Honestly, you have to be pretty ignorant about basketball to think the Lakers should get rid of Dwight Howard.Clearly, I am very ignorant! Because, IMO it takes a cohesive unit (see: Teamwork) to win Championships. I'm really only satisfied with Championships.
But, saying I am ignorant about the game of basketball because I feel Dwight Howard is not needed to win Championships is IMO out of bounds. Especially, in the day and age where Centers are not critical.
Doesn't the NBA require five players on the court at all times? Shouldn't those five players play together as a unit? Shouldn't they have the same goal?At first I thought you were talking about Kobe. Then . . .
Wouldn't there be dissention if one of those players is percieved as not giving his all or plays when he wants to? Or, laughs when their team loses an important game?. . . I realized you were referring to Dwight Howard's perceived lack of effort. You might see fumbles on the offensive end that instead I see as horrible entry passes or am more willing to write off as working through injury. I have seen some plays that look lazy, like that bounce pass from Howard at the top of the key to Nash in the post, or sometimes complaining on calls instead of getting back on defense (everybody does this, especially Kobe), but overall you can't get around the fact that a guy who's pulling down 12 boards a night is simply not lazy or not trying.
What I am ignorant about is what options the Lakers have going forward. Can we sign and trade Dwight? Does he have max value on the market at this time? Or, will teams shy away for the reasons I have indicated in this post and others in the past?Dwight Howard will get the max amount of money that a team can offer him no matter where he signs. Most NBA franchises still highly value and covet dominant big men, including the Lakers thankfully.