To be clear, we're not talking about the larger, team-wide issues that have buried the Lakers this year. It would be unfair to expect Howard to think up solutions for L.A.'s lack of chemistry, inability to defend and confounding coaching.
Those are questions Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has to answer.
Although, seeing as Kupchak is the guy who assembled L.A.'s malfunctioning machine, he might not be the best option to diagnose the problem.
What we're suggesting is that Howard's time off will provide an opportunity for him to think about some of the biggest questions that he, personally, is facing this year.
Self-evaluation is always tough, though. So we'll help Howard out by suggesting some points to ponder. And as long as we’re pretending he’ll ever read this, we may as well mention that it is our sincerest hope that he takes these questions in the constructive spirit in which they’re intended.
Here you go, Dwight. Put on your thinking cap, because you’re going to have to answer the five following queries when you return to the court.