Kobe Bryant Interview at UC Santa Barbara discusses Dwight Howard, recovery & athletes not showing up to their camps

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| July 11th, 2013 | 3,259 Views

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Kobe was at the UCSB yesterday for his Nike basketball camp and talked with reporters, including a sort of annoying blonde admirer/reporter, about the “nightmare” season, recovering faster than he expected, Dwight Howard’s departure and how he used to be upset that as a kid he would attend camps sponsored by athletes that wouldn’t even show up…like Dwight Howard.

Last summer, Dwight Howard pushed his camp back a month so he could stay out in California and then was a no-show when the event did happen.  Instead campers were introduced to rookie Andrew Nicholson and given an autographed photo of Dwight who was busy working on his Lakers deal.

When asked if Howard was mentally tough enough to be a Laker, Bryant said “Everybody is cut differently. He has his way of leading that he feels like can be most effective and can work for him, and obviously the way we’ve gone about it with this organization, the leaders we’ve had–myself, Magic, and Kareem–we’ve done it a different way.”

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