Dwight Howard has raised a few eyebrows over his NBA career. Usually, it’s in regards to his indecisiveness about where to play basketball. But now he’s really getting some attention because of his latest comments to USA Today. During a recent interview, Howard revealed that Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, inspired him to leave the Los Angeles Lakers.
This is not a joke:
“Alfred told him, ‘You have to endure it. You have to take it. People will hate you for it, but that’s the point of being a legend. You can be that outcast. You can make the choice that no one else can make, and that’s the right choice.’”
“Man, I want to be this legend, I want to be at the top. So I have to endure all that hate, all that criticism. I have to take it, and that’s what’s going to make me the person and the player I am.”
He added that he thought people weren’t going to look at the whole situation and that they’d just think he was running from the pressure of playing in L.A.
Well, he’s kind of right in his assessment. Many fans don’t look at the big picture and many also think he couldn’t handle the pressure of L.A. I’m certainly in the camp that thinks Howard was not cut out for life as a Laker, but I was also saying that two years ago before he went there. Deep down, the All Star center had to know that too.
I never understood his exit from Orlando. He was basically able to dictate where he would be traded and the Houston Rockets were an option at the time. However, he had no interest in playing there and it was also clear that his ‘dream’ of playing in Brooklyn wasn’t going to pan out. So by default, he ended up with the Lakers. It was a marriage that was doomed to fail from the start.
So as strange as it sounds, I’m glad that he finally came to that realization and went to a team that fits him. It’s weird as all heck that Alfred the butler was the one to get the point across to him, but hey, he’s been giving valuable advice to Bruce Wayne for years.