Dwight Repentant, Sort Of

Mr. and Mrs. America, from border to border and coast to coast and all the ships at sea.

News flash: Dwight Howard says he could have done some things better last season in Orlando.

Ya think?

On the eve of tonight’s first meeting with his former team at Staples Center, the 26-year-old lovable lunk turned Walter Winchell told Ramona Shelburne of ESPN/Los Angeles that somehow both sides were at fault when he spent the better part of the 2011-12 season jumping back and forth across the fence like a confused bullfrog.

“It doesn’t really matter to talk about it now. It’s over and done with,” he said. “There are a lot of things we both could’ve done, but at the end of the day, it happened just the way it was supposed to happen. There was a reason behind everything. We might not see it or understand it at the time, but there was a reason why everything happened the way it happened and I think it made both parties stronger.”

Of course, the fans of the 5-10 Magic, who watched their team again get stripped down to its chassis and left up on milk crates might disagree, but Howard says they have a place in his heart.

“I will always be grateful. They gave me an opportunity, Rich and the rest of the DeVos family,” Howard said. “They wanted me to come in, change the city and we did some great things, despite how everything ended. Our team and the organization, we opened up a lot of doors for fans and businesses around the city, with the new arena and all that stuff. We had some unbelievable years. There’s no reason for anybody to hold their heads on what happened in Orlando. At the end of the day, there had to be a business decision.”

Howard said he understands why fans in Orlando might have ill will toward him, but hoped with time they could forgive and understand why he requested a trade.

“It’s my job to let people know that when you get traded or ask for a trade from a team, it has nothing to do with a city or the fan base,” he said. “It’s a business decision. Yeah, it may affect people because that’s their team that they love and they want to see their team do good, but at the end of the day we only get one shot at this and I have to do what I believe is going to be best for me.”

Translation: Please don’t mention my 47 percent free-throw shooting when we get to Orlando on March 12.


  1. NUFF SAID says:


  2. ScreamingFanofBasketball says:

    At the End of it all , No matter what, there are only two teams that stand alone when it comes to winning championships , One of them are the LAKERS!! the Other dare I say Is the Celtics (vomit) Everybody else Spurs, Bulls, etc are a close second, and the last time I checked withing five years of the Lakers Retooling We win so end of story, You may now all continue to have Hope for your Teams while I stick with the Winning franchise LAKERS thank you for reading….

  3. JimD54 says:

    D Howard has the same problem most of these seven footers have these days, they never really learned how to play the game, they are just bigger than everybody else and can dunk, they don’t finally learn the game until they are about to retire and it shows, I mean shooting foul shots, that’s basic, he should have got that down in grade school…..

  4. Ro says:

    Do any of you speak English? You’re means you are, as in you’re crazy. Not Your.
    PS Dwight you’re a tool, had to be a business decision. You’re just like every other spoiled baby in this league who thinks they’re actually worth their salary. Did he forget the rollercoaster ride he put Orlando through?! I want out, no I love this city, I want out, no i’m gonna opt out and remain here, no actually i want out again…. Who does that publicly?

  5. NUFF SAID says:

    @baller1991 /Mytownla

    granted… we will give lakaerdashians 20 games starting now… OOOOPPPPSSSS They got dominated by BIG BABY!!! hahahah hey 1 down 19 to go!!!!! let’s wait a little bit for lakerdashians get Dominated by WAS… uLOLs……

  6. hugo paiva says:

    ok sorry if if i sounded too excited but…if we admit that Lebron James (serious all time mvp candidate) was a bit greedy by making his move to Miami and was rewarded, and The NBA System is still working…lets make a petition to join, in the same team like S.A. Spurs, all those who’re there plus AK47, David Lee, Monta Ellis, CP3 of course!!!, Luis Scola why not??lol, so many others inclusive Jose Calderon!!! just think about it!;)

  7. HypeBeast says:

    gotta beat number 1 team in the west which is
    MEM then SAS then OKC
    before you think LAL could be number 1

  8. Jon says:

    Going to be funny when the Lakers start plowing through the league. Enjoy it while it lasts haters because it won’t last long.

