-- An image Los Angeles Lakers fans have been dreaming of for two years finally became a reality Friday night as Dwight Howard held up his newly minted Lakers jersey for the first time at the team's training facility. I'm just happy to be here and I'm going to make the best out of it."It took four teams, 11 other players, five draft picks and countless rounds of talks over many months, but the Magic decided the time was right to start over without the NBA's best center and end a saga that has dogged the franchise for what seems like an eternity."Are we taking a step back?
Sitting on the Lakers' practice court with 10 Larry O'Brien trophies staring down at him from Lakers executive vice president Jennie Buss' office and 12 championship banners and eight retired jerseys surrounding him on the walls, Howard quickly was introduced to the expectations that now will be placed on him before he even addressed the media."There's been a lot of speculation regarding Dwight being traded for the last six to eight to 10 months to a year," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. And we're hopeful that 10 years from now, we can add a jersey to that wall over there that says Dwight Howard."There's no question the ordeal took longer than Howard, the Orlando Magic and everyone involved would have liked, but Howard finally got his wish to be traded from the Orlando Magic on Friday. It was like the Mount Rushmore (of Lakers centers) and they had all those guys up there and said, 'Will he join the list of heads with the Lakers greats.' I want to be great in my own right. Absolutely, we are," Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said. Olympic team that advanced to the final of the London Games on Friday -- to the Denver Nuggets."I know my best basketball is ahead of me," Iguodala wrote on Twitter.
We know she appeared on VH1’s Basketball Wives, but we’re guessing she didn’t make nearly that much money…Dwight Howard’s ex girlfriend, and mother of his child, Royce Reed was a dancer for the Magic during the 05-06 season when the two met.
While it violated the sometimes-written, sometimes-unwritten code of player/cheerleader relationships, it clearly advanced beyond casual dating.
His 8.5 field goal attempts per game were the fewest he has averaged since his rookie season with the Orlando Magic. Redrowdies thank you for being loud and proud at all the home games but also on the road.
UPDATE: Dwight Howard actually ended up suing Royce Reed for .2 million, 0 for every time that remarks that Royce made, termed “Dwight Bashing”, were viewed online.Howard is highly religious as evidenced by many interviews and quotes.He once said he wanted to put a cross into the NBA logo. It was a beautiful surprise, though.”This happiness didn’t last long as Reed ended up taking Howard to court in April, 2008 for child support.The Knicks have already invested a four-year contract into big man Robin Lopez, who played a major role on the team this year.There is at least one team likely out of the running for Dwight Howard.Howard has also made friends with ex-girlfriend/baby mama Hope Alexa.