(NEW YORK) — Los Angeles Lakers brought in an all-star center in Dwight Howard during the offseason in what was the biggest NBA move of the summer.
Howard has been criticized since; critics pointing towards him following the footsteps of former Magic center Shaquille O’Neal, who also made a home in Los Angeles. But Howard isn’t worried about that.
“I don’t have any regrets, you know. I think everything happened the way that it was meant to happen,” Howard said Saturday in an interview with ESPN’s Ric Bucher. “I really just wish some of the lies and some of the things being said didn’t come out the way it did, you know.
“But I have an opportunity to do something great here in L.A, and I can’t look back and think about everything that’s behind me.”
Howard’s long-term future remains uncertain, but he is a resident of Los Angeles for now.
It took four teams, 11 other players and five draft picks for the Magic to finally trade Howard, a player they drafted in 2004. But Howard says nobody’s perfect.
“And it was a tug of war between my feelings and the fans and everybody else and their feelings and what happened to LeBron. And I saw him — everybody hated him for leaving Cleveland and what he did,” Howard said of LeBron James’ free-agent move from the Cavaliers to the Heat in 2010. “I never wanted anybody to hate me, you know. I wanted everybody to love me, you know, like me, for sticking around and doing what they wanted me to do. And making everybody else happy. And that was a valuable lesson for me, you know.”
Howard will be a part of a starting Lakers’ star-powered lineup that features Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, and Pau Gasol to go along with Metta World Peace.
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