Dwight Howard opts to join Lakers in Orlando restart
After seemingly hinting that he won’t be with his teammates in Orlando, Los Angeles Lakers big man Dwight Howard announced that he’ll join the Purple and Gold in the NBA restart.
Howard shared the news on CNN with anchor Don Lemon. He noted that he will donate his game checks to his non-profit campaign, Breathe Again. The Lakers big man also highlighted the team’s “great opportunity” to win the title this year.
Here’s Dwight Howard saying he plans to join the Lakers in Orlando, but says he’ll continue to push his initiative, ‘Breathe Again.’ Dwight says he’s gonna use his paycheck to help push the initiative and the movement. pic.twitter.com/H726ZsXCxP
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) July 7, 2020
Earlier, Howard seemed to indicate that he might not suit up for the Lakers in the team’s eight regular-season games and the postseason in Orlando. According to him, basketball may serve as a distraction from what’s going on in the U.S. for the past few months.
The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers last May sparked nationwide protests. Dwight Howard was among the many NBA players who have shared his thoughts on the matter.
Dwight would later backpedal from his earlier statements, noting that it’s ultimately the choice of the player whether to join the bubble or not. This subsequently eased the worries of Lakers fans since it implied that Howard might indeed play.
Howard has been one of the key big men of the Lakers, especially on defense. Along with Anthony Davis and JaVale McGee, Howard helped the Purple and Gold franchise rank third on defense. This season not just marked Dwight’s second stint in LA, but also a rejuvenation of his career.