If there’s anyone who knows how Dwight Howard feels as he tries to revive his career with the Los Angeles Lakers, it’s Detroit Pistons guard and former NBA MVP Derrick Rose.
Prior to joining the Purple and Gold in the offseason, Howard admitted that he felt he hit rock bottom. After a slew of injuries that derailed his career, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year appeared to be on his way out of the league.
Fortunately, the Lakers gave him a chance. However, he is on a very short lease with the team and he needs to prove himself on the court if he wants to stay long-term in the City of Angels.
As Howard tries to save his career, Rose offered him a simple advice: be patient.
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Rose was named the youngest MVP in league history in 2011, but just like Howard, a multitude of injuries threatened to derail his career. D-Rose also nearly gave up on basketball in 2017 after apparently losing his love for the game.
However, the 30-year-old bounced back in 2018-19 with one of his finest seasons in years as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, one that earned him a contract with the Pistons this summer.
Rose mentioned that acknowledging his own quiet personality and staying within himself helped him to regain confidence. That said, Howard’s own personality is far more rambunctious.
The Lakers signed Howard with the caveat that he would be released if he disrupted team chemistry. The former All-Star may have to be more like Rose and stay within himself in order to bounce back and help his team win.