A Huge Problem

By Louis Hokayem

As a lifelong admirer of Kobe Bryant and the storied Los Angeles Lakers franchise, writing this post will reveal much of my current confusion, disbelief, and overwhelming sadness. Unfortunately, just like most sad stories, the despair and disappointment of these current times came about rather unexpectedly. In fact, if you would have given me a quick snapshot of the current Lakers franchise at the start of the 2012 season, I would have laughed and completely disregarded the nonsense that was being presented. I was convinced that the talent being rushed in from the southeast and Midwest would not only produce a deadly threesome for the record books but also bring the jewelry back to Los Angeles.

To my great dissatisfaction, the regular season thus far reveals a struggling Lakers squad with significant problems both inside and outside of the locker room. For the rest of this post I am going to discuss the biggest problem in Los Angeles. That’s right, through examining debates and multiple scientific discussions via Espn, I have found that the problem in LA is not only big, but huge. Yes this problem is almost 7 feet tall and regrettably from my home state. This problem looks like superman but behaves like a rug rat. This problem was born with inhuman athletic ability but the work ethic of lazy boy sofa. No, this problem is not a hip hop artist or even Bill Walton. This problem is the one and only Dwight Howard.

While some may say it is a bit harsh to blame all of the struggles of the Lakers on Dwight Howard. I cannot think of a reason to credit him for anything. Not only was this trade designed to display Howard’s skills and abilities on the world’s biggest basketball stage but more importantly it was intended to create an electric basketball environment that compliments the seasoned talent of both Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant. At this point in time Dwight has accomplished nothing but bringing negative media attention to the Lakers franchise. His teammates can only depend on him for two things. The first is that when the opportunity presents itself, he will say something stupid about himself or his team. The second would be his unmatched ability to draw attention to his injuries. While the big concern for most fans has been the health of his back, I think it would be foolish for anyone to assume that his shoulder injury will be buried from the media spotlight anytime soon.  In addition to complications on the court, now Kobe and the rest of the “healthy” Lakers team will have the privilege of having Dwight sitting on the bench in his typical goofy courtside apparel. I’m sure Kobe will enjoy listening to his commentary during timeout breaks.

Ultimately, the real tragedy of this situation in LA is reveled through two contrasting personalities which will not successfully blend in the near future. The first personality is one in which hard work and persistence is a deep rooted priority, where excuses are not accepted and injuries are fought through every day. The second personality is one in which an individual does not understand the value of hard work but instead uses freakish athletic ability to follow that spotlight wherever it may lead them. It is safe to say that the culture of the Lakers franchise has historically rested upon a player’s ability to adapt to the first personality type mentioned.  Sadly, it appears that Lakers fans will not simply be watching the simple game of basketball in the near future, but instead watching the shame and disgust revealed when to completely different personality types fight with one another.

No hard feelings Mr. Walton (link).

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