Feb 24, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash (10) speaks with center Dwight howard and guard Kobe Bryant (24) during the game agains the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The Lakers beat the Mavs 103-99. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Did you really think news of Dwight Howard’s departure from the Los Angeles Lakers was over? Well good for you that you have us here to let you know all the happenings of D12, not really what we want to do but hey it’s a slow news day, cut us some slack.
With Howards’ departure more teammates have come out to talk some business about their former teammate. Please stand up, Steve Nash. Nash joined Steve Mason and John Ireland on ESPN Radio Los Angeles and discussed all things Dwight Howard.
“Ultimately, I think Dwight wasn’t comfortable here and didn’t want to be here, and if he didn’t want to be here, there’s no point for anyone in him being here. So we wish him the best and move on.”
I have to come to an agreement here and would too say that it did not seem that Dwight really did want to be in Los Angeles. Did anyone really and truly think this was going to work? I mean really. You are coming into a team that has the ego of one Kobe Bryant and hoping he would take a back seat to Howard coming into the mix, to make it work? To this day, I am still surprised that it worked with Shaquille O’Neal when he played for the Lakers, and we all know how that relationship was blossoming into a beautiful rose, I like roses. Okay, that is besides the point.
Nash went on to state that he [Howard] did not feel that he was being backed and supported by the media, and that is what he told them.
“I’ve heard he said to the media that he never quite felt embraced in LA, he never quite felt maybe supported,” Nash said. “Really just never quite felt comfortable at home, and I don’t know that that’s anybody’s fault.”
It is kind of a culture change when you are coming from a team like the Orlando Magic, where Howard excelled and was in talks as becoming one of the top big men in the league, and heading to the Lakers, the history between the two teams, a landslide to the Lakers. Los Angeles had many big men that have graced the purple and gold. He knew he had some big shoes to fill and frankly he did not.
Now he is “Houston’s Problem”. Frankly I think the change going back to a smaller market in Houston will fit Howard better. He will not have to be in the spotlight of “Hollywood”. He can go back to playing his style back when he was in Orlando.