I was reading something that Shaq said on Dwight howard and I think he is spot on. He said in refrence to Dwight, “Dwight Howard is by himself. If he doesn’t get four rings, I’ll be disappointed in him. There’s no one for him to go up against. When I was playing I had [Patrick] Ewing in his prime. I had Rik Smits, Arvydas Sabonis, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutumbo. I had Vlade Divac, Kevin Duckworth. I caught some of David Robinson. [Greg] Ostertag. Guys with size. Now, I couldn’t name five centers.."
I know that Dwight is still young and in his prime but he better start winning rings soon because nowadays as far as centers go it is just Dwight and not much else. What are your thoughts?
Looking at the Centers in the league, its hard to find one that can match up to Dwight, not only his skill set, but his physical nature. The only guys that come to mind are Andrew Bynum, who can't play a full season without crumbling, and Kendrick Perkins, who can't control himself enough to avoid technical fouls.
However, as we have seen before in this league, you can't do it alone. LeBron showed us that when he single handedly lead his Cavs to the finals, only to fall short. No disrespect to these guys, but Jameer Nelson, Hedo Turkoglu, and Jason Richardson are just not going to get it done. Dwight needs to follow the model and team up with someone like Deron Williams or Chris Paul and get himself some rings.
“It’s been great. We have a lot of kids that come in who have never had an eye exam. For example, one kid, when he first came in his vision was so bad, but he still excelled in the classroom. That can have a big effect on a kid’s learning, so for them to have the opportunity to get free glasses and have better vision is important.”
Casey likes and respects Calderon and the easiest way to boost his playing time is to play Lowry and Calderon together.
If anyone would know about how being an a$$hole on the court can benefit your game, it’s Kobe Bryant. Kobe has the reputation of being one of the most competitive, driven and cold-blooded players in the league. That type of attitude has helped Kobe become of the best to ever play the game.
Dwight Howard seems to be soaking up all the game Kobe is dishing. If he can apply them to his game and not take offense to the criticism, the Lakers will be in good shape for years to come.
Boston Celtics guard Courtney Lee had a nice rebound game this past Sunday against Armani Milano, scoring 11 points. He played much better than his first game in Turkey and it was nice to see him feel more comfortable with his teammates. Lee struggled in the team’s exhibition opener, often looking uncomfortable on the perimeter.opip98
Kobe Bryant confirmed an internet report that he is indeed retiring.
And he happily pointed out how good the Lakers seem to be and how much he truly enjoys playing with Steve Nash.
First, as far as starting his five-year countdown to enshrinement in basketball's Hall of Fame, it's definitely going to happen—just not in the near future.gd34324
Maybe two years, maybe three, maybe five years from now. Or maybe even at the end of this season if the Lakers win their coveted 17th franchise world championship—though it's unlikely Bryant would miss out on a chance to break the Boston Celtics' NBA record for most titles.
However, you can calm down Lakers fans. It's very possibly the last thing on Kobe's mind right now as he gets prepared for a crack at his sixth championship.
"I don't know why (the media) is paying any more attention to it now as opposed to two years ago when I said it," Bryant said quizzically. "It's the same old, same old. I don't know what caused it to get their attention right now.yti6776
"What I commented on is really no revelation." Kobe said about an internet interview he did last week. "It's my 17th season coming up and I've been fortunate to play that long. We'll see where it goes. (There's) a lot of basketball to be played."
And Bryant is very happy that the majority of that playing time will be alongside Nash.
The two-time NBA MVP has adjusted to his new Lakers teammates as if he has been playing with them for years. Which, in essence, he has, according to Kobe.mgfjhfgyygf
"He makes (my game) a lot easier. I can move without the ball and just trust that he'll make the right decision. It's as simple as that. I really don't have to work (as) hard to get opportunities. I find openings within the defense, and he makes the defense pay."
Center Dwight Howard verifies everything Bryant said.
"(Nash and Bryant) know how to play basketball," Howard said after practice."Being the guards, they understand how the offense has to run, and Steve has done an excellent job in finding the open guy. We're just going to play off that.bsgs43
"In the game the other night, he was throwing the ball between guy's legs, behind their back and making guys fall. He's making things very easy.
"He's Steve Nash."
Nash said after Sunday's exhibition game that he feels comfortable with Bryant on his side.jgkgjgf65y45
When Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant finally emerged from the Los Angeles Lakers' locker room late in the first quarter, they got a standing ovation just for walking to their seats.
The Lakers' fans shouldn't worry. Their big stars expect to be out of street clothes and back in uniform very soon - and for much bigger games than an exhibition in the Inland Empire.
Damian Lillard had 14 points and seven assists in his first NBA action, and the Portland Trail Blazers ran to a 93-75 victory over Los Angeles in a preseason game Wednesday night.
The Lakers visited their avid fans an hour east of Los Angeles with just 60 percent of their projected starting lineup in uniform. Bryant sat out to rest a strained right shoulder, and Howard isn't playing during his deliberate return from offseason back surgery - although he was healthy enough to join in the ''Kobe! Kobe!'' chant that erupted in the first half.]=90-
Now, Curry was waived after five productive preseason games with the San Antonio Spurs, but was claimed by the Dallas Mavericks and started the team’s final preseason game just last night. The 29-year-old center is hoping to catch on with an NBA team once again.