It’s been a long last few months for Dwight Howard. He’s been bombarded with questions about his free agency departure from LA, criticized for his decision, and then criticized some more. It’s been a never-ending process.
However, that could all end tonight when the Lakers and Dwight’s new-look Rockets finally reunite in their first of four regular season match ups.
[via USA Today]
“It’s not a reunion game,” Howard told USA TODAY Sports in a lengthy discussion in Portland, Ore., on Tuesday night. “What’s the reunion? I think people are making a big deal out of the whole situation. Yeah, I left the Lakers. Ok, I did what I had to do. This is my decision, and for me it’s another game. Half the guys on the team weren’t on the team last year anyway, so it’s really not like a reunion.”
Dwight just wants to get on with his life, career and this season. I think it’s time we all do — Lakers fans and Dwight Haters.
This feels a ton like when LeBron left Cleveland. Not exactly, but similar in the amount of “hate”. I still find it interesting that (some) Lakers fans — who were pretty defiant on the fact that they didn’t need/want Dwight to re-sign in LA — are still harking on the issue.
Either way, we should expect a whole lot of emotion in tonight’s game and I’m sure Dwight will get a huge lift from his Rockets faithful Should be fun.
“It’s time for everybody to get over it,” Howard continued. “It happened. It’s in the past. I’ve gotten over it. It didn’t work out (with the Lakers last season). The timing was off. It just wasn’t (there). Everybody was injured.
“People can say that I ran from the situation, that I couldn’t handle the pressure. But I think there’s more pressure coming here to win than there was in L.A., because I left the Lakers to come play for somebody else. So I’m supposed to feel like there’s more pressure to win now, because everybody is like, ‘He left the Lakers; can he win?’ And I’m like, ‘I’m happy. I’m going to win regardless.’ I think people just need to let it go, and if they don’t, then that’s on them. I’ve let it go. It’s in the past.”