One of the first thoughts I had when Dwight Howard was traded to the Lakers was that playing with Kobe would “man him up.” Call me a profit, Dwight recently revealed that it has not only shown him how to be a better man but a better professional as well.
“I told him [Bryant]: ‘I’m afraid to miss. When I get out there, I don’t want to miss, and I end up missing.’ And he was like: ‘You know what? Shoot 1,000 jumpshots a day. You’re going to miss a lot of those shots. But that’s OK. Because you’re teaching yourself it’s OK to miss.’
Following Vino’s incredible back to back performances against the New Orleans Pelicans (Hornets) and The Toronto Raptors. Kobe said that a huge part of his youthful rejuvination is due to diet. Dwight counts a change in his diet as one of the reasons he’s performed better on the court since the all-star break.
“I just told myself, ‘I’m going to commit myself to being better for the second half of the season. “
That meant cutting sugar completely out of his diet so he could get into the kind of shape he needed to be in to be the Lakers’ defensive anchor and run coach Mike D’Antoni’s pick-and-roll sets.
Good for Dwight. It’s almost been a year since his back surgery and he’s starting to round into shape and the Lakers are coming on. Kobe’s playoff guarantee looks solid. It’s hard to imagine Dwight not returning to LA. I think this season, though difficult, has been great for him and overall he’ll be better for it.