Yup, That'll Do It: Kobe Didn't Appreciate Shaq Until He PLayed With Dwight Howard
You can say a lot of critical things about Dwight Howard. You can say he's a disingenuous person that hides behind the facade of his smile. You can say that he's a bad boyfriend given his proclivity for impregnating a new woman on a seemingly bi-monthly basis. You can say he's a terrible father since he has spent about 10 minutes in total 'coaching' his roster of children. You can even say that he's an overrated basketball player that fell miles upon miles short of reaching his sky high potential.
However, if we are going to talk about all his less than desirable personality traits, it would be in poor taste not to mention his good qualities. Dwight Howard is a mender of fences. He's a uniter of men. He brings people together, even under the most segregating of circumstances. Don't sit there and tell me that Dwight Howard isn't an outstanding mediator when he helped to fix quite possibly the most volatile relationship in sports history. Now granted, he only did so after a messy divorce, and he did it by being an overpaid disappointment who spent the rare opportunities he had to come off injured reserved complaining about his Hall Of Fame teammate, but don't say it didn't get results. When you are dealing with two personalities as strong as those of Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, sometimes you have to go to extravagant lengths. Let's face it, the divide between those two was something unforeseen in couples therapy. Even the most successful of marriage counselors would have recommended a referral elsewhere. Dwight may have had some abnormal practices, but he helped two of the best basketball players that have ever walked this Earth to understand what they had in each other and what they accomplished together. He's definitely still a dick, but don't say he's a dick without purpose.
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