Dwight on how his legs go numb when he sits down:
Well for people who have had back surgery they will see it more than a person who never has had back surgery. For me, even sitting down in this chair right now is causing my legs to go numb and having this tingly sensation all the way down my legs. That happens when I’m playing and that happens when I’m just sitting on the bench for a couple of minutes. It’s not easy.
Dwight on how his legs go numb while playing basketball:
There are times when I can’t feel my legs when I’m out there playing. I try to play through it so it’s not just like a situation where everything is back to 100 percent. That stuff takes time. When I got injured my nerves in my legs were short-circuited so basically because of my disk being on my nerves, basically shut everything down from my back all the way down to my toes. That takes time to heal.
Kobe on Dwight’s difficult transition to successful franchise:
(Howard) has never been in a position where someone is driving him as hard as I am, as hard as this organization is. It’s win a championship or everything is a complete failure. That’s just how (the Lakers) do it. And that’s foreign to him.
Kobe on Dwight playing with an injury:
I don’t think he’s ever had to play through injuries — he’s been healthy his entire career. It’s a new experience for him.
Dwight on his potential future as a PR flack:
I’m not a crybaby. I didn’t try to cry my way out of Orlando. That was never my intention, or not what I did at all. And I understand everybody thought it was that way because of what was being put out there. I’m not indecisive. I love this game. You know I play it because it inspires me; it inspires millions of kids around me, adults and all. And, I’m going to have fun while I do it.
And yet, Kupchak on his plans for the Lakers’ roster:
We will not make a trade. We will not trade Dwight Howard. We have no intention of making a trade.
Maybe those sun rocket tests have been going better than previously believed.