Dwight Howard can’t handle Los Angeles. That’s why he doesn’t want to comeback to play for the most prestigious sports organization in the U.S.: the LA Lakers.
Howard loves living in LA for many reasons: 1) weather, 2) his girlfriend lives here, 3) Hollywood, 4) lifestyle, 5) etc. I mean, the list of reasons could go on and on.
I sat down and thought about this for quite some time, and I figured out the top 5 reasons why Howard can’t handle LA.
5. Mike D’Antoni: Oh, that same excuse of “I don’t like this coach.” How typical of Howard. He hasn’t directly said that of D’Antoni, but it’s a given because of all the media outlets reporting Howard doesn’t like D’Antoni’s coaching system. First of all, D’Antoni actually showed improvement over the last portion of the season. D’Antoni was willing to adapt to the style of play of his players. Gradually, he placed an offensive system that could benefit the entire squad. With one full training camp, D’Antoni and the Lakers could blend very well together. Their problem was defense all along…something Howard should have led from the beginning by protecting the paint.
4. Same Road As Shaq: We all know former Lakers’ center Shaquille O’Neal has been rather critical of Howard. In brief, Shaq’s pretty much said Howard can’t handle being next big man of the Lakers. And this is something that Howard obviously wants to avoid. When Shaq became a free agent for the first time after his rookie contract was up with the Orlando Magic, he immediately signed with the Lakers. The rest, as we know, is history. Howard simply doesn’t want to take the same road Shaq did years ago. Howard can’t handle that road.
3. Kobe Bryant: Howard respects Kobe, but he can’t handle playing with him. It’s not because this is still Kobe’s team or due to the fact that Kobe might not be the most easy-going player to play with. Rather, this surrounds the evident: Kobe strives to win every game at any cost, and he pushes and pushes his teammates all the time. Believe or not, Howard can’t handle that. Kobe’s the ultimate competitor; Howard’s not.
2. Purple and Gold: Since the Lakers moved to LA in 1960, they’ve been nothing else but professional and classy with regard to basketball. Arguably, they’re the most accomplished and recognized basketball organization throughout the world. Playing with the Lakers is a little too much Howard. And the mere fact that he’s contemplating leaving the team means the Lakers should just let him walk away.
1. Pressure: As soon as he signs that contract (which he most likely won’t) with the Lakers, there’ll be pressure on him to deliver championship after championship. That’s what the Lakers want. That’s what the fans desire. That’s what LA needs.