The only thing worse than a soft player who acts like competitor is a soft player who will never maximize his potential because he’s soft.
Either way: soft = I hate you with all my heart.
Every time I watch the Lakers and they’re losing or playing terribly yet Dwight Howard is on the court/bench cheesing, I instantly go all “Triple H”.
Someone…anyone…PLEASE tell me what the hell is always so funny to Dwight. Then, he has the gall to call Kobe out for being upset that they’re losing!
“I think sometimes as a team we got to be able to not really show our frustrations that much,” Howard said after L.A. fell to 1-12 with their preseason record included. “A lot of the guys look at me and Kobe and they feed off us, so we have to do a better job of keeping our frustrations on the inside and just playing through it so our teammates won’t get down on themselves. So, we just got to do a better job at that. I know [Kobe] was a little frustrated tonight. He wants to win just as bad as all of us do, but we just got to stay together, remember it’s a process, and stay focused.”
Clown Dwight translation: the team should be comfortable with being 1-12 because the sun will still rise and shine in the morning, the birds will still harmonize and Mr. Softee still delivers to the nearest playground.
No REAL athlete or competitor has EVER gotten a warm and fuzzy feeling from losing!
There are NO moral victories in sports.
There are NO “breaks” given for elite athletes.
There is NO honor in being a loser.
If Dwight Howard was a true competitor, he would never go against his highness, Kobe Bryant- especially not publicly. Then, his main concern would be trying to win- not pacifying other grown men [who are all paid handsomely] on the team! By saying what he said, Dwight indirectly called the rest of the team soft, too!
Dwight is reaching by calling himself a leader on the Lakers. Kobe is so DH is right in saying that the other players look to him. However, they know Kobe and they know the only way to “fix” it is to W-I-N.
Then, in his heart if he really did consider himself a leader, Dwight should never make it seem like it’s ok to lose. Every time I look around I see:
I don’t care what the jokes are, nothing is ever this funny after opening your season 1-12. He still hasn’t digested the fact that he’s not in
Disney World Orlando and the people of Los Angeles really ride for their team. He hasn’t digested the fact that Kobe will never be cool with losing because losing is NOT AN OPTION.
I get the other side. He’s a professional athlete who is living his dream and gets paid to do what he loves- overall, he should be a happy person and content with his life. Nevertheless, he’s being paid to produce! People don’t buy tickets to see him laughing and clowning on the court. I certainly don’t pay for league pass to see him horse playing with opponents on the free throw line.
Maybe his clowning is a defense mechanism. Maybe he feels inferior to most athletes in the NBA so he clowns to mask his insecurities. Or maybe he’s just pretending.
Either way, the sad fact remains that he’s built like Megatron but soft and sweet like cotton candy on the inside.
Is he talented? Of course. Can he help the Lakers win a chip? Most definitely. Will he stop clowning/being soft long enough for the Lakers to win? I doubt it.
Dwight Howard is soft and I hate him with all my heart.