Kobe Bryant warns Dwight Howard he still owns LA Lakers
In today’s NBA rumour news feature, it’s all about Kobe Bryant and his acceptance of newcomer Dwight Howard, the media is already stirring up controversy as to which Lakers stars will run the show, king Kobe or his apprentice.
Look no further than SI.Com and you’ll be led to believe Kobe already knows the answer to this west coast riddle, the online magazine talks of a phone conversation held during the recent Olympic Games, during which Bryant instructed Howard he still runs the show.
For the foreseeable future it seems as though Bryant will remain top dog in LA until he decides to retire, then its over to his new teammate to take up the reigns.
Bryant commented on Monday: “I got a question earlier about whose team this is… “I don’t want to get into the, ‘Well, we share …’ No, it’s my team. But I want to make sure that Dwight, when I retire, this is going to be his. I want to teach him everything I possibly know so that when I step away, this organization will ride on as if I never left.”
Howard, known for a joke or two, is serious about staking his claim at the NBA’s most glamorous franchise, aiming for a return to courtside as early as the Dallas match.
Sources across the US had the Lakers star out for the first few openers with back surgery at fault, then from nowhere Yahoo! Sports run with a story that the All-Star center will feature in the opening night of the 2012-13 season.
Were we ever really in doubt that back surgery would be able to hold back the 6’11″, 240-pound powerhouse from putting on a show for the fans, guess not.
Coach Mike Brown will need all the fire power he can get if he is to set up his West-Conference side to take on all-comers at the Staples Centrer and earn the NBA championship.