ORLANDO FL - FEBRUARY 13: Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic drives against Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the game at Amway Arena on February 13 2011 in Orlando Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and or using this Photograph user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
At great risk of reopening old wounds and after careful consideration, we note that Dwight Howard offered commentary this weekend on what happened back in March when hours before he would likely have been traded to the Nets, he changed his mind, leading to all manner of weeping and gnashing of teeth here and elsewhere in Nets fandom.
"That was a team I wanted to go," Howard said of the Nets. "I felt like I could go there and write my own history. I was worried about what people would think. 'If you go to L.A. everybody's going to say you're like Shaq.' ... And now I'm at the point where, so what? Who cares what people say? This is my destiny, this is where I wanted to be, this is what I wanted to do with my life."
Howard, still recovering from herniated disk surgery that took place five months ago, won't be in the Lakers' starting line-up on Opening Night.
- Dwight Howard didn't want to be like LeBron James - Mark Medina - Los Angeles Times
Dwight Howard of Los Angeles Lakers -- 'I never wanted anybody to hate me' - ESPN Los Angeles - Ric Bucher - ESPN