Kobe isn’t a dumb person, no matter what you think of Dwight Howard personally, if he leaves the Lakers, it will lessen their chances of winning next year.
Next year, maybe all that Kobe has left, so it makes sense that he will try to convince him to stay. He has no real alternative but to try to make it work with Dwight.
Lakers are ready to hitch their wagon to Dwight for the foreseeable future. It is a gamble they are willing to take.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) May 21, 2013