. What a waste.
LOL... Again, taking the post out of context to fit your argument. FUnny enough you should shake your head but not at me but at your insistence on fighting for your agenda against Kobe. I guess it should be like Dwight said, "the negativity needs to stop we need to bring some positivity to the team." Yea thats the cold blooded guy that is going to take the wheel.