When thinking of the drama in Orlando involving Dwight Howard, it’s hard not to draw parallels between him and Shaquille O’Neal. They both were drafted first overall and quickly became dominant forces by their sophomore seasons, they both were traded by the Orlando Magic to the Los Angeles Lakers, and ironically, they both chose to dub themselves with the nickname Superman.
It’s obvious that Dwight Howard has a lot of work to do before he can ever be compared to the legendary Shaq Attack. Shaq won three championships in Los Angeles and one in Miami. Dwight is still searching for his elusive first championship ring. Shaq got his when Kobe was in his prime and was the most dominant player under 6’8” in the league.
With the ‘Big 3’ in Miami, I don’t think a worn down 34-year-old Kobe alongside an aging 39-year-old Steve Nash and a immature 27-year-old Dwight can cut it and win a championship with his current supporting cast. It’s going to take defense, chemistry and a bench to win championships, and right now those are three things the Lakers solely need.
The Lakers clearly had a big problem with team chemistry, and it was magnified even more because of the bad reputation that followed Dwight Howard after his move to L.A. The bad chemistry is nothing new to Kobe, though. He single-handedly got Shaq traded out of L.A. when he felt he was not the focus anymore.
However, can Kobe just stand by and watch his last chance at winning his much desired sixth ring walk out of Los Angeles at the end of this season. Can Dwight Howard find a true home through free agency or will he end up having another ‘Dwightmare’ season somewhere else?