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(ESPN)   LA Lakers have finally pinpointed their problems: Dwight Howard's training regimen was run by Hostess   (espn.go.com) divider line 19
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2013-02-24 04:42:02 PM  
Still have a chance at the playoffs.
 
2013-02-24 04:44:16 PM  
Dwight Howard might finally be getting a clue. Probably won't last.
 
2013-02-24 04:59:20 PM  
That can't be true. Hostess wouldn't have gone out of business if it were, as many Twinkies as he must have pounded down.
 
2013-02-24 04:59:23 PM  
Well, yeah... your conditioning is going to be poor if you're coming off of back surgery. I imagine he wasn't able to be fully active in the off-season as a result of said surgery, so his conditioning probably isn't what it's supposed to be. Why are we acting shocked about this?
 
2013-02-24 05:03:25 PM  
Hostess?

"Am I a big candy person? That's an understatement," he joked. "My pantry is full of candy. Skittles just sent me 30 pounds of Skittles. I have a nightstand full of every candy you could think of. Skittles, blow pops, Laffy Taffy, Reese's Pieces, Kit Kats, all types of candy was in the drawer. They had to clear it out."

More like Willy Wonka.
 
2013-02-24 05:08:03 PM  
This Celtics fan is excited about the prospect of the Lakers giving him a max contract. Have fun with five years of the Dwight Howard experience! Or possibly three and a half, if he starts getting antsy at the end of his contact.
 
2013-02-24 05:16:31 PM  

Palmer Eldritch: This Celtics fan is excited about the prospect of the Lakers giving him a max contract. Have fun with five years of the Dwight Howard experience! Or possibly three and a half, if he starts getting antsy at the end of his contact.


Lakers are thinking about this long-term. They keep Dwight for 5 years, that's at least three kids he'll have with Lakers girls. Excellent physical genes, if they can secure the draft rights early then they're looking at a hell of a team come 2035.
 
2013-02-24 05:41:13 PM  

Palmer Eldritch: This Celtics fan is excited about the prospect of the Lakers giving him a max contract. Have fun with five years of the Dwight Howard experience! Or possibly three and a half, if he starts getting antsy at the end of his contact.


I've posted many times about not being the biggest Dwight Howard fan, but he's one of the few guys that deserves the max contract in the league. Even after having the major surgery, he was still good to go for the start of the season. He's a physical freak and is one of the few guys that you don't worry about breaking down longterm. Look at Bynum, Greg Oden, and even now Kevin Love, for example.

That being said, I don't think Dwight is a guy you should completely build your team around and expect to lead you to a title as the clear #1 guy. He's not a Kevin Durant, or a LeBron James in that they're clearly franchise guys. He has the physical tools but he's just so mentally weak and not a guy that's going to grind in the gym for hours on end in the offseason to make himself better.

What I'm interested in seeing is if Kobe will have the selflessness as Tim Duncan did to take a below market contract after next season is up to keep the team together and go after more talent. He can still be the main guy and put up 20 a game for the next few years, but he needs to take the approach like he did with the dream team this past summer. It'll be interesting to see how important winning titles is to him compared to trying to win titles his way.
 
2013-02-24 06:26:22 PM  

lacydog: Well, yeah... your conditioning is going to be poor if you're coming off of back surgery. I imagine he wasn't able to be fully active in the off-season as a result of said surgery, so his conditioning probably isn't what it's supposed to be. Why are we acting shocked about this?


Because Dwight Howard makes more money than us, so he should magically and completely recover from major back surgery in less than 2 days or he's selfish and lazy?
 
2013-02-24 06:50:32 PM  

lacydog: Well, yeah... your conditioning is going to be poor if you're coming off of back surgery. I imagine he wasn't able to be fully active in the off-season as a result of said surgery, so his conditioning probably isn't what it's supposed to be. Why are we acting shocked about this?


This.
 
2013-02-24 07:05:05 PM  
Lakers making  the playoffs means the Cavaliers get their 1st round pick,  so go Lakers & nail down that 8th seed!

/after that, I don't care what you do
 
2013-02-24 07:43:52 PM  

grinding_journalist: Hostess?

"Am I a big candy person? That's an understatement," he joked. "My pantry is full of candy. Skittles just sent me 30 pounds of Skittles. I have a nightstand full of every candy you could think of. Skittles, blow pops, Laffy Taffy, Reese's Pieces, Kit Kats, all types of candy was in the drawer. They had to clear it out."

More like Willy Wonka.


