The Lakers were in need of some changes. In the picture book that will immortalize this far from storybook season to this point, the most recent chapter of change was Kobe becoming a facilitator more than a scorer. He began passing 40 times a game rather than shooting 40. That is the only change that the Lakers have made this season that has had any effect. Until now. Dwight Howard, the pillar of leadership and teamwork immortalized, took it upon himself to make the necessary change. Dwight ditched the headband.
Finally, the petition at change.org was heard loud and clear by the big man.
This petition is certainly the last size 17 shoe to drop. It finally pushed Howard towards the needed change. After months of waffling over the issue to stay with or leave the headband behind, the petition published back in November finally helped Howard opt for change, and the Lakers org rejoiced.
And the results of this change were undeniably positive. No headband, no problem. Howard scored 19 points and grabbed 18 big boards for the team coming off an embarrassing defensive rebounding performance in Miami.
He played in the headband for everyone of his games that he hasn’t been wearing a suit and tie this season, up until Tuesday. Howard was involved in the offense early when he received a couple post catches and scored the Lakers first 4 points. He deftly finished one of Kobe’s 8 assists with an up and under reverse after rolling towards the bucket early in the first as well. The early involvement helped his confidence throughout the game surely. But he ditched the headband. And while his mobility and energy are still limited, they looked renewed. Coincidence?
Howard’s 19 points and 18 boards would suggest otherwise. Despite his struggles he is still leading the league in rebounds per game. Then again, the rest of the Lakers, as they proved Sunday and at times against Phoenix, are not rebounding juggernauts competing in that facet.
Is this the change the Lakers needed LA Sports Hubsters?