Kobe Bryant will always be one of the hottest topics in basketball for as long as he plays in the NBA for the Lakers. But during the last month, the coverage of Kobe Bryant in the media has reached fever pitch, with the Black Mamba getting a range of positive and negative stories.
There is the story about how Kobe is the reason why the Lakers have fallen on hard times. Match that together with reports last week that alleged that Kobe was the reason Carmelo Anthony didn't sign with the Lakers this offseason.
Kobe Bryant has brushed these reports off, but naturally because of the Lakers opener against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night, the old Kobe and Dwight Howard failed pairing has become a topic of conversation again, and Howard certainly won't like what Lakers' coach Byron Scott had to say on the issue.
Not serious enough
As we all know now, the Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard partnership at the Lakers during the 2012/2013 NBA season was a disaster. They didn't click as the Lakers' decline began. Howard wanted to stay but he wanted to be the main man too, and Kobe's decision to continue playing was the final straw for Howard.
But Byron Scott has his own view on why the partnership never clicked, and it's pretty brutal.
"Kobe is a real serious guy, wants to win championships. I don’t know if Dwight is that serious about it," Scott explained this week.
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Brutal comments may hurt Howard
Talk about going to town on an ex-Laker. The current LA boss certainly didn't hold back on that one. Now we all know that Dwight Howard likes to have fun, but to accuse him of not seriously wanting to win titles is slightly over the top.
These comments may have been said to wind up Dwight Howard, and if they were, it's highly likely they will have achieved their goal.