Posted February 07, 2013 - 01:18 PM
This is simple, guys...read between the lines.
Dwight wants to say that he basically doesn't want to be injured (rehabbing) during free agency in July.
Now, that doesn't necessarily mean he's dead-set on leaving LA. He just doesn't want other teams to consider him an Andrew Bynum when the time comes.
In Dwight's mind, we aren't winning the championship this season. Maybe he's a bit more realistic than Kobe, but that's what makes Kobe who he is. He thinks it's possible every year, no matter what, because he's out on the court.
Over the last 20 years, there have been two guys we have to separate from the pack, that have that mentality: Kobe and MJ. We can't expect Dwight to be that way, as much as we want him to.
Do I want D12 to get a little more serious about his play, and not smile all the time? Most definitely. I didn't like it when LeBron did it, didn't like it when Shaq was doing it...but both LeBron and Shaq eventually learned how important it was to take "no laughing matter" seriously (LeBron more than Shaq when LBJ changed in 2012, although you didn't see Shaq laugh much in-game), and with Kobe around, I'm sure it will start to sink in.