Howard focusing on happy times he spent in Orlando
Dwight Howard is only thinking about the happy times he spent
with the Magic as has he prepares to return to Orlando for the
first time since his drama-filled offseason departure.
The Los Angeles Lakers center upset Magic fans and some of his
former teammates last week when he appeared to criticize them
during a television interview. He said after the Lakers morning
shoot around that he’s ready to move beyond that and the
circumstances surrounding his trade this past summer.
”All that stuff is over with now. Today is a new day,” he
said. ”Whatever happened in the past, I’m gonna leave it behind
me. Like I said, I have nothing but love for the fans here. They
treated me well. It didn’t end right, it didn’t end the way we all
wanted it to end. But I’m in a better place, and everybody has to
The Magic host Los Angeles Tuesday night in a game that the
Lakers need to stay in position to make the Western Conference
Howard said he’s reached out to former Magic teammate Jameer
Nelson to clarify his comments from the television interview, but
that they have yet to speak.
Asked about the current state of their friendship, Nelson
indicated Tuesday that it is a work in progress.
”You make friends in the course of your life, that’s on the
court and off the court, and some of them stick in your life and
some of them don’t,” Nelson said. ”We still have a lot of life to
live and hopefully we can be friends after basketball.”
Nelson said that he told Dwight from the beginning of his stay
or go drama last season to make a decision for himself and his
family and that ”whatever decision it was to stick with it and
move forward, and I always wished him the best.”
Howard said he doesn’t know what kind of reception he’ll get
Tuesday from the Amway Center crowd.
But he said his message to them, though, is clear.
”I came here a boy and I left a man and it made me a better
person,” Howard said. ”Thanks to the people that supported me,
even throughout the bad times.”
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