Dwight Howard Trade to Lakers Hasn't Hit NBA Superstar Even After Rumors End
Saturday, 11 August 2012 21:00 | Written by Chris Carter
While D-Howard rumors circulated around teams like the Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, and Atlanta Hawks, in the end just one team could get him. Who else would it be but the "Hollywood Lakers," a team famous for bringing in the biggest and best stars to play under the bright lights. Jack Nicholson and other big celebrity superstars sit courtside and pay big money to see the top talents bring in championship after championship. That's what they will be expecting from their newest talent, who won't be competing against Kobe anymore like he is in the picture shown.
That latest talent is Dwight Howard, NBA center extraordinaire. He's given his services for years to the Orlando Magic, and while entering the NBA Finals just once, he now has a chance at his first title with the Lakers. He's joined by Steve Nash who also recently was brought in to the organization, and of course Kobe Bryant. It makes for a triple threat that will give the OKC Thunder and Miami Heat some serious issues, among every other team in the league.
While the Dwight Howard trade is official, it's still sinking in for the newest star in Los Angeles:
"It's kind of unreal. It finally happened. It's here. Just walking around upstairs and driving here ... I'm really a part of the Lakers. It hasn't really hit me yet. I'm just happy to be here and I'm going to make the best out of it."
He added when talking about previous LA legends like Mikan, Wilt, Kareem and Shaq:
"I don't want to try to compete with those guys. I want to bring my own flavor to L.A. I saw a picture last night. 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. I want to write my own history and today is the first day of that history."
He certainly has written his own history just by the NBA trade rumors and the whole fiasco involving that. He basically held out for the best deal possible, commanding lots of media attention and speculation. He now will continue to receive that spotlight and sometimes unwanted scrutiny while playing in a media haven of an NBA city.
Don't worry Dwight, it may not have hit you just yet, but it will if the going gets rough in LA!