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.