(LOS ANGELES) — Looking back on a tumultuous season for the Los Angeles Lakers, point guard Steve Nash said what everyone already knew, Dwight Howard never wanted to be a Laker in the first place.
“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,” Nash told The Mason & Ireland Show on ESPN LA 710 radio. “So, we wish him the best and move on.”
Howard announced last week that he would be signing with the Houston Rockets for four years and $88 million. He left $30 million on the table when he decided to bolt Los Angeles.
Nash was brought in to try and convince Howard to stay with the Lakers. Heading into the meeting, neither he or teammate Kobe Bryant were optimistic Howard would resign.
“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,” Nash said.
It turns out that the Lakers did not have much of a chance to keep Howard, and they are now prepared to move forward without one of the NBA’s best big men.
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