The Los Angeles Lakers franchise suffered a major blow to their immediate with Dwight Howard deciding to leave town in favor of the Houston Rockets. During Lakers media day, Steve Nash was asked about Dwight Howard and the superstar center deciding to leave Los Angeles. Nash said the following on Sept. 28 via LakersNation.com:
“I think Lakers fans have such pride and passion for their team and the history of the club. I think in the end, Dwight didn’t want to be here. I think they were happy to move on. There’s a tremendous history here and the fans are incredibly passionate. I think they want people who are Lakers, who want to be Lakers. I think everyone kind of moved on.”
Clearly, Nash and the storied franchise are putting the Dwightmare behind them. Dwight showed no indication over the off-season that he’d return to Los Angeles and now will be considered public enemy number one when returning to face the Lakers at Staples Center in February.
Despite no longer being considered legitimate NBA title contenders or a serious force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference, the Lakers are heading into the preseason with an optimistic approach. A lot of uncertainty surrounds the Lakers franchise moving forward, but few of the players or coaches believe this team is done competing in the West.
It’ll be interesting to see how well this team does play moving forward if healthy. Kobe Bryant is attempting to return from the most severe injury of his career while Pau Gasol (knees) and Nash (hamstring) will likely head into the season opener against the Los Angeles Clippers at 100 percent. Only time will tell if this storied franchise is headed toward an extensive rebuilding process or if the Lakers can compete for one more season with three potential Hall of Famers leading the way.
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