On Nov. 7, the Los Angeles Lakers travel to Houston where they will face Dwight Howard for the first time since his departure. While one of the most anticipated matchups this season is only days away, the Houston Rockets are in Los Angeles on Monday to play the Los Angeles Clippers.
With Howard back in Los Angeles, all the talk at practice this morning was naturally about his decision to leave the Lakers. While Howard wanted to do what was best for him, he mentioned Lakers fans and how they don’t know what really happened behind closed doors via Lakers Nation:
"Fans are very passionate about their team, and unfortunately the Lakers have the most fans in the world," Howard said. "So, I think it's kind of a tough thing to let go and the way the season was last year, a lot of people don't know what really happened on the court or in the locker room. They just know what was being fed to them, and they made their decision based off that.
"But I'm pretty sure if any of those people had to make a decision in front of the whole world, they wouldn't know how to react or how to do it. It was a tough decision to make, but I think I did what's best for Dwight. Like I said, I'm in a very good place. These guys have been great since Day 1. Kevin has been amazing and I'm happy. I'm really happy."
Since his departure, Howard has frequently referred to himself in third person and while no one will ever know what happened in the locker room, it was clear on the basketball court that he was selfish. Despite all the injuries last season, Howard refused to accept his role and didn’t give the Lakers a true chance to compete for a championship.
While the Lakers may have taken a step back this season, the future is bright as they will have ample cap room starting this off-season to sign a true All-Star who can actually lead a team to a championship. It would have been ideal to re-sign a center who is in the prime of his career, but the problems would have continued to escalate for the remainder of his contract.
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