In the Lakers pitch meeting to Dwight Howard yesterday, Kobe did not seek to placate Howard. He challenged him.
According to Adrian Wojnaroski of Yahoo Sports, Kobe offered his knowledge and mentorship as a pitch to Dwight.
“‘You need to learn how it’s done first, and I can teach you here,’ Bryant told Howard.”
Kobe told dwight he had learned from former champions, and he could teach Dwight as he had learned from others.
“Bryant, a five-time NBA champion, insisted he wouldn’t retreat in pushing Howard every day, that as much as the Lakers needed Howard, Howard needed Bryant and the Lakers, too.
‘Instead of trying to do things your way, just listen and learn and tweak it, so it fits you,’ Bryant told him.”
Kobe was himself during the Lakers’ pitch to Dwight, part of the “honest” meeting the Lakers had with the free agent star.
In the past, Kobe’s pitch to Dwight as a sidekick turned Dwight off. Now, Kobe and the Lakers have to hope that Bryant’s offer to be a mentor to Howard will draw him back, and that Dwight will accept Kobe’s challenge.