Mood swings due to sugar rushes/crashes.  Didn't they learn their lesson with Odom?  Malcontent with sugar issues.
 
2013-02-24 07:44:45 PM  
So what if the Lakers make the playoffs? They can't beat SA or OKC or the Clips anyway, so their season is still a complete failure.
 
2013-02-25 12:01:12 AM  

lacydog: Well, yeah... your conditioning is going to be poor if you're coming off of back surgery. I imagine he wasn't able to be fully active in the off-season as a result of said surgery, so his conditioning probably isn't what it's supposed to be. Why are we acting shocked about this?


...because he decided to bolt for LA, thinking Kobe's aging body will prop him up to a title?
 
2013-02-25 01:14:32 AM  

Palmer Eldritch: This Celtics fan is excited about the prospect of the Lakers giving him a max contract. Have fun with five years of the Dwight Howard experience! Or possibly three and a half, if he starts getting antsy at the end of his contact.




Have fun with 5 years of rebuilding!
 
2013-02-25 08:46:08 AM  

justtray: Palmer Eldritch: This Celtics fan is excited about the prospect of the Lakers giving him a max contract. Have fun with five years of the Dwight Howard experience! Or possibly three and a half, if he starts getting antsy at the end of his contact.

Have fun with 5 years of rebuilding!


PP and KG retire in summer, Celtics bomb next year, win lottery, get Jabari Parker, build around him.  its 100% doable and completely fail proof
 
2013-02-25 01:34:19 PM  
lacydog:   Well, yeah... your conditioning is going to be poor if you're coming off of back surgery. I imagine he wasn't able to be fully active in the off-season as a result of said surgery, so his conditioning probably isn't what it's supposed to be. Why are we acting shocked about this?

This.  I know it's fashionable to criticize Dwight Howard for the Lakers' problems, but you just can't rush recovery from back surgery.  And he had to recover before he could start conditioning.
 
2013-02-25 03:01:53 PM  

coolio mack: Palmer Eldritch: This Celtics fan is excited about the prospect of the Lakers giving him a max contract. Have fun with five years of the Dwight Howard experience! Or possibly three and a half, if he starts getting antsy at the end of his contact.

I've posted many times about not being the biggest Dwight Howard fan, but he's one of the few guys that deserves the max contract in the league. Even after having the major surgery, he was still good to go for the start of the season. He's a physical freak and is one of the few guys that you don't worry about breaking down longterm. Look at Bynum, Greg Oden, and even now Kevin Love, for example.


Uh, I think you shot your own argument down before you finished making it. Back surgery is the first sign of him breaking down. Shaq had back problems, but I don't think he ever had surgery on it. Could be wrong on that, though.

That being said, I don't think Dwight is a guy you should completely build your team around and expect to lead you to a title as the clear #1 guy. He's not a Kevin Durant, or a LeBron James in that they're clearly franchise guys. He has the physical tools but he's just so mentally weak and not a guy that's going to grind in the gym for hours on end in the offseason to make himself better.

Totally agree. Again, like Shaq, he's more interested in having fun and making sure other people like him. But Shaq was the prototype physical freak of the modern basketball era...the Wilt Chamberlain of our time. Dwight is more like the Ralph Sampson of our time. Genetics gave him the ability to rise to a certain level and he lacks the drive to get better on his own.

What I'm interested in seeing is if Kobe will have the selflessness as Tim Duncan did to take a below market contract after next season is up to keep the team together and go after more talent. He can still be the main guy and put up 20 a game for the next few years, but he needs to take the approach like he did with the dream team this past summer. It'll be interesting to see how important winning titles is to him compared to trying to win titles his way.

More importantly, Kobe would have to take less money AND convince another all-star to do the same, a la James, Wade and Bosh. Howard might be there with him if he's paid top dollar, but Nash and Gasol would probably retire before re-signing with the Lakers for less than market rate.
 
2013-02-25 03:58:37 PM  

Mitch Taylor's Bro: More importantly, Kobe would have to take less money AND convince another all-star to do the same, a la James, Wade and Bosh. Howard might be there with him if he's paid top dollar, but Nash and Gasol would probably retire before re-signing with the Lakers for less than market rate.


This led me to look at the salary data.

Kobe, Howard, and Gasol each make more than LeBron, Chris Paul and Durant.

The Orlando Magic have the 3rd highest team salary this year (of course, nearly $21 million of that is amnestied Gilbert Arenas)

/oh yeah, Gilbert Arenas makes $3 million more in basketball salary this year than LeBron and Durant
 
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