Hakeem Olajuwon is sticking with his belief Dwight Howard will re-sign this summer with the Los Angeles Lakers. If Howard is thinking differently, Olajuwon figures Howard will let him know.
In a phone interview with FOX Sports Florida, Olajuwon, a Hall of Fame center, said Howard told him in the summer of 2011 he wanted out of Orlando after eight seasons primarily due to how he was being used by then-Magic coach Stan Van Gundy and that he wanted to end up with the Lakers.
That, of course, is what eventually happened. Howard, who asked to be traded, was dealt last August to the Lakers. But things haven't turned out well. The center has struggled at times while recovering from back surgery and has missed six games in the past month due to shoulder injury.
The Lakers are just 23-27 and in jeopardy of missing the playoffs, especially after having just lost forward Pau Gasol for at least six weeks due to a foot injury. They play at Miami on Sunday, when Howard is expected to make ...