Dwight Sr. Proves That Dwight Jr. Is Not Built to Be a Leader

According to the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is done voicing his opinion when it comes to teammate Dwight Howard. After all, it would be hard to follow in the footsteps of Howard's father's blistering critique of the 2012-13 NBA season.

Dwight Sr. recently decided to throw a few barbs of his own in Bryant's and head coach Mike D'Antoni's direction—which would be fine if the younger Howard were a child, but he's not.

I'm all for standing up for your child when a perceived slight has been hurled in his vicinity, but last I checked Howard is 27. While Dwight Sr. standing up for his son may be admirable, there comes a time when the child has to step out on his own and grow up.

It seems like this may be a lesson that has escaped both father and son, and it may also explain why Howard can't seem to relinquish his childhood.

Much has been made about Howard's immature episodes in Orlando and his inability to view anything from a serious perspective, but maybe those qualities are something that Howard has earned honestly.

Dwight Sr.'s advice that his son just needs to sit down and hash out matters with Bryant seems like pretty good advice to me, but did Howard really need his father to point out the obvious? And was it necessary for Howard's dad to notify the media about his intentions?

And this is the guy the Lakers are expecting to lead them into the future, when he can't even figure out how to lead himself?

I'm not sure if Howard will ever regain his pre-injury form or dominance, but this latest episode should end any questions about Howard's ability to eventually lead the Lakers. Leadership is not one of his strongest qualities.

I'm well aware that some people will argue that Howard led the Orlando Magic to the 2010 NBA Finals, but I'm guessing that conclusion was more a result of head coach Stan Van Gundy and his system.

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