Dwight Howard had a tough night at the free throw line Thursday night against the Lakers, but one unexpected player on Los Angeles expects great things from the Rockets center this year.
Kobe Bryant addressed the media before the game between the Lakers and Rockets. He thought Howard will have “a great year” in Houston.
“He’s always very determined to be more of an offensive player,” Bryant said. “Here in Houston he’ll have the opportunity to do that. He always wanted to compete with some of the all-time greats, the Chamberlains and Shaqs and Olajuwons and so forth. This year should be the year where he starts putting up those kind of numbers – 25, 26 (points per game), stuff like that.”
So far Howard’s numbers aren’t quite that gaudy as he gets used to his new team, but they are impressive. Howard is averaging 17 points, 14.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.