Steve Nash feels that the newly acquired Houston Rocket Dwight Howard never really wanted to play in Los Angeles. Nash was on “The Mason and Ireland Show” on ESPN Radio yesterday sharing his thoughts the whole Howard fiasco.
On the radio show Nash said, “Ultimately, I think Dwight wasn’t comfortable here and didn’t want to be here and I think if he didn’t want to be here, there’s no point for anyone in him being here. So, we wish him the best and move on.”
There was a team wide push to get Dwight to stay. From players like Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash to monstrous billboards pleading for the big man to stay. Even with all the serenades and love being given to Howard, he opted for to play for the Rockets.
Nash continued to share his thoughts saying, “Frankly, I thought before the meeting, we didn’t really have a chance and I’d like to think that after the meeting we had a chance. Dwight had some issues with the season. I think it kind of basically goes with what he said to the media that he never quite felt embraced in L.A. He never quite felt supported. That’s basically it. I think in some ways you can read into that what you will, but I think he never quite felt comfortable at home and I don’t know if that’s anybody’s fault.”
Howard had many teams vying for him. There were multiple meetings with teams to entice the NBA center to sign with them. Those teams most notably in the running were the Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks.
One reason that Nash felt Howard left the Lakers was that Dwight had a difficulties assimilating with the team and had struggled to find his groove during the season. Howard had back surgery and also tore his labrum in his shoulder that forced him to miss a handful of games. The Lakers were plagued with injuries. Nash, Pau Gasol, and Kobe were just a few players to get injured last season.
Besides Howard’s injury, he felt as if Mike D’Antoni did not utilize him effectively in the Lakers offense. Nash gave his perspective saying,”He didn’t seem like he really wanted to do a pick-and-roll offense, maybe because he had run one in Orlando for so long and he wanted to get in the post more.”
D’Antoni and Howard did not have the best relationship and that was one reason why Howard left the Lakers. D’Antoni has been on the Lakers hot seat from the media, fans, and players like Howard. Many fans thought the Lakers should have brought back Phil Jackson. On Twitter Jackson seems to weigh in on every move that goes on with the Lakers.
Nash, who played with D’Antoni before, spoke about his coach “I think he’s a bright coach and I think he’s got a good touch with the team and I think depending on how this roster rounds out, I don’t mind Mike D’Antoni in an underdog situation when everybody’s kind of written him off.”
The good news for the Lakers is that the team is rid of the drama that surrounded the Dwight Howard saga. That being said there will always be drama surrounding the Lakers, but the spectacle will be less magnified with Howard out of the picture. The Lakers can get healthy in the offseason, regroup, and prepare for the next season.