Dwight Howard: “We Have To Play Like We Like Each Other”
“It’s something we have to do to get better,” he said. “We have to play like we like each other. Even if we don’t want to be friends off the court, whatever that may be, when we step in between the lines or we step in the locker room or the gym, we have to respect each other and what we bring to the table.
When told of Bryant’s quotes, characterizing himself as sacrificing during the O’Neal era, Howard asked for clarification.
“He took a back seat?” Howard asked. “I was super young, so I really don’t remember too much from those championship runs.”
Howard was then asked if he thought he had the same kind of alpha male personality as O’Neal.
“You can’t look at it as the alpha male. It’s basketball. We’re not a pack of wolves,” Howard said.
“There’s different ways to lead a team. Sometimes you have to follow to learn how to lead. I’ve done an excellent job with guys of being somebody they can all come to if they have a problem.
“But if they’re not working the way they need to work, I’m the guy that will tell ‘em, ‘Hey, you need to get in the weight room or get some extra shots up.’ That’s where I come in. I don’t have to bark about it to you guys (reporters) or to the team.”