Dwight Howard, possibly the most primma donna in the NBA. I mean let’s all be honest here. Everyone remembers what happened in Orlando with Stan Van Gundy. He single handily destroyed that franchise and left them with just about nothing. Thinking his problems would leave him in Los Angeles, he teamed up with Kobe Bryant for a dream team run at a title. How has that worked? Well now he might possibly obliterated the Lakers. Howard has become injury prone, and has spread that problem to Pau Gasol, who is no longer starting because of bad chemistry when Howard is on the court at the same time. The only thing Howard hasn’t killed is most likely your fantasy basketball team. Though your lineup might be next on his list.
Howard now is suffering from a nagging shoulder injury, which is not going to go away. Howard must deal with this injury and play through it. Even Kobe agrees being quoted as saying “there is no time to wait for Howard’s shoulder to heal. We need some urgency” (Jackie MacMullen). With Pau Gasol now out 6-8 weeks with a torn Plantar Fascia and Jordan Hill out the remainder of the season with a hip injury, the lakers only have two options left for big men. Yes two. Dwight Howard and then the one man that can save the Lakers and possibly your fantasy team if you own either. Two Words. EARL CLARK.
Earl Clark. Small Forward/Power Forward. Los Angeles Lakers. Owned in 68% of leagues
Earl Clark is the next big craze to hit the NBA. First gaining popularity by taking Gasol’s starting job, and now becoming the only reliable Forward on this desperate team. Clark could turn out to be the next big thing averaging 13 points and 10 rebounds in 36 minutes of play time. Not only though is he playing offense, he has helped this team step up on defense averaging 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks over the last 3 games. Clark seems to be a favorite too of Dantoni. Expect his minutes to rise while Gasol is out and as this rises, so will his contribution to your fantasy team as well as the Los Angeles Lakers. He is only owned shockingly in only 68% of standard ESPN leagues making him easy to pick up. Also Clark can play the three and four position or fantasy terms Small Forward and Power Forward. This makes Clark even more accessible for your lineup.
At this point, Dwight Howard is no longer part of the solution to the Los Angeles Lakers or to your fantasy team either. Though it is not Pau Gasol’s fault, he no longer is the solution either. As the old saying goes, “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.” As of now, neither can help you too much. Add Earl Clark and do yourself a favor.
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If you would like to see the Kobe Conversation With Jackie MacMullen, here you go http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/8924249/kobe-bryant-challenges-dwight-howard-return-shoulder-injury-play-pain