Netease Sports reported on September 29:
He reached the finals this year and stepped onto such a stage again after 10 years. For Howard, this is the big scene where he came to the finals again 11 years later.
The Magic lost the finals. The 23-year-old Howard once asked Kobe for suggestions for improvement. The latter gave him a very sincere answer and helped him a lot.
"I asked him what I should do to be better, and his feeling is: What do you mean? You are already one of the best players in the world. What do you mean? Keep doing what you are What you do, continue to play hard, temper your high jumpers and board shots."
Kobe's suggestions are very detailed. "I asked him how many baskets you shoot a day, and he said that he used to shoot 1,000 times a day. After that, I did it, shooting 1,000 jumpers a day, and the following year, I ranked 2nd in the MVP selection (Rose It's MVP)."
"I will never forget this. He didn't want me to shoot so many baskets when he said that, it was more about tempering my will."
What is embarrassing is that Howard joined the Lakers in the 2012-13 season and had a very unhappy relationship with Kobe, and chose to leave after a season. However, Kobe's unfortunate death gave him a great shock. Howard expressed his grief many times. During the previous Western Conference finals, he also wore Kobe's No. 8 jersey to pay his respects.