Get serious: Fun-loving Dwight Howard is not the Lakers' problem

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"That's just me," he said about living life with a smile on his face. "That's what we did in high school, and we rarely lost. We'd have our quiet time, and I still do, but in the back away from everyone."

Some of those former Lakers who have become hypercritical might consider cracking a smile. What next? Kareem dropping his arm and covering his eyes on the statue outside Staples Center?

After Magic blasted the Lakers in tweets, then praised them in two defeats, he went on TV at halftime with Oklahoma City winning big, and said, "It's over for my Lakers — no playoffs, no nothing."

And then I wrote: "What happens if the Lakers beat Cleveland and then Milwaukee? Does Magic tweet the Lakers are back?"

A few hours before playing Miami, Magic tweeted: "Lakers Nation: I feel the @Lakers will definitely make the playoffs and cause some other problems for teams!"

Now that they have lost to Miami, I wonder if they are a "no-nothing" again.

Come on, shouldn't these ex-Lakers understand better than everyone it takes time to play together and there is still a half season to play?

How can you knock a team that is 2-1 since Mike D'Antoni restarted the season?

Just trying to put a smile on your faces.

I THINK it's pretty clear now based on the Manti Te'o story that any time an athlete talks about the loss of a grandparent or parent and how it motivated them to become successful, they are going to have to produce a death certificate.

SOME FOLKS feel the media didn't do their job in fact-checking the Te'o story.

But I think about the uproar when I challenged UCLA football Coach Jim Mora. I asked him about holding back against Stanford knowing it was meaningless game, which of course he did.

ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit suggested I was "pathetic."

What would Herbstreit have said had I interviewed the Notre Dame linebacker and expressed skepticism that both his grandmother and girlfriend had died at almost the same time?

What if I had pressed for details about where the girlfriend had died, where he was sending flowers and how often he had seen her?

SO FAR the truth remains elusive, but it would seem Te'o is either a liar or a pathetic young man who might need help.

Ask yourself as a parent, if your son is the big man on campus, finding love online three years ago but left devastated when the woman he's never met has died, wouldn't you be concerned about the emotional stability of your child?

I KNOW this, things are finally looking up for Lane Kiffin. There were conflicting reports about trouble in the Trojans' locker room after a Sun Bowl loss.

But instead of the story picking up steam it gets lost in all the Lance Armstrong and Te'o hubbub.

I'm just surprised that no one has suggested so far that Kiffin was the mastermind behind the girlfriend hoax.

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