If this was an episode of “24” (I know ironic), Dwight would be checking in to make sure Kobe was never released from hospital (I miss Jack Bauer).
I believe Dwight somewhat, when he says that Kobe has helped him this season, but I also believe, he is embracing the fact, that he can be the “MAN” while Kobe is injured.
Frankly, for the Lakers to prosper, even when Kobe comes back, Dwight really needs to step up and be a dominant big man. He needs to challenge Kobe the same way Shaq did. You can’t cower from the bully, punch him in the face and he will back down.