Dwight Howard: ‘I looked at James Harden as a younger version of Kobe Bryant, don’t know why I was thinking that’

Clutch Points: “I looked at [James Harden] as a younger version of Kobe. I don’t know why I was thinking that… If I would’ve sat down and really thought about my decisions without being in my emotions, I probably would’ve stayed in LA.” —Dwight Howard (via @MATHHOFFA) pic.twitter.com/nBpbXomiKL
Source: Twitter @ClutchPointsApp

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
A historic night!
Diana Taurasi became the first ever player in the #WNBA history to reach 10,000 career points. White Mamba strikes back!
A closer look to Taurasi’s new milestone on @SportalgrG. A real pioneer in the league. #WNBATwitter #MoreThanGame
sportal.gr/basket/rest-of…2:19 AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Where does Kobe Bryant rank in your all-time list? 🐍 pic.twitter.com/8kG2KNAsDl1:50 AM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Starting with James Harden, and trying to dive deep and understand if there is any sort of deal that could tick boxes for the 76ers to make them execute a move.
youtube.com/live/hUhSlWR3H…7:30 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Hey! @MG_Schindler and I are about to go live! We’re going to talk:
-Is there a James Harden trade that makes sense?
-Aday Mara to UCLA, Johnny Furphy to Kansas
-PJ Washington Free Agency
-Four underrated young guys that Mark wants to talk about
youtube.com/live/hUhSlWR3H… pic.twitter.com/ovNF2FvArk7:20 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Jalen Brunson wearing the Team USA Kobe 6 PEs at practice today pic.twitter.com/nLrO9XezkU5:00 PM
NBA Kicks @NBAKicks
👀 these 🇺🇸 Kobe 6s at #USABMNT practice! pic.twitter.com/oSqhZWXWwF3:45 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Dwight Howard explains difference between LeBron, Kobe leadership styles
nbcsports.com/nba/news/dwigh…1:10 PM
Harden lives at the line 👀
(h/t @ClutchPoints) pic.twitter.com/Xd0t7kApBz12:38 PM
Nick DePaula @NickDePaula
Quentin Grimes gives us a first look at the Team USA Kobe 6 PEs for @USAbasketball Camp 👀👀 pic.twitter.com/Q7CmZYLRFT11:26 AM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
On Pat Bev’s pod, D’Lo talked about Kobe vs. LeBron as teammates, which got me wondering about everyone played w/both. I *think* this is the list: D’Lo. Nance Jr. Clarkson. Turiaf. Shannon Brown. Ira Newble. Mihm. Boozer. Shaq. Joe Smith. Jamison. Jelani McCoy. AK – 12:55 AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Dwight Howard’s season in Taiwan is long over, but the veteran center might get into serious legal trouble.
Howard is being sued for sexually assaulting a man 😱 The details are interesting and disturbing at the same time: basketnews.com/news-192433-dw…6:30 PM
Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
🚨 2024 NBA Draft rankings out now on @ringer 🚨
1. Matas Buzelis (G League forward)
2. Ron Holland (G League wing)
3. Ja’Kobe Walter (Baylor combo guard)
4. Stephon Castle (UConn combo guard)
5. Izan Almansa (G League power forward)
Full first round: theringer.com/nba/2023/8/2/2…4:52 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
⓵ Matas Buzelis, G League
⓶ Ron Holland, G League
⓷ Ja’Kobe Walter, Baylor
⓸ Stephon Castle, UConn
⓹ Izan Almansa, G League
@KevinOConnorNBA breaks down his top 30 prospects in the 2024 draft class: theringer.com/nba/2023/8/2/2…3:08 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Most RPG + APG by a guard last season:
16.8 — James Harden
16.6 — Luka Doncic
14.9 — LaMelo Ball
14.1 — Tyrese Haliburton pic.twitter.com/yODkCSMxl91:17 PM
Former Lakers star Dwight Howard explains biggest difference between Kobe Bryant, LeBron James
cbssports.com/nba/news/forme…12:24 PM
Ben Rohrbach @brohrbach
For @YahooSports: What stars are next on the trade block after Damian Lillard and James Harden?
sports.yahoo.com/which-nba-star…6:42 PM
When rookie Kobe put on a show in the ’97 Slam Dunk Contest 🤩
(🎥: @NBAHistory)
pic.twitter.com/5t36bR0vFj5:41 PM
Nick DePaula @NickDePaula
Adidas is re-launching Kobe Bryant’s 1st signature shoe, the KB8, with some tweaks.
The newest “Crazy 8” features a different black upper texture, blue in place of purple along the bottom shank, and replaces the #8 on the tongue with the brand’s “Feet You Wear” logo. 👀
The… pic.twitter.com/JgCNXdJDTM1:43 PM

