Dwight Howard rolled his eyes at the question.
With the Lakers (44-37) entering their season-finale tonight against the Houston Rockets (45-36) at Staples Center with the outcome deciding their postseason future, will Howard give a motivational speech to his teammates?
“I’m going to go watch Immortals and give the speech off that,” Howard said, sarcastically. “We just have to go play Guys know what’s at stake. We don’t need to have a motivational speech to get these guys motivated. We should already be motivated. We understand what we need to do tonight. I don’t think a motivational speech or a motivational song is going to do it.”
Well, Howard decided to do it anyway. A few camerman playfully cajoled Howard into giving a mock motivational speech to them. Howard immediately broke into character as a warrior from the movie “300″ clenching both his muscles and his lower jaw.
“Listen, they don’t think we can do it,” Howard said as he paced in front of a few cameraman. “It’s 300 of us against all the Persians! We have to come out tonight. We got to look death in the eyes and say we don’t care if we die! We go hard!”
Howard then starting mentioning members of the Lakers, including himself.
“Kobe is watching us at home,” Howard said. “Dr Buss is watching us up high! Let’s let it out tonight! Everything we got! Everything! Leave it on the floor! Pau, put your big boy pants on! Dwight, hit your free throws! Jodie, hit those threes boy! Now let’s get it! Now let’s bring it in! Hoorah!”
With that, Howard headed toward the trainer’s room. He has a game to play.
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