It’s seems like every time Dwight Howard opens his mouth these days, the topic of him leaving the Los Angeles Lakers to sign with the Houston Rockets has been the focus. Howard says that he’s done talking about the Lakers, as he is set to face them Thursday evening in Houston:
“I don’t think there’s a need for me to continue to talk about the Lakers and what happened, Howard said. “I’ve done enough talking about it. It’s about Houston and what we’re trying to accomplish. I don’t think every discussion needs to be about the Lakers.”
Leaving Los Angeles wasn’t Howard’s only shaky break-up; he also forced his way out of Orlando just the year prior.
“Well, I was in Orlando for eight years, so it was a totally different situation,” Howard said. “What happened has happened. It’s over with. And I want to discuss our team and what we’re trying to accomplish.”
While the situation with the Lakers was indeed different than the Magic because Howard left L.A. as an unrestricted free agent, the manner in which he left both franchises raised questions about Howard’s loyalty and accountability, and for good reason. Howard allegedly said he wants to be the face of a franchise and not play second fiddle to Kobe Bryant, but Bryant is in the twilight of his career. The Lakers would have been Howard’s team. He instead chose to team up with James Harden, who is the unquestioned face of the Rockets.
It appears as if drama follows Howard wherever he goes, especially when the situation sours a bit, like the ones in Los Angeles and Orlando. At some point, the player has to stop pointing the finger at others like Kobe and Stan Van Gundy as the reasons his stints didn’t work out and accept that he’s just as much to blame as anyone. Until he does, the questions about his past situations will continue to follow him.
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