Part of it was because the ceiling for success was higher in Houston as James Harden, a young budding superstar, and Howard could compete for championships for the next four seasons. The other half of it was because Dwight and Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant just couldn’t get along.
“The writing’s on the wall. Whatever you say happened between the coaching staff, Kobe and Dwight – it was a combination of everything. Not understanding roles. Not being up front with roles. Our two superstars didn’t get along.”
Those were the words of Antawn Jamison as he spoke to NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper after last night’s game against the Sacramento Kings. he spoke on the notable Kobe-Dwight feud from last season.
All-in-all, Jamison reiterated that the two stars couldn’t put their feud to the side to focus on basketball things.
“That we couldn’t figure things out. That we couldn’t put the way we felt about certain situations to the side and just play basketball.”
Jamison didn’t blast the two stars and put all of the blame of a wasted season on them. He also noted how important a role injuries and the coaching change played on the team.
“You’ve got to think about it. Not only that, but having Mike (Brown) there and Mike being fired, and D’Antoni coming in and not being able to have his stamp on the system, not being able to get us to play in that system. It was a lot of things. It wasn’t just the thing between Dwight and Kobe. Steve Nash got hurt. Pau Gasol went down. D’Antoni had to play with reserves that had to play a lot of minutes that probably wouldn’t have played that many minutes.”
Jamison thinks that a healthy relationship between Bryant and Howard could have altered the way the season played out.
Currently Jamison is a reserve forward for the Los Angeles Clippers. While his team has jumped out to a 2-1 record to start the season, the forward has yet to record a minute in these high-scoring affairs.
The Kobe-Dwight feud was the highlight (or should I say lowlight) of that Lakers season, but for Jamison it was just a piece of all the bad that happened to the squad that fielded four future hall of famers.
“I think we all needed to do something different. When I say that, I could have spoke up and said, ‘Let’s figure this out.’ It was a combination of everything. Everything that could have went wrong went wrong.”
All quotes via [Scott Howard-Cooper - Jamison: Kobe-Dwight Friction Was Bad | NBA.com]