    • dattebayo says:

      The Lakers will win more games for sure, but they will never steamroll this league. Nash and Gasol are not healthy, Kobe won’t keep shooting as well as he has in the beginning of the season and even when the bench makes a few shots you can always send Howard to the line to miss free throws 😛
      Every contender needs a dependable bench, you can’t win without it. Just look at all the teams that won titles.

  9. hugo paiva says:

    bla bla bla…..despite all that thing Lebron should be this, KD should be that, CP3 we’re still waiting for smtg….qestion is “who wouldnt lke to see SAspurs champions one more time just to honor the great Tim Duncan??

    • Mister 215 says:

      @NBA Fan???? That’s not a good example genius, because the last time they put together a superteam they ended it with a chance to win the title. I’m sorry but any team that makes it to the finals, would consider that to be a successful season. Since Kobe has won so much anything less then a championship is a failure, but that’s only because of is past success.

  10. AK says:

    It’s funny how every discussion ends up turning into Laker fans telling the rest of the league how the Lakers are the cream of the crop, how the lakers are going to the promise land. Didn’t their winless preseason and barely 500 start show you the signs ? They will get ripped by OKC, Grizzlies, Spurs, or maybe even the Clips. Take your pic.

    • Jordan says:

      Well i wonder why we would say such things… Dwight howard, Kobe bryant, pau gasol, steve nash. 5 championships since 2000. and 16 overall. 31 trips to the finals. out of 65 years. were there practically half the time, and with a roster like this, makes sense we will be there again.

  11. OKC FAN says:

    as an okc fan i hate to say this but the lakers are going to get better i just have a feeling but until then go okc!!!

    • dattebayo says:

      Oh come on, the Lakers will get you a nice Christmas gift. A loss at home to the Knicks 😀

      Seriously though, the Lakers have the easiest schedule in the league and are below 500. They play at home again on Christmas for the 4th straight time and the 9th time in 11 years. They lost 8 out of their last 10 Christmas games so I am banking on a Knicks win…

  12. Jj0224 says:

    The lakers got a great starting lineup but the bench is too inconsistent they need to pick up a few more player but whos really out there ?? I see them making the playoffs and getting 4-2 in 2 second round of playoffs.unless the starting init can do something magic and play 40 mins each

  13. Celicsdude says:

    I’ll laugh if t Magic win.
    GO BIG BABY!!!

  14. Vip81 says:

    Fakers wont make it past sec round…

  15. bryant says:

    & was d magic organization repentant in not giving dwight a back-up crew worthy of contending for a championship?
    they didn’t even recruited more help & just rested on their laurels after losing to the lakers in the finals.

  16. gam3walkthrough says:

    Lakers won’t win sorry, Grizzlies,Spurs,OKC and even the clippers would be too much for them.

  17. Dirty D says:

    No man should ever have to explain, and especially not repent for doing whats best for him. They wouldn’t build a good team around him. They Lied about his back problem! They said he was only having back spasms when it was a herniated disc just so he would play! He doesn’t owe them anything! Who would stay with a organization they don’t trust if they had options? I would go there and dominate so that they would regret the hell out of it. If not for any other reason but so they wouldn’t do it to any one else.

  18. ElmoKB24 says:

    Cant wait for tonights game ! Dwight vs his old team Orlandooo!!!

  19. baller1991 says:

    Give the lakers 20 more games, and watch them start dominating the entire NBA.

  20. bubblegumtate says:

    Repent? Repent what? Does team management have to repent when it sends a loyal player off to another team? No. So if Dwight and his agent used whatever means to get him in the best situation, why is it that he needs to repent? It’s a business. Time to grow up.

  21. Erwan n says:

    Its so early in the season.. if you really think that a team with kobe Dwight Pau and nash are not gonna make it to the end, your crazy!

  22. kywler says:

    LOL and he will have a “repentent” season with the Los Angeles Fakers.