Dwight Howard's Father Says the Problem with the Lakers Is the Coach

For the second time this week, Dwight Howard found himself responding to someone else's unwanted opinion about his situation with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Only this time, it was Howard's father that prompted the discussion.

"I'm not going to get into it," Howard said after practice in Miami on Saturday when asked about the recent comments of his father, Dwight Howard Sr., dissecting the relationship triangle between the Lakers' center, coach Mike D'Antoni and guard Kobe Bryant.

"My dad is a grown man. If that's how he feels, then we'll leave it at that. I'm not going to get into it."

Howard Sr. told the Atlanta Journal Constitution he was disappointed with the way Bryant publicly criticized his son, and that D'Antoni didn't do anything to curtail it.

"The problem is the coach," Howard Sr. told the newspaper. "(D'Antoni) needs to step in and say, 'You guys have got to be quiet. We're trying to secure something here.' Dwight is probably looking at the coach, thinking, 'What are you going to do?' I promise, if that had been (former Magic coach) Stan Van Gundy, that wouldn't have happened. (Howard) wouldn't have been admonished publicly. I think the coach has a lot to do with who controls Kobe's mouth right now."

There was no more controversial words coming from Bryant on Saturday.

"Honestly, I'm done talking about it," Bryant said. "There's nothing to talk about. I'm done with it. There's nothing to discuss. It's silly."

Before the Lakers played the Boston Celtics on Thursday, Howard lashed out at comments Bryant made to ESPNBoston.com's Jackie MacMullan regarding Howard's ailing right shoulder. Bryant told ESPNBoston.com, "We don't have time for [Howard's shoulder] to heal. ... We need some urgency."

Howard responded by saying of Bryant, "He's not a doctor."

Bryant has repeatedly expressed since the interview with MacMullan that he did not intend for his comments to be construed as an attack at Howard, saying Saturday that it was "just making a big deal out of something that's really nothing."

"All year people have been trying to hang on to stuff," Bryant said of the media interest in the dynamic between him and Howard. "He's just got to go do his job, man. Just rebound, defend and we do our jobs and [fulfill] our roles on what we have to do to help us win. It's not rocket science."

D'Antoni said, "We're good," when asked about the state of things between him and the two Lakers' All-Stars, and shrugged off the comments made by Howard's father.

"That's cool," D'Antoni said. "He should, he's the father, he should defend his son. But I thought we had that [meeting] in Memphis. Maybe we have to do it again."

Howard said he speaks to his dad frequently, but not about the inner-workings of the Lakers.

"We talk life," Howard said.

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SOURCE: ESPNLosAngeles.com
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