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Dwight Howard admits what everyone knew: He wanted to play for Brooklyn Nets

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

It's hardly earth-shattering news, since every reporter who ever attended an NBA game had written about it or talked about it or blogged about it or tweeted about it. Dwight Howard wanted to be traded to the Nets, then of New Jersey, now of Brooklyn.

Howard talked to Ryan Ruocco and Stephen A. Smith Thursday and was asked the inevitable question. He gave the expected answer. "I did want to go to Brooklyn. That's a place where I told the Magic that I really wanted to go," he told Ruocco and Smith on ESPN NewYork 98.7 FM. "[But] I was traded to the Lakers, and I think it was a blessing in disguise."

Then seemingly invoking a higher being (higher even that David Stern), Howard added, ""… I think there's a reason why everything happened the way it happened. So far it's been an unbelievable experience for me. … It's like a dream come true."

Howard also said he never thought a deal was close, a departure from reality considering that he killed a trade deadline deal that would have sent him to the Nets for Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, Marshon Brooks and four draft picks.

At another point in the interview, he said had "inspirational" talks with Chris Douglas-Roberts about how to be "iconic." Really, he said that.