It doesn’t take a psychic to see that Dwight Howard isn’t happy in Los Angeles — and the Lakers aren’t exactly thrilled to have him in town and on the court (when he’s healthy enough to actually play), either. It’s easy to see that Howard won’t be with the Lakers much longer.
Even so, this new report from ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith is pretty surprising. Smith says that Howard has already begun openly talking — while wearing Lakers colors — about how he’ll be a member of the Brooklyn Nets next season.
Specifically, Smith reports that Howard told Rudy Gay, who was recently traded from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Toronto Raptors, that Gay should have waited to be traded until next year, so he could join him on the Nets. He allegedly made these comments during a game between the Lakers and the Raptors.
First, does Howard seriously not realize that players have absolutely no control over when and to whom they are traded? Howard hasn’t exactly demonstrated that he’s the smartest guy in the NBA, but that’s really basic stuff.
Second, is Howard actually brazen enough to openly speak about his post-Lakers career while he’s still wearing purple and gold? That’s downright traitorous.
Perhaps Howard is actually a lot smarter than we’re giving him credit for, and he knows very well what he’s doing. Maybe he doesn’t care how classless his comments are and he’s saying them with the goal of expediting his exit from Los Angeles — by any means necessary. If he keeps saying things like Smith alleges he did, he might get his walking papers in the very near future.