Dwight Howard: Lakers trade has been a “blessing in disguise”
"I did want to go to Brooklyn. That's a place where I told the Magic that I really wanted to go," acknowledged Dwight Howard"(But) I was traded to the Lakers, and I think it was a blessing in disguise.”
Dwight Howard’s trade infamously highlighted the Orlando Magic’s whole last season and the disgruntled superstar was reportedly often in a clash with the team executives. The three-time defensive player demanded a trade of the Orlando Magic coach and then the incoming general manager. While the Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets headed into talks in during the offseason, they couldn’t finalize a trade as the deadline approached.
“I think there's a reason why everything happened the way it happened,” said Dwight Howard. “So far it's been an unbelievable experience for me. … It's like a dream come true."
The Brooklyn Nets equally desperate to lock-in the league’s most coveted center as were the Orlando Magic eager to get rid of him following a season-long “Dwightmare.” The Orlando Magic’s trade offer was matched by Brooklyn Nets’ package of Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, Marshon Brooks, and four first-round draft picks. But the deal fell could not be affected. Brooklyn Nets moved to sign their own key pieces and the Orlando Magic’s new general manager Rob Hennigan executed an offseason blockbuster four-team trade that shipped Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers.
"I thought I was going to get traded at the beginning of the year, actually, that's when I asked for it,” said Dwight Howard. “But everything happened for a reason.”
“It's made me a stronger and better person for it,” added Dwight Howard. “I had to go through the hell and the stormy forecast to come out to a place like this … and I'm thankful for it."
However, Dwight Howard’s demand for a trade wasn’t so easy, as he often claimed to be in a crisis regarding his”loyalty” to the franchise and even stunned the whole league by agreeing to waive his early termination option with the Orlando Magic.
"I think a lot of it was people just felt like I was going back and forth with the whole thing… (But) when you're doing business you have to be a shark,” said Dwight Howard. “You have to demand things. If you don't, people will run over you, and that was a lesson that I learned.”
“I'm over that now,” concluded Dwight Howard. “I can't control the way how people feel about me”
Dwight Howard will try to claim his first championship ring surrounded a star-studded Los Angeles Lakers’ lineup featuring Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol.