When Dwight Howard was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, there was thought that it would propel the team to the top of the Western Conference. Instead, it was a disappointing season for Howard, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. Now, Howard is with the Houston Rockets while Bryant is recovering from an Achilles injury.
In a recent interview with ESPN Los Angeles, former teammate of Howard and Bryant, Antawn Jamison, told Ramona Shelburne that one of the major issues facing the Lakers last season was that the two superstars never developed a level of trust with each other.
"It was difficult," he said. "I really believed before we got started that those two could co-exist. But it just didn't work out that way. Both guys are unbelievable basketball players, the best we have in the game right now. But for whatever reason we just couldn't get that relationship as far as them communicating and them trusting each other the way you needed them to trust each other in order for us to win a championship. It just didn't happen that way."
Jamison also mentioned his former head coach, Mike D’Antoni. While he hinted that there were initially misunderstandings, Jamison said that he was ultimately able to understand where D’Antoni was coming from, adding that he believes his former coach was put into a tough position.
While Jamison ultimately decided to join Doc Rivers, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers, he said that you can never count Kobe Bryant out.
"I would never count Kobe Bryant out of anything," Jamison said Friday in a radio interview on ESPN 710 in Los Angeles. "I've played with some special players. Gilbert Arenas when he was [in Washington D.C], at the top of his game, LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal [in Cleveland]. I've played with a lot but never played with an individual player who had the type of mindset, the drive that he has. If [Bryant] says he's going to win a sixth ring, believe me, he's going to do everything possible to get that ring.”Follow @hoopsinjurynews