Dwight Howard on Lakers’ Woes: ‘Negativity Just Got to Stop’

The Los Angeles Lakers' struggles have yet to end, but All-Star center Dwight Howard appears to have a solution.

Speaking with Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year offered his take on his team's problems and made it seem like getting back on track was easy.

Howard said that in order for the Lakers to start winning and contending, the "negativity" would have to end:

Negativity just got to stop. I'm sick of hearing about it. I'm sick of hearing about all the negative stuff. It's a big problem. Negativity is just not good. We got to bring some positivity to this situation, to everybody.

I'm just talking about negativity in general. That's like a dark cloud, and the more you feed into the negativity, the bigger it gets. So, we have to change that and we have to believe. For all the fans and everybody who support the Lakers, believe. Yes, we're struggling. Yes, it's not the best time to be a Laker fan or a Laker player, but we will get out of it. There's a rainbow on the other end. We just got to make sure we get to it. I don't know if we got to eat some more Skittles or whatever it may be, but we got to find a way.To a certain degree, Howard is right. The Lakers had a busy offseason, acquiring both him and two-time MVP Steve Nash, and they were labeled as early championship contenders. Instead, they are 18-25 and four games out of the final playoff spot in the tough Western Conference.

As Howard referenced, there has certainly been a great deal of negativity this season. From Mike Brown's failed Princeton offense to Pau Gasol not being comfortable in Mike D'Antoni's run-and-gun game and Kobe Bryant subsequently calling his teammate out, it has been a pretty dismal year in Lakersville. Steve Nash missing two months with a leg injury is just the icing on the cake.

However, if Howard thinks that just throwing the past away and putting on a happy face is going to fi...

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