Over the past couple of years, Dwight Howard has been one of the most controversial players in the NBA. Howard is currently on a short-term contract with the Lakers, which is his second stint with the franchise. The Center’s first time with the purple and gold was full of controversy, with disputes with Kobe Bryant and numerous injuries being the focal point of his time in LA.
Although Kobe’s been vocal about his displeasure with Howard in the past, it seems like he’s changed his views on his former teammate. In a recent interview with the LA Times, Bryant spoke about the things Howard can accomplish this year.
“I’m happy for him because sometimes we don’t realize how much we love the game and miss the game until that window starts closing or its closed,” Bryant said. “Then you’re like, ‘Oh damn, I really miss playing the game. I want another opportunity to show what I can do.’ Sometimes you don’t know if that opportunity will ever come again. For him, I really believe he’s appreciative of the opportunity and I think he’s going to make a hell of an impact because of the new appreciation he has for playing the game.”
Check out everything Kobe said here.