Lakers News: LA Needs More Than Positivity to Turn Season Around

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IJanuary 27, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Los Angeles Lakers grimaces as he flexes his ailing shoulder in the game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on January 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  The Nuggets won 112-105.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Dwight Howard wants positivity in Los Angeles.

Does anyone else think this is just absolutely, ridiculously hilarious?

According to ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin, Howard wants the negativity to stop surrounding the 18-25 Lakers.

Negativity just got to stop. I'm sick of hearing about it. I'm sick of hearing about all the negative stuff. It's a big problem. Negativity is just not good. We got to bring some positivity to this situation, to everybody.

If positivity is going to magically surround the Lakers, it needs to be Howard leading the wizardly charge.

Since joining the Lakers, Howard has been nothing but a negative thorn in the side of Hollywood.

From complaining about his offensive production against the Chicago Bulls (h/t Los Angeles Times) to his reportedly rocky relationship with Kobe Bryant (via New York Daily News), Howard has been the epitome of negativity.

If Los Angeles is going to turn the season around—which at this point is basically a lost cause—it needs a lot more than positivity.

It needs to learn to play defense in a Mike D'Antoni-based system.

It needs to utilize Pau Gasol to his full potential.

It needs more cohesion on offense between Steve Nash, Howard and Bryant.

Howard would certainly be setting an example if he could change his ways and suddenly become a positive aspect of the Lakers organization, but the odds of that happening are about as good as L.A. winning an NBA Championship this year.

At this point, it's too little too late for the positive vibes to overtake the Lakers.

Perhaps Dwight should have taken this initiative months ago before the walls started crumbling in the Staples Center.


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