Quotes from Bryant to Howard include, "You need to learn how it's done first, and I can teach you here," and "Instead of trying to do things your way, just listen and learn and tweak it, so it fits you," witnesses tell Wojnarowski.
Bryant also made it clear that as much as the Lakers needed Howard, Howard needed the Lakers and Bryant to push him.
Even after tearing his Achilles late last season Bryant told Lakers reporter Mike Trudell he is confident he can play at a "high level" for three more years. His $30 million contract expires at the end of the upcoming NBA season.
Bryant also spoke of pushing and challenging Howard prior to the start of their first season together in Los Angeles.
His message to Howard has consistently been the same: Stick with me and learn what it takes to be a champion, and soon enough the city of Los Angeles will be yours.
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