Report: Dwight Howard always had good relationship with Jeanie Buss despite leaving LA on bad terms with some people
Dwight Howard always had a good relationship with Los Angeles Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss despite leaving Los Angeles on bad terms with some people in the organization, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.
The Lakers are considering signing Howard after losing DeMarcus Cousins to an ACL tear. Howard played one season with the Lakers. That was back in 2012-13. He left LA for the Houston Rockets in the summer of 2013.
As @VeniceMase and I discussed the other day on @ESPNLosAngeles … Dwight may have left town on bad terms with some in LA. But he always had a good relationship with Jeanie Buss. Remember, Jeanie and Phil tweeting at him during the recruiting process.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) August 18, 2019
Dwight Howard didn’t have a positive relationship with Kobe Bryant or Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni. No longer a superstar in the NBA, Howard is said to be willing to play any role the Lakers have for him. The eight-time All-Star would be the backup center to JaVale McGee if he is signed by the Purple and Gold.
Howard averaged 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds in 76 regular season games for the Lakers while shooting 57.8 percent from the field. LA was swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the 2013 playoffs.
Last season with the Washington Wizards, Howard played in just nine games. He underwent a lumbar microdiscotemy in November. Howard put up 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds with Washington, who traded the 33-year-old to the Memphis Grizzlies this summer. The Grizzlies are expected to waive Howard soon.