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.