When Dwight Howard came over the Los Angeles Lakers in the Fall of 2012, there were high hopes that they’d be a contender and the big man would be the cornerstone of the franchise moving forward. However, as we saw play out, it didn’t work out… and he would ultimately leave for Houston in the off-season.
One of the reasons people felt believed to have contributed was his clashes with Kobe Bryant, who recently explained how their rift started.
I tried teaching Dwight. I tried showing him. But the reality is that when you have a perception of what it is to win a championship — and most perceptions of what it’s like to win are a very outgoing, very gregarious locker room where you pick each other up and you’re friends all the time. That’s the perception. I think that’s what his perception was of what the idea is. But when he saw the reality of it, it made him uncomfortable. And it’s very tough to be able to fight through that, to deal with that challenge. I don’t think he was willing to deal with that uncomfortable and combative nature.
There were reports that Howard was not happy with the locker room culture Bryant had established in Los Angeles, and apparently, it was true. Dwight prefers a laid-back approach to the game, while Kobe is serious, driven and a workhorse.