Dwight Howard used to play in the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2012 NBA season. Since then, he has changed a few teams, landing on the Memphis Grizzlies earlier this year.
According to recent reports, Howard is interested in re-joining the Lakers as he and his agents have reached out to the team. However, the team is reportedly not interested in acquiring Howard again. Howard had an inconsistent season last year due to injuries and averaged 12.8 points along with 9.2 rebounds per game.
After spending five seasons with the Washington Wizards, the team decided to trade Howard to the Grizzlies. He talked about his journey in the league with The Athletic recently, explaining:
“I don’t have an ego — it’s dead. It had to die for me to be who I am. Sometimes when you want to become who you want to be, you have to die within yourself. Once you learn that you have to give up yourself for the team, that’s when things flourish.
“I had a conversation with someone, and he said, ‘To be honest, man, I always thought you had a chance to be one of the best players to ever play, and still do. But I don’t think you’ve been focused.’ I started to sit back and think about what that meant. I thought I was focused. I was always in the gym, working. But was I really focused? Was I really locked in on what I was doing in life?
“It took a while to see that when I was that guy. I was that main dude for a long time. Now it is about whatever it takes. I thought I had that mindset, but I didn’t have it like I do now.”
Howard also talked about his wishes from a new team:
“I want to be whatever a team needs me to be. I’ve played in every situation so far. I used to really hate how Draymond (Green) plays, but what I noticed watching him during these playoffs was that he does everything for the team. He’s everywhere. He’ll get a tech, he’ll take a charge, he’ll be everywhere on defense. He’s talking. He does everything. It doesn’t show up in the stat sheet, but it shows up in the mind of everyone watching. I want to be that person.”
We hope Howard has a good season with the Grizzlies this year.