- Patrick Peterson ‘having fun’ with Richard Sherman feud
- Raiders training camp 2014: line of scrimmage a focus
- Raiders training camp 2014: Dennis Allen in ‘love’ with his quarterbacks
- NFL training camp 2014: Tony Bergstrom ready to meet expectations
- NFL training camp 2014: Raiders have an admirer in Justin Tuck
- Dwight Freeney, Chargers’ linebackers look to improve pass rush in 2014
- Byron Scott has offer to coach Lakers, per report
- Chargers training camp 2014: Brandon Flowers ready to blossom with new team
- Raiders cut veteran Kevin Burnett
- Chargers open training camp on competitive note
Dwight Howard signs with Houston, Lakers’ healing process begins
- Updated: July 6, 2013
Dwight Howard made his decision to leave the Los Angeles Lakers via free agency and sign with the Houston Rockets official on Friday night:
I’ve decided to become a member of the Houston Rockets. I feel its the best place for me and I am excited (cont) http://t.co/h8WK4yP3zB
— Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) July 6, 2013
Nothing stings like getting burned the way Lakers fans did when the big man decided to spurn the Lakers for greener pastures, and at the very least now the healing can begin.
Lakers fans expect a lot from their stars — undying loyalty, championship-caliber basketball year after year and the ability to do it all with intense scrutiny. Howard couldn’t handle all of those things, and he showed as much by taking the easy route by joining forces with James Harden and a crop of hungry young talent poised to take the next step forward under head coach Kevin McHale.
Who’s to blame in the loss of Howard? Really, no one, because the Rockets and general manager Daryl Morey strategically positioned themselves to be in great position to attract a player of Howard’s caliber. They acquired James Harden via trade, drafted Chandler Parsons and added a global icon in Jeremy Lin, all factors that helped court the All-Star.
As much as Lakers fans want to play off the notion that Howard is one of the league’s best players, the fact is that only one player averaged over 17 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots over the course of the 2012-13 season. He did so while hurt, and now the Rockets will reap the rewards of a fully healthy and motivated Superman.
It’s enough to drive any Purple-and-Gold fan to the brink of tears, but like so many other painful aspects of sports, this too, shall pass and the Lakers can begin to mend their broken hearts and egos.
It’s all part of the process.
Photo Credit: Stephen Dunn / Getty Images
Latest posts by Michael C. Jones (see all)
- Patrick Peterson ‘having fun’ with Richard Sherman feud - July 31, 2014
- Byron Scott has offer to coach Lakers, per report - July 25, 2014
- Angels acquire Huston Street from Padres - July 19, 2014