More on this storyline

Clutch Points: “Why didn’t the Lakers just bring us back? We just won a [2020] championship… They went and got Marc Gasol and Montrezl Harrell. That was their way of saying, ‘we got younger and better at the [center] position.’” —Dwight Howard (via @MATHHOFFA) pic.twitter.com/uTz6hexoUD -via Twitter @ClutchPointsApp / August 3, 2023
Speaking on Math Hoffa’s Expert Opinion podcast, Dwight Howard detailed the stark contrast between the personalities of the two Lakers greats. “LeBron’s almost at like somebody from the south side of Georgia. We actin’ kind of like twins. Joking, silly, have a good time. We get on the court, we still gonna have a good time but we’re gonna dominate. Kobe, he not bulls**ting with nobody. He might not come to the locker room to talk. So he’s just gonna walk all the way past us,” Howard recalled. -via Clutch Points / August 2, 2023
Dwight Howard then added that, despite not seeing eye to eye with Kobe Bryant during the Lakers’ 2012-13 season, he now understands that the Black Mamba’s demeanor was the way it was so he could get an unfocused, veteran team to lock in. As one would recall, adding Howard was supposed to vault the Lakers into legitimate title contention. Instead, they won just 45 games, and Bryant had to pour everything he had just to get the Lakers to that position — costing him his health in the process. -via Clutch Points / August 2, 2023
Per Ramona Shelburne on “NBA Today”: I think the Sixers have been pretty clear in that they’re going to entertain conversations for James Harden because he has asked them to and Daryl Morey’s relationship with James Harden goes back so far and they’ve done a lot of things together in this league that he feels like he owes it to him to entertain trade conversations, but he’s also made it very clear we’re not going to trade James Harden for anything less than a player that they think puts them on the same percentage to win a championship and in Philly, they have this ‘What is your percentage to win a championship with the roster that you have?’ -via Sixers Wire / July 31, 2023
If the Clippers acquire James Harden in a deal with the Sixers this year … Baron Davis tells TMZ Sports he thinks it could lead to a title for Los Angeles at the end of the season. “I think that’d be dope!” the former NBA star said. -via TMZ.com / July 29, 2023
Being willing to take the Van Vleet risk rather than the Harden one says a lot about how the latter is viewed right now. Even the Clippers, Harden’s preferred destination, have been fairly unserious about what they’re willing to give up in order to acquire him. The prevailing sentiment seems to be that Harden is still valued, but on the team’s terms, which is a shift from the franchise-defining clout Harden had at his peak. -via Philly Voice / July 28, 2023
D’Angelo Russell: “My Kobe was old; my Kobe was on his way out… I’ll just go from an aura perspective. Kobe was on his way out, but LeBron is more involved with everybody and everything. On the bus he’s social, on the plane he’s social, he’s just more sociable. When I was with Kobe, I sat next to him on the plane and we sat in one of the back seats… I sat next to him every time and just watched and studied him and just chill next to him – he never talked. -via TalkBasket / August 3, 2023
“On the floor, he was on his way out so he didn’t really have that youthness to him where he was bouncey, he was just getting to it. Bron obviously still has a different motivation, he’s still writing his book (career). Kobe already decided he was retiring that year. Our team was, everybody was on a one-year deal and there weren’t a lot of young guys so our ‘win now’ moment wasn’t there…” Russell stated. “It was a fun little run, but we got Kobe on the way out when he was happy-go-lucky and his spirit was a little different. Everybody always said like ‘Man, you lucky you got Kobe on his way out versus when he was still through the grind because he was nasty and competitive’ and everything you say he brought that into it.” -via TalkBasket / August 3, 2023

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