Found December 02, 2012 on Fox Sports West:
Off the court, Laker center Dwight Howard is polite, soft-spoken and when hes not joking around, very thoughtful. He very rarelyif everrefuses to speak with the media - that makes him an anomaly in the world of professional sports. Naturally, with his former teamthe Orlando Magicin town to play the Lakers Sunday night at Staples Center, questions were asked about his emotions in going up against the organization he started withthen demanded to be traded from eight years later. At the time of his trade to the Lakers, Howard had an emotional time re-visiting his "Dwightmare" summer. Sometimes you have to leave things behind, he said at the time. If you really want to get somewhere, you have to get out of your comfort zone to get it. It was very tough to do, especially at a young age. "I want to be a champion and I want to be great, so I had to go out and get those things. A little over two months later, Howard softened his stance about the way things went down with the Magic. There are some things I could have done better; things that could have been done better on both sides, he told a group of reporters after Saturday afternoons practice. But in the end, we all learn and we have to move forward. Weve both learned valuable lessons, and I try to keep in touch as much as I can with (Magic owner) Rich DeVos and the DeVos family. I talked to Rich after the trade, and we both understand it was a decision that had to be made, and its over with now. Howard said that just because hes a Laker now doesnt mean he has to have any resentment toward his former team and teammates. Theres no need for me not to check up on the DeVos family and the team just because I dont play there anymore. I called Rich after he had a stroke and I plan to stay in touch with the DeVos family. But as a member of the Lakers now, he has one goal only Sunday nightputting another L in the Magic won-loss column. Its a little bit different, Howard said, but at the end of the day Ive got to go out there and do my job. Theres no need for me to go out there and be upset with those guys, act like I never knew those guys. Im just going to play. Theres parts of me that would like to be (angrier), but at the end of the day thats not going to make me better and its not going to make the situation better. It would just put a magnifying glass on it, and theres no need for all that. Howard also talked about the frustration that hes experienced during the Lakers slow start to the season, saying he expected all along that it would take time for the team to jell into a contender. Sometimes its frustrating, Howard said matter-of-factly, but like Ive been telling you guys, its going to be a process. We want to win a championship and were doing all of the things we need to do everyday when we come into the gym. Guys are here early; guys stay late, working on their shooting and their game. Those are all very positive signs for a team thats just come together. And while there have been a few setbacks, Howard doesnt regret his decision to force a trade to Los Angeles. Its been a lot of fun, he said. From 1 to 10, Id give it a good 12. Everybody here is about a championship. Thats what we base everything on. Everybodys pushing each other and thats great. We see championships and thats what were after. I love it. While he wouldnt answer any questions about re-signing with the LakersWere not going there he repeated a few times, it sounds like hes happy in purple and gold. Which is what the Buss family and Mitch Kupchak were counting on as a huge selling point when they do try to get him to stay with the Lakers next summer. And maybe they should warm up their pens. Seeing the Orlando uniform Sunday night might remind him just how happy he is to be in Los Angelesas a Lakerafter a Dwightmarish summer.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Dwight Howard won’t rule out leaving the Lakers to chase a championship

Dwight Howard ended up with the Los Angeles Lakers because that is where he wanted to be. It is generally assumed that Howard will sign an extension with the Lakers at the end of the season and become the next cornerstone of their franchise. Had L.A. thought Howard would stick around for a year and pack his bags in the summer of 2013, they never would have traded for him. While it...
FROM DOWNTOWN

Dwight Howard knocks down a three-pointer

Dwight Howard isn’t known for his skills on offense. It basically consists of being able to get the ball low on the block and dunking or performing the Mikan Drill. Howard is so bad as a shooter that he actually lost a FT and 3pt-shooting contest to the mascot for the Los Angeles Kings. Yes, [...]

Howard loves L.A., but won't commit to stay

Dwight Howard says he's happy with the Lakers. Very. But he won't commit to staying with them past this season. "We're not going to talk about it," he said Saturday. "We're not getting into that." He's sticking with the recent trend established by LeBron James, Chris Bosh and, this season, Chris Paul. Howard is another All-Star in the last...

Jameer Nelson On Dwight Howard: “He’s My Opponent And That’s It”

Jameer Nelson, who’s a game-time decision (tendinitis) vs. the Lakers, was asked at this morning’s shootaround what it will be like to see former teammate Dwight Howard play for the Los Angeles Lakers tonight. Playing alongside each other for eight seasons, Howard and Nelson were once close, and while the Magic point guard had nothing negative to say about Howard, he implied...

Dwight Howard hits 3-pointer, dominates Nuggets (Video)

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard hit his first three-pointer since the 2006-07 season in the final seconds of the Lakers 122-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets. Howard scored 28 points with 20 rebounds and three blocks while Antawn Jamison led the team in scoring with 33 points.   The Nuggets were led by Danillo Gallinari with 19 points while Denver's high energy Kenneth...
PAU RIGHT IN THE KISSER

Kobe Bryant rips Pau Gasol

The Lakers star apparently is extremely frustrated with his teammate, saying the following to reporters about Gasol: "Put your big boy pants on."

Magic Admit Win Over Lakers, Dwight Felt Special

The Magic defeated the Lakers by a final score of 113-103 in Dwight Howard's first game against his former team.

Dwight Howard loves Lakers but won't commit to stay

Dwight Howard said he's happy with the Los Angeles Lakers but wont commit to staying with the organization past this season. "We're not going to talk about it," Howard said Saturday to the Los Angeles Times. "We're not getting into that." Click Link To Read More! "This is a place that I've always prayed that I could be a part of something...

Starting 5: Mining for wins

Every morning, we will give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day. 1: When it rains, it pours It was a rough 48 hours for the Nuggets. First was the wild finish in Golden State that ended with Andre iguodala's shot falling after the buzzer. The next night was an absolute offensive onslaught from the Lakers. It is hard out there for a Nugget...

Lakers hits 17 3's, blow out Nuggets

By the time Dwight Howard stepped back and oh-so-coolly hit just the second 3-pointer of his entire career in the closing seconds, it didn't even seem weird to the Los Angeles Lakers. With so many unlikely numbers in improbable places on that bulging scoresheet, what was one last long-distance shot for a team that finally discovered its elusive rhythm? Antawn Jamison scored...

And, now we meet

Sunday is going to be a weird day for Magic fans. In one sense it will be extremely cathartic -- the object of hatred for much of the past nine months will be front and center on the TV screen. Venom can be unleashed on Twitter and schadenfreude (taking pleasure in other people's pain) can be expressed in a very real manner. Let's not even go into the feelings should...

Magic let it ride out West

A let down would have been understandable for the Magic as they traveled upstate from an emotional victory over the Lakers on Sunday night. Even Orlando fans might have excused it thanks to the gravity of what defeating Dwight Howard meant to a lot of fans. Jacque Vaughn though called it a "typical win." Again, it certainly was not that. But maybe it is becoming...

Starting 5: Satisfaction

Every morning, we will give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day. 1: Magic had something to prove Jameer Nelson was maybe the only guy willing to admit what Sunday's 113-103 win against Dwight Howard the Lakers actually meant. While Jacque Vaughn called it just another game and Glen Davis siad he was not worried about what Dwight Howard was...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.