Mitch Kupchak Believes Dwight Howard Will Enjoy Los Angeles

Mitch Kupchak Believes Dwight Howard Will Enjoy Los Angeles


Everyone knows that as of this point, the Los Angeles Lakers only have Dwight Howard for one season. Even though Howard never said he will stay long-term in Los Angeles, the Lakers decided to carry on with the blockbuster trade. The Lakers gave away the promising Andrew Bynum in the deal, without any real guarantee that Howard will remain with the franchise in the long-run.

However, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak believes his newest center will fit just fine in Los Angeles. Howard did not sign an extension, but Kupchak told Sports Illustrated that he is confident that the big man will want to stay in Los Angeles after going through a full season with one of the greatest franchises in the NBA.

“Our feeling all along has been to just get him here and we’re comfortable that after being in Los Angeles for a year, hopefully winning a lot of games, contending for a championship, being exposed to our fan base — which, quite frankly, goes way beyond Southern California,” Kupchak said. “We go into New York or Charlotte or Utah or Phoenix, and there are always two or three thousand fans there wearing Lakers gear.

The Orlando Magic were nowhere close to winning an NBA championship and the city of Orlando does not offer the same glamor as Los Angeles. The Lakers are now one of the favorites to win the 2013 title and that is something which will surely intrigue Howard. The Magic had one magical run to the Finals, but ever since then, Howard has not had a chance to win the ultimate prize.

And then there is the luxurious lifestyle of Los Angeles. Southern California is a tourist hotspot and people dream of living under the sun and enjoying the surplus of attractions. Howard is now one of the biggest stars in Los Angeles and that is something that he can surely get use to. Orlando is a nice city, but it is nothing compared to Los Angeles. The Magic are a solid team, but they certainly reached their full potential with Howard.

“I just think that he’ll feel that this is a special place, that the lifestyle will suit him. It’s a big enough town where you can’t be the sole celebrity, but there are so many Lakers fans here that you don’t lose your celebrity. You can still feel special in a city this big. That’s our approach, and a year from now we’ll see where we stand.”

Howard is a character on and off the court and he always enjoys shining under the spotlight. There are always a plethora of Hollywood stars sitting court-side at Staples Center, and they’re all there to see Howard play. Not many arenas can offer such a thing and there may be times when Howard gets a little starstruck.

So even though the Lakers are still without a starting center for the 2013-14 season, the franchise is hoping it can convince Howard to stay in the City of Angels.

  • Texasprincesexy_2007

    My fellow Laker Fans I would not worry to much about Howard leaving L.A and one of the reasons why is because it’s ” L.A ” … Years ago when Kobe was thinking about leaving you seen the Job that Mitch Kupchack done and I expect him to continue to do great works and wave the Magic Wand when Dwight is the face of the Franchise to bring in some great talent and make some great moves … D-12 is a great personality and player so even though I am a “Huge Kobe Fan ” I think that more players would like to join the Lakers for a chance to play in L.A and with Dwight Howard compared to the Free Agents who wanted to come here to play along side Kobe Bean Bryant !! So let the Worries go and get ready for a great future .. Also on a side note when D-Will was asked about Dwight going to join him in Brooklyn his comment was that ” He got tired of the whole Dwight thing ” And he is comfortable with the team he has there now so D-12 might not take that in to be Kind Word’s . D-12 is staying for sure !!!

  • Colo Maldonado

    Lakers for Life….

  • Crystal

    I think he’ll stay. LA is a great city and the Lakers franchise does what it takes to win the ultimate prize. I definitely see him staying in the long run. :)

  • galy

    I already called Directv & the guy at the end of the line didn’t know anything about how is going to be with the Lakers telecast, through Time Warner.
    It is almost hee, the inaguration of the Pre-season?

  • Sammie

    you got to be crazy to leave a big market city like L.A., Dwight will love it here no matter what

    • Philpharoah

       Gotta agree.

  • bobbarker

    “The Orlando Magic were nowhere close to winning an NBA championship”

    Wow, way to stay objective… The Orlando magic were in the Finals, the Eastern Conference finals the next year, and would have been a dark horse contender this past year had Howard not wrecked his back.  I’m glad you guys “reloaded” and all, and even though you understandably have been conditioned to feel superior to the rest of the league, lets try to maintain some perspective.