(NEW YORK) — With the NBA regular season set to begin in less than a week, Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard wanted to remind everyone of the drama and turmoil that occurred during his eventual trade.
While appearing on ESPN Radio In New York, Howard reiterated that all along he wanted to play for the Brooklyn Nets, but is happy to be a member of the Lakers.
“I did want to go to Brooklyn. That’s a place where I told the Magic that I wanted to go,” Howard said. “[But] I was traded to the Lakers, and I think it was a blessing in disguise.”
“I think there’s a reason why everything happened the way it happened. So far it’s been an unbelievable experience for me,” he continued. “It’s like a dream come true.”
Howard also apologized for how his trade demands played out in public for such a long period of time. He was rumored to be traded away in numerous deals before Howard was finally traded to the Lakers in a four-team deal.
The 26-year-old spent eight seasons with the Magic and won three staright Defensive Player of the Year Awards.
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