Brooklyn Nets (6-2) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (5-5)
This was not supposed to be the first time Dwight Howard and Deron Williams were supposed to share the court together. They were supposed to be in the same uniform, in fact, not opposite colors. That was the plan at least.
It was pretty clear from the moment Dwight Howard asked out of Orlando that he wanted to play with his good friend Deron Williams in New Jersey and help move the franchise to Brooklyn. Howard admitted he was afraid of moving to Los Angeles for fear of being compared too much to Shaquille O'Neal. Instead Howard hoped to set his own path and leave his mark in this new market with this new team.
With the gate clearly open for him to go to Brooklyn at least as a free agent, Howard still shockingly waived his early termination clause. He could no longer force his way to Brooklyn as the team had nothing enticing to offer Orlando. The Magic shipped him to the Lakers and that was that.