It’s been a few days, but the decision made by Dwight Howard to join the Houston Rockets is still quite the popular buzz in the NBA–especially when considering he walked away from $30 million if he went back to the Los Angeles Lakers. In the end, the Lakers simply did everything in their power to convince Howard to come back to give it another shot at the title run, but Steve Nash said it best when describing the situation–basically saying that Howard never wanted to be there.
There’s a lot of pressure when it comes to playing for a team like Los Angeles considering they have one of the richest histories in all of sports and most players would do whatever it takes for a chance to play with a team like the Lakers. The fact that the organization was willing to go all out in just about every way possible shows how they strongly believed Howard was a key factor to this team making a championship run and it was quite a surprise to see him turn down an opportunity to play with a team consisting of Nash, Kobe Bryant, and Pau Gasol.
The main reason why Nash was willing to come to Los Angeles was because of the opportunity to make a championship run and he realized how the Lakers would be even stronger contenders next year with Howard on board. Nash did everything in his power along with the Lakers to convince Howard to give it one more shot, but just like the star point guard said–it was clear the center simply didn’t want to be there.