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Dwight HowardIf you have been waiting for Dwight Howard to speak on his own behalf, using his own words, to discuss his upcoming free agency on July 1, today is your lucky day. After a couple of weeks of hearing and reading reports and rumors from “sources,” Dwight himself responded to all the talk and criticism of his upcoming big decision this summer.

Dwight conducted an interview with the Los Angeles Times T.J. Simers, and while he didn’t give any groundbreaking news regarding his free agency, the interview was quite interesting and gave us his perspective on the matter.

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So, how is Dwight approaching his free agency this summer? He said the following:

“It’s free agency and I have the opportunity to choose where I’m going to play,” he said. “God opens doors, and I’m relying on my faith to direct me.

“I don’t think it’s fair I get criticized for waiting on such an opportunity.”

But what does he want in a team?

“I want to win; I’ve done everything else,” he said. “I just want to win.”

Dwight now understands that he can’t please everyone, which is something he has struggled with in the past. So what changed?

“I can’t do it anymore,” he said. “I can’t please everybody.”

What prompted the change?

“When I came back from my shoulder injury, some didn’t think I was giving my all,” he said. “And nobody wanted to hear what I said about coming off back surgery. It wasn’t fair to me. I was on a walker and four months later playing basketball. I played hurt.”

While his production increased as his health improved last season, there seemed to be a disconnect with Howard. There have been multiple reports regarding his relationship with Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni and even reports (later refuted by Mitch Kupchak) that he expressed frustrations of D’Antoni to Kupchak. Howard was a little vague in his response to Simers asking if D’Antoni is a great coach.

“I love him,” he said. “He’s a great person.”

Is he a great coach?

“He’s a great person and I’m glad we had the opportunity to be together,” said Howard, which some will undoubtedly interpret as goodbye.

Despite the Lakers being able to offer Dwight the most lucrative contract as a free agent, being located in the second largest market in the United States that can offer endless opportunities for a player and being able to surround a player with the rich and successful tradition and history of the franchise, Dwight seems to be open and intrigued to what other teams have to offer, such as the Houston Rockets.

“I want to see what each opportunity offers,” Howard said. “I want to see how people plan on winning.”

What team will he view as the team that offers him the best chance of winning has yet to be seen. NBA free agency is about a month away, which means we have a month left of hearing speculation and reports of Dwight’s decision.

Therefore, it’s a nice change of pace when we hear from the actual player involved in all the talk. Although it is understandable for Dwight to take his time with his decision, come July 1, the quicker he makes his decision, the better for everyone involved.


In case you missed it, be sure to check out what Phil Jackson had to say about Mike D’Antoni.

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    Give 2 weeks to commit or trade him to Houston take what you can but no J Lynn 15 mil this yr is crazy leave Harden and Lynn and gut the team they would not trade Harden any way or move him to the East to the nets for lopez and shooters need trade pieces YOU HAVE TO BE AN IDIOT IF YOU THINK HE’S GOING TO STAY TAKE YOUR LOSSES AND MOVE ON FUCK HIM LAKERS4LIFE ALSO THE MAN HAS NO HEART !!!!

    • Chrmngblly

      How long did I tell everyone to trade the big whiner? Now we are stuck. There should be an allowance in the CBA so that a team that loses an asset in this way has an opportunity to use some per cent, say 90%, of the liberated salary on other talent. Otherwise, it could result in some of the best and most popular teams with the fans being gutted so Dan Snyder and a few little teams can make a big return on their piddling few million investment, How can that be a good thing for the league?
      This is the lone reason I would have hired Phil. He would have brought players to the Lakers. And, “Yes,” I would have let him bring back Brian Shaw as heir apparent. However self serving it may be to blame the dead, Jim Buss is the idiot in the room and should be blamed for this whole Brown/D’Antoni fiasco. Could Phil help now? Maybe. Mitch should at least hire him as a consultant. But we live or die over the Dwightmare II. Good job Jim.

  • common sense

    if things hold to form the 2013-3014 Lakers will be without dwight (who will leave for houston), with d’antoni (b/c the management can’t man up and admit a mistake), only sign players to vet minimum( which will be older players), and completely depend on Kobe, who is just trying to get healthy.

  • dj

    plss dont leave howard, :( stay as a laker! plss :(

  • NinjaBear

    What did the Lakers lose to rent Howard for a year? ANDREW BYNUM… what did the Lakers lose to rehabilitate Nash all year? 2 First Round picks and 2 Second Round Picks. How was getting Howard a loss?

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