He isn't the greatest leader to but say he has never motivated anyone? Seriously?
That is just incredibly neither here nor there. Irrelevant. You can't motivate someone who doesn't want to be motivated. The best motivation is self motivation. That is who motivates Kobe is himself. Kobe would not respond well if he had a prick of a player telling him to ****ing shoot it or rebound the ****ing ball. That isn't leadership. That is just being a jackass.
A LOT of this is because of losing to Boston in the 2008 Finals.
When he talks about running into a bus, that's the worst feeling for Kobe. He wants to win. He wants to be around winners. He might not be a great leader, but he knows he needs his guys to battle and fight, and that '08 Lakers team had Gasol being exposed by Perkins and Garnett, Vladimir Radmanovic and Odom unable to keep up with guys like Leon Powe having the game of his life in Game 2. The late, great PJ Brown had key plays for the Celtics that outhustled the Lakers. Even Sam Cassell, visitor from another galaxy, was able to outshine Farmar and Vujacic.
Kobe has to motivate Dwight. He sees the talent in him. He wants him to succeed as his teammate. He also doesn't want Dwight to be weak and soft and mentally not ready to dominate the court. NBA is cutthroat. It's no-boys-allowed, and that's what Kobe's trying to teach him. It's not about what Dwight is comfortable doing, like he says. It's about pushing himself to become great and Kobe isn't going to settle for any less. It's Kobe's way of trying to motivate him. He's doing whatever he can. He admitted that he feels like an idiot sometimes looking for Dwight in the post, but he's trying to build Dwight's confidence.
It's anybody's guess how this will all work out. Dwight's future is ultimately in Dwight's hands (and his camp people, God knows what they're telling him is his best interests).
Shaq did the same thing to Kobe, they hated each other. What did Kobe do? He ran to Jim Gray and talked sh*t about Shaq on television/media.
Now the shoe is on the other foot, Kobe wants to push Dwight's buttons and make him more fierce. Imagine if Dwight ran to the cameras and talked sh*t about Kobe chucking 20+ shots a game? Laker stans would be livid. Hypocrisy at it's finest.
"Wilt (Chamberlain), God bless him, was phenomenal, but he didn't have (the same edge). Russell and (those) guys win repetitive – (Michael) Jordan, Magic (Johnson), myself. You've got a little (expletive) in you. I want (Howard) to be great, so I'm trying to push him."