Originally posted by NineFourNiner:
I've never seen Howard as a goofball on the court. Off is a whole different story. No problem with that.
Kobe's already laying the foundation for heading that last issue off, P: When he was talking on media day about this being HIS team now, he also made it clear that he is near the end and that when he's gone, it is going to be HOWARD's team.
Ya, Howard brings it every single night. There are a couple of technical things that separate Howard from Bynum (pick & roll defense being the biggest one), but really, the main difference between the two is that you know what you're going to get with Howard. You get the same guy every night. That's not to say he doesn't have bad games, but in terms of attitude, he's extremely consistent. He's actually very similar to Kobe in this respect.
I don't think that's much of a statement on the Lakers becoming Howard's team once Kobe's gone. That much is pretty obvious. The personality of this team is primarily formed by Kobe, which makes it his team, but it also doesn't make Howard an underling either. Howard has more of an impact on the game at this point in his career, and I'm worried that Kobe's going to feel threatened by that while he's still around. I'm not worried about it being Howard's team when Kobe's gone, I'm worried about how they mesh when they're together.
Buss & Kupchak basically kicked open a 2 year championship window, and I think the two most likely things that could derail that are injuries and ego. That said, Kobe knows how to win titles, and I don't think he gets NEARLY enough credit for sacrificing his game to win 3 titles with Shaq. I think they'll figure it out.
[ Edited by LA9erFan on Oct 4, 2012 at 12:13 PM ]