Kobe Bryant to Dwight Howard: I can teach you how to win an NBA title

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Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant told free agent center Dwight Howard on Tuesday that he could teach him how to be a champion, reports  Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

“You need to learn how it’s done first, and I can teach you here,” Bryant told Howard during the Lakers presentation, witnesses in the room described to Yahoo! Sports.

Bryant, a five-time NBA champion, challenged Howard to stay and embrace his hard-driving ways.

“You have to learn how it’s done,” Bryant told Howard, witnesses described. “I know how to do it and I’ve learned from the best – players who have won multiple times over and over.”

“Instead of trying to do things your way, just listen and learn and tweak it, so it fits you,” Bryant told him.

The Lakers are battling the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors to sign Howard, who is in Colorado for a few days surrounded with representatives helping him make a decision on his future.

Bryant’s relationship with Howard was never strong during the big man’s one-year stint in L.A..

But Bryant knows Howard is key to helping him reach his goal of winning another NBA title.

“I think his talent level, his defensive prowess,” said Bryant a few days ago. “We saw what he could do at the end of the year when we all started clicking … I think that makes him extremely, extremely valuable.”

The Lakers are the only to team that can offer Howard a five-year, $118 million contract.  The most the Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks could offer is four years, $88 million.

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  • Paytc

    Most of the world knows Kobe can teach Howard how to win a championship.
    The question is, will Howard be mature and respectful enough to listen?If Howard is just looking for a team that will cater to his ego,and individual accomplishments(not championships)than the Lakers are not the team for him.Both the Lakers and Celtic set the standard for championship,or bust.

    I think the media needs to stop branding players labels of “great” until they become great.
    What happens is young athletes like Dwight Howard become delusional about how great they are before they fully develop their games, and truly become” great”.

    There is no doubt,Howard is a great defender and rebounder.
    But that is just one side of the game.He must develop some offensive moves other than dunks and put backs.He must improve on his foul shooting.He must develop his mental toughness.He must put his ego in check and listen to veteran championship winning players like Shac,and Kobe.He must be patient enough to find his role and develop the right chemistry on a championship caliber team.I do believe there is a slim chance Howard will remain with the Lakers.But if I had to go out on a limb… I think he will team up with Harden and Lin and help the NBA tap back into the China market, Ming opened up before his untimely, and unfortunate retirement.I also think he may indeed find at least one championship with whatever of the two teams he choses.But there are no guarantees.Just ask Barkely,Malone,Ewing,Stockton,Payton,and other so call “great” players.Championships are not easily won!

    Good luck Howard!

    • Paytc

      Now the Lakers need to move on.Howard obviously did not want to be a Laker champion.The front office must now focus on putting together a team of players that don’t point finger.We need guys who come to play night after night ,and not make lame excuses.Howard didn’t help the Lakers win even one of the 16 titles.So obviously he wasn’t ,and isn’t ,the key to the Lakers success.