Howard Brings Comedy to Lakers Bench
The smile formed seemingly every time Dwight Howard spoke.
As Laker fans at Save Mart Center loudly shouted, “We want Kobe,” in hopes Bryant would appear in the second half of an otherwise meaningless 110-83 preseason loss Sunday to the Golden State Warriors, Howard joined in on the cheer. Howard even started his own chant, proclaiming, “We want Somogyi,” in reference to 7-foot-3 center Greg Somogyi, who made the training camp roster.
Howard sat on the bench wearing a bow tie and tortoiseshell glasses, engaged in small talk with Devin Ebanks and Darius Morris. They would laugh, and then a few seconds later, they’d laugh again.
Long after the game ended, Howard spoke with a handful of media members about a number of topics. He guessed various reporters’ ages and even compared one to the 38-year-old Steve Nash. Howard guess which reporters were single or married judging by the size of their waistlines. Howard peppered them with questions about movies, including basketball flicks, Team America and the James Bond films. Howard also detailed his love for dodgeball.
“We were just having fun and keeping the mood light,” Howard said about his teammate interactions on the bench. “Especially for our younger guys, it’s good to let them know to have fun but also play hard. You don’t have to be serious where you forget what your goal is.”