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.
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.