It seems like a long time since Dwight Howard was a beloved slam-dunk champion. Since those glory days, he’s suffered a major back injury, killed the career of Stan Van Gundy, and forced his way out of Orlando via a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers. That year didn’t go so well, both for the Lakers and for Dwight Howard. Now, he’s looking to get a fresh start and figure out a new way to make his basketball career. That new start just happens to be in one of America’s largest cities. Dwight Howard has signed with the Houston Rockets.
The Lakers are the ones who gave the news away with a statement released Friday night: “We have been informed of Dwight’s decision to not return to the Lakers. Naturally we’re disappointed. However, we will now move forward in a different direction with the future of the franchise and, as always, will do our best to build the best team possible, one our great Lakers fans will be proud to support.”
The statement was quickly confirmed on Twitter by Howard and Rockets GM Daryl Morey, some five hours after Howard’s representatives leaked the news of Howard’s trip to Texas. Houston was one of the teams that wanted Howard the most during his Orlando days, so it’s nice to see that they got their wish eventually. Here’s hoping they get Orlando Howard, not LA Howard.
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