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‘I shouldn’t even be wearing this jersey’: Dwight Howard reveals behind the