Dwight Howard could join the Los Angeles Lakers soon according to multiple reports.
Doesn’t mean some can’t think of his days with the Orlando Magic.
Fox Sports analyst, Rashad Phillips is based in Orlando and he remembers what Dwight was like. According to Phillips, Howard was on his way to having a statue constructed in his honor.
Phillips gave more detail to his assessment of players who remained with one team.
An 8-time NBA All-Star, Dwight Howard has averaged 17.4 points and 12.6 rebounds throughout his NBA career.
The first pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic, Howard, an Olympic gold medalist made a trip to the 2009 NBA Finals where the Orlando Magic were defeated by the Kobe Bryant-led Lakers.
Howard, 33, is looking to return to next NBA season injury-free.
Two seasons ago, Dwight Howard posted an impressive 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds with an impressive 55.5 percent field goal percentage.
“I think I’ve done an excellent job of playing basketball my whole life,” Howard told me in June.
“My resume is something that, you know, I don’t really have to speak for. I’m happy that I’ve had the opportunity to play basketball. So, I think I’ve done an excellent job of playing.”
Howard is a five-time All-Defensive team member, has won the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award three times and also took home the NBA Slam Dunk Contest crown.
His introductory press conference with the Washington Wizards last summer put his career into perspective.
“I learned Magic for eight years,” Howard said.
“Went to La-La Land. Worked for a while with Rockets. Learned to fly with some Hawks. Got stung by the Hornets. And it all taught me how to be a Wizard.”
>Dwight Howard joining the Los Angeles Lakers has picked up steam in the last 24-36 hours.
So much steam that the Memphis Grizzlies are granting the Los Angeles Lakers permission to speak with Dwight Howard according to NBA sleuth, Shams Charania.
While these are exploratory talks, other names that are of interest to the Lakers include Joakim Noah, Nenê & Kenneth Faried.
Injuries have been unkind to Dwight Howard.
Could you imagine a healthy Howard in today’s traditional center deficient NBA?
“Well, I mean, the game is different,” NBA insider, Chris Broussard told me on the Scoop B Radio Podcast.
“It’s darn near an entirely different game. You know, the three-point shot was not a big part of teams’ offenses. Scoring was much lower, the game was much slower, defense was much tougher. You could hand check, it was a lot more physical. When Jordan or anybody else drove to the lane, you could get hammered.”
According to NBATV’s Jared Greenberg, a high-ranking Lakers official shared with him that Anthony Davis will not play big minutes at the center position following Cousins’ injury.
At his introductory press conference, Davis let that be known.
“I like playing the four,” Davis said last month. “I’m not even going to sugar coat it. If it comes down to it, coach, and you need me to play the five, I’ll play the five.”
The injury to Cousins could not come at a worse time for the Lakers and Boogie. As a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, two seasons ago, Cousins suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon
Boogie posted 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists for New Orleans before suffering that setback in January.
The four-time NBA All-Star, who signed a one-year, $5.3 million deal to play for the Golden State Warriors last season, returned to the Warriors’ lineup in January and posted an impressive 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals in 30 regular-season games.
“It’s a team full of high IQs,” Cousins told me in September. “I believe everyone on our team has a very high IQ when it comes to the game of basketball. All of us know how to play the game of basketball.”
“We got guys with the same characteristics that– it’s like play-doh,” he told me. “You can mold them into whatever you want them to be.”
Cousins had never appeared in the NBA playoffs until this past season. Despite injuring his quad and missing 14 playoff games, Boogie did return to the Warriors lineup in time for the NBA Finals.