Skip to content

Josh Smith says he expects his friend Dwight Howard to stay in L.A.

Mar 4, 2013, 12:47 PM EDT

Josh Smith, Dwight Howard AP

It doesn’t make for great talk radio or arguing talking heads on television, but the smart money has always been that Dwight Howard will re-sign with the Lakers this summer (he is an unrestricted free agent). The Lakers can offer the most money, Howard likes living in Los Angeles and it would be another blow to his already-damaged image to walk away from the big stage (you can hear the cries of “he’s soft, he can’t handle it” already).

But don’t take my word for it, ask Hawks forward Josh Smith.

Smith is one of Howard’s best friends in the league and he told Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News he thinks Howard stays put.

“I can’t pick his brain and be in his head but to me, I don’t see him going anywhere,” Smith said before the Lakers hosted the Hawks at Staples Center. “It would be a shock to me.”

Why?

“Dwight is a loyal athlete and loyal person,” Smith said. “He’s not a quitter and doesn’t run from situations. That’s why I believe with this franchise and the way he’s talked so well about it, I can’t see him going anywhere.”

Fair or not, true or not, if Howard left the Lakers this summer to play for Houston or Dallas or any other team he would be called a quitter for leaving the franchise of Mikan, Kareem, Wilt and Shaq.

And him leaving seems even less likely after the Lakers recent run of play. They may make the playoffs, but even if not they have started to figure out an identity as a team, and a healthier Lakers with a full training camp (and a few more athletes after a Pau Gasol trade) could go back to being a title threat next season.

It’s not sexy, but he’s not going anywhere.

Free agent Josh Smith on the other hand… he is going to get a huge paycheck from someone this summer and it will not be Atlanta.

Latest Posts
  1. Hawks unimpressive, but pull away late for Game 2 win over Wizards

    May 5, 2015, 11:04 PM EDT

    cd0ymzcznguwzdbhnduynddiytjhm2yyzthlmtjjotqwyyznptaxzmmwmdk5ywzmmjhkzgq0otk2zwnjmju2mtc4mza4 AP

    John Wall was a late scratch, but Washington remained within striking distance for most of the contest.

  2. Mike Conley playing Game 2 against Warriors tonight

    May 5, 2015, 9:32 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Golden State Warriors - Game One Getty Images

    Grizzlies point guard says foot injury still bothering him

  3. John Wall out for Wizards-Hawks Game 2 tonight

    May 5, 2015, 7:18 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks - Game One Getty Images

    Huge loss for Washington to put it lightly

  4. PBT Extra: Will Doc Rivers sit Chris Paul in Game 2?

    May 5, 2015, 4:45 PM EDT

    Chris Paul AP

    The Clippers are playing with house money after Game 1.

  5. John Wall, Bradley Beal both expected to play in Game 2 for Wizards vs. Hawks

    May 5, 2015, 1:50 PM EDT

    NBA Play-offs. Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors Getty Images

    Wall suffered a wrist injury and Beal suffered an ankle injury in Washington’s Game 1 win.

  6. Isiah Thomas named president, part-owner of WNBA’s New York Liberty

    May 5, 2015, 1:10 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks Getty Images

    Thomas cost the Knicks $11.6 million following a sexual harassment lawsuit in 2007, so putting him in charge of a women’s team seems like an odd choice.

  7. Blake Griffin put up historically-great numbers in Clippers’ last two victories over Rockets and Spurs

    May 5, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Houston Rockets - Game One AP

    Griffin became the first player to notch back-to-back playoff triple-doubles since …

  8. Report: Spurs may look to trade Tiago Splitter

    May 5, 2015, 11:50 AM EDT

    2014 NBA Global Games - Berlin Getty Images

    San Antonio needs to find ways to create cap space this summer.

  9. Report: Bulls management ‘can’t wait to rid itself’ of head coach Tom Thibodeau

    May 5, 2015, 11:10 AM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau AP

    The chatter continues, but what if Chicago makes it to the Finals?

  10. Kyrie Irving hits two tough reverse layups in Cavaliers’ Game 1 loss to Bulls (VIDEO)

    May 5, 2015, 10:30 AM EDT

    Kyrie Irving AP

    Kyrie finished with a game-high 30 points, and these were two of his most difficult shots.

Featured video

Stephen Curry is a different kind of MVP
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. M. Conley (5682)
  2. K. Love (4570)
  3. C. Paul (4122)
  4. J. Smith (3600)
  5. K. Durant (3371)
  1. R. Rondo (3318)
  2. K. Bryant (3208)
  3. C. Parsons (3101)
  4. P. Beverley (3012)
  5. A. Varejao (2849)