LAKERS FILE COMPLAINT WITH THE NBA ABOUT HARD FOULS ON HOWARD

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    LAKERS FILE COMPLAINT WITH THE NBA ABOUT HARD FOULS ON HOWARD

    Really Mitch, on the same day the thug on your team gets suspended for throwing an uppercut during a game! 

    LAKERS FILE COMPLAINT WITH THE NBA ABOUT HARD FOULS ON HOWARD

    by HoopsVibe News

    Feb 5th, 2013  

     

    Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak filed an official complaint with the league this week regarding hard fouls on their brittle center, Dwight Howard.

    "There's a protocol to airing opinions or complaints with the NBA.  And we've done that," said Kupchak

    I wonder if there is a protocol for being a horrible general manager. Kupchak should focus more on why he's assembled a group of players and coaches that have no business being on the same team together because they all play different styles of ball. Instead, he's crying to the league about his center being fouled too hard. You can see in the video below that the foul on Howard wasn't even that hard of a foul. Maybe he's just brittle?

    "The game has evolved and like a lot of other sports where attention is now being given to protect players, the NBA is interested in doing so as well. I don't know if they will review our concerns, but [hard fouls] have resulted in injury to one of our players."

    In case Kupchak's been living under a rock, a lot of teams have been dealing with injuries. Rondo's out for the season. Derrick Rose has been out since last years playoff run. No other team is complaining about hard fouls. The Clippers weren't crying to the league about fouls on Blake Griffin, so why do the Lakers think they're so special?

    Howard wants to be out on the court, but the reality is he needs to heal. "I don't want to sit out — period," said Howard. "I know how important I can be to our team's success, but at the same time I don't want what happened last year to happen again."

    The reality with Kupchak is he's managed to assemble one of the leagues most expensive payrolls that can't produce. It's not injury. It's chemistry. And this team simply doesn't have it.

     
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    In response to DFURY-13's comment:

    Derek Fisher used to throw shoulders into people to get free for three pointers and nobody cried. Bynum headhunted people nobody cried, Artest is a habitual linestepper with his antics nobody cried. Howard, because he refuses to learn to shoot free throws gets fouled. Well if a guy can't make his free throws of course he'll get fouled more. Shaq was fouled more than anyone did he complain to the league? No. He took it in stride and won championships.



    +1 well stated! 

     
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    I guess Shaq was just tougher than Howard.

     
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    Imagine if Howard was playing in the early 80s! The Chief would have put this cry baby on his A*^!!!! 

     
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    In response to BCSP's comment:

     

    Imagine if Howard was playing in the early 80s! The Chief would have put this cry baby on his A*^!!!! 

     




    Parrish could most likely do it now.

     



    +1 again! I am guessing you are right! Heck, Moses Malone would have settled DH's dispute in the parking lot after the game! Super mam meet Mo!! 

     
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    Re: LAKERS FILE COMPLAINT WITH THE NBA ABOUT HARD FOULS ON HOWARD

    The Lakers are truely falling apart!

     

    LAKERS DRAMA: PAU GASOL INJURED, KOBE CALLS OUT DWIGHT HOWARD, COMPARES HIMSELF TO MOSES

    BY PATRICK CASSIDY

    Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace

    Where do you even begin with what happened after the Lakers held on to beat the Nets in Brooklyn last night? There was probably as much drama as you can possibly have after getting a W.

    First up, news of Pau Gasol’s significant injury. He had been battling ultra-painful plantar fasciitis in his right foot all season, but felt a pop in the fourth quarter and limped into the locker room. There will be an MRI today, but is suspected that Gasol has torn the plantar fascia tissue under the foot. If that is indeed the case, he’s looking at a recovery time of several weeks at least. It’s a shame; Gasol was just really starting to get into a groove and had just started playing really well. Whatever momentum he and Mike D’Antoni and his Lakers teammates had started to build together is now gone.

    The loss of Gasol brings us to drama point No. 2: Dwight Howard and his lingering shoulder labrum injury. Howard sat out last night’s game (his third in a row), and Kobe made it clear after the game that he thinks Dwight needs to man up and play through the pain.

    From ESPN:

    After the game, he challenged Howard to play through the shoulder injury that’s caused him to miss the past three games on this Lakers road trip. With Gasol likely on the shelf again, Bryant knows the Lakers need Howard. He made it clear he thinks Howard could be and maybe should be playing through the pain in his shoulder.

    The Lakers and Howard didn’t seem to be on the same page Tuesday about his status. In the morning, coach Mike D’Antoni hoped Howard would be recovered enough from platelet-rich plasma therapy he got last week to play. But Howard, his shoulder encased in ice after shootaround, said he was most definitely out.

    “He’s probably worried about the damage in his shoulder,” Bryant said. “I don’t think he’s ever had to play through injuries in his career. I think it’s a new experience for him.”

    Howard tore his right labrum last month. He will probably need surgery to fix it after the season. In the meantime, he has twice aggravated the injury and gone to see doctors to make sure there hasn’t been more damage. The doctors can treat it, such as the blooding-spinning procedure he had, but they can’t make it pain-free.

    But Howard can play, even though he’ll have to deal with setbacks, as long as he’s up to it. For the last few games, he hasn’t been.

    Bryant, who has an extensive résumé of putting off surgeries until offseasons and playing through daily discomfort, is putting the public pressure squarely on Howard to do the same. Gasol limped out of the Barclays Center on crutches Tuesday night. Bryant, talking about reality, gave Howard his preferred dose of it.

    “When I was growing up, going through high school and middle school, unfortunately but fortunately I dealt with injuries,” Bryant said. “Not injuries that were debilitating but injuries you have to play through where you have to manage the pain. When you go through those things you learn your body and what you can push through.

    “But Dwight has never been hurt. The [back injury last season] was debilitating and he couldn’t play. When you have an injury that hurts you but you can play through it that’s something you have to balance out and manage and he’s never really had to do that.”

    The message was blunt: suck it up.

    That should go over well.

    And finally, you know how everyone’s been all about Kobe’s recent pass-first mentality? The other day I wrote about how it’s likely that Kobe himself doesn’t believe that he can keep up the role of “facilitator,” even at the expense of wins and a longer career. This is how Kobe described this massive, clutch dunk after the game:

    “I think everyone has been drinking the Kobe pass Kool-Aid so they kind of stayed on the perimeter like the Red Sea. I felt a little like Moses.”

    “The Kobe pass Kool-Aid.” Doesn’t sound like something that’s going to be around for a while, especially if the team is missing Dwight and Pau.

     

     
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    In response to DFURY-13's comment:

    9 deleted posts. A nerve was struck.



    I am guessing "Super mam meet Mo" might have had something to do with it! LOL! 

     
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    The Lakers crawl into TD Garden tonight, a shell of the team they once were! What a complete and utter mess! Staring Kobe Bryant!! AND Directed by Mitch Kupchak! 

    Thanks Jimmmmmmmy!!!

     
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    I am certain this interview will help you get that max- contract deal next year DH! LOL!!

    Dwight Howard on how bad his back is after surgery: “Well for people who have had back surgery they will see it more than a person who never has had back surgery. For me, even sitting down in this chair right now is causing my legs to go numb and having this tingly sensation all the way down my legs. That happens when I’m playing and that happens when I’m just sitting on the bench for a couple of minutes. It’s not easy. There are times when I can’t feel my legs when I’m out there playing. I try to play through it so it’s not just like a situation where everything is back to 100 percent. That stuff takes time. When I got injured my nerves in my legs were short-circuited so basically because of my disk being on my nerves, basically shut everything down from my back all the way down to my toes. That takes time to heal. It usually takes a year and some people take longer. Most of it has healed up in less than three months That’s why I was able to come back and play as fast as I was, but I’m still not ready to play yet.” Sports Radio Interviews

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