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Dwight Howard still sounds like guy staying in LA

Dec 3, 2012, 8:46 AM EDT

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Dwight Howard’s arrival in Los Angeles has stumbled out of the gate on the court — missed training camp due to back surgery recover, missed free throws, missed opportunities.

But he still sounds like a happy guy. One who isn’t going anywhere.

Dwight Howard will be a free agent this summer but pretty much everyone around the league expects him to re-sign with the Lakers. And from what he told Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLA.com.

“From one to 10? I’d give it a good 12. I love it. It’s been a lot of fun,” Howard said. “Just everything here, from the practices, the motivation of everybody here is championship, that’s what we need…

“I like the direction we’re headed. We’ve had some tough losses but we’ll learn and we’ll grow from it. We’re going to stick together.”

Honestly, wherever Howard landed he was likely to stay. Even Houston, which he said he didn’t want to go to. The bottom line is after the PR disaster of how he left Orlando he didn’t want to go into a free agent bidding war and damage his reputation more.

But landing in Los Angeles — a major media market with the off the court opportunities he wants and for a franchise that traditionally is one of the top in the NBA — makes it easier. He’s not going anywhere next summer.

So now he can focus on shoring up that Lakers defense, which was ugly against Orlando.

  1. magicbucs - Dec 3, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    He said he was staying in Orlando too. You can’t believe anything he says.

    • bozosforall - Dec 3, 2012 at 9:48 PM

      Poor magic bung…he is so bitter from being rejected by every guy who has had one night stands with him. And there are plenty.

  2. chargerdillon - Dec 3, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Dwight Howard is the single reason the Lakers cannot get nor maintain a lead.

    Hack-a-Dwight is twice as effective as hacking Shaq was, because Dwight isn’t half the offensive presence Shaq was.

    Why D’antoni is sitting Pay and not Dwight in the 4th quarters is beyond me. Dwight is single handedly killing the Lakers.

    For every dominant game he plays to a Lakers win, he plays two where they hack him, he misses free throws, and offensively doesn’t do enough.

    Don’t blame the coach, don’t blame the GM. Blame Dwight and the fact every other NBA team knows how to beat the Lakers with him on the court

  3. sportsnut101 - Dec 3, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    First who cares.

    He should have 25 pts. 15 rebounds n 3 blocks a night. He’s to good. N he’s to quick for most centers

    Kobe said on espn gasol must adjust. Pls Kobe adjust ur game let the bigs score in the first 3 qtrs n u just take over in 4th.

    Stop ball hogging.

  4. misterdreamer119 - Dec 3, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Paint your face clown.

  5. paulwoodsby - Dec 4, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    But will L.A. want him back next year?

  6. omniusprime - Dec 4, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Sounds good that Howard wants to stay with the Lakers for the long haul. Bet he’s impressed by all those championship banners and trophies. What the Lakers and Howard need now is a great coach who can win championships, like Phil Jackson.

    Fire Dumbtoni!!! We Want Phil!!!

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