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Lakers held team meeting Wednesday where Kobe confronted Dwight Howard about playing together

01/23/2013 at 3:53 pm By

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With things already looking bleak for the 17-24 Los Angeles Lakers, the team reportedly held a meeting before shootaround Wednesday to hash out some of their issues per the L.A. Times. During the meeting, players were asked to speak up, with Kobe Bryant specifically asking first-year Lakers center Dwight Howard if Dwight had a problem playing alongside Bryant:

“Guys went at each other a little bit,” said a person who witnessed the meeting.

Bryant also spoke up, acknowledging he could be “hard to play with” and asking Howard if that bothered him.

Howard’s answer was unclear, though he did not engage Bryant in nearly as vocal a manner as Bryant engaged him.

“He didn’t go back at Kobe,” said the person who witnessed the meeting.

There has clearly been a disconnect with the Lakers this season, with issues piling up from everything to the defense to shot distribution, the latter coming from Howard himself.

Howard addressed the media after shootaround, taking accountability for the rest of the Lakers season:

“It starts with me,” he said Wednesday. “I have to be more of a player out there on the court and not worry about anything, not complain. Just do what I do best.”

“I’ve just got to go out there and dominate defensively and make it tough for teams. I just have to get back to doing that and not worry about the offense. “I think this will be the start of a new season for us tonight. Hopefully our effort and energy is where it needs to be,” he said.

Lakers fans are hoping for a spectacular turnaround for the final 41 games of their regular season. If not, then the Lakers are faced with missing the playoffs for the first time since 2004-2005 and nothing to show for their $100 million roster except turmoil.

-ALR

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4 Comments so far

  1. Bob

    on 01/23/2013 - Reply

    Source: Bleacher Report

  2. Mar

    on 01/23/2013 - Reply

    I think the Lakers have decimated the 2013 Club with all of the bonehead trades of talent they had two years ago. Howard is obviously distracted by something. He Howard, will be on the first plane out of LA at the end of the season. I beleive the real problem is Mitch Kupchak. The man has made some very questionable trades and he has done a great job of aleinating coaches and players alike. They should have not exported so many fine players, this past year and two years ago.

  3. jessica

    on 01/24/2013 - Reply

    the lakers are a good team, but it seams like they can not get along together. maybe we need a new coach, like Jackson and please keep Paul G, maybe the superman need to go.

  4. Bubba

    on 01/25/2013 - Reply

    Kobe, Why don’t you just shut up and play ball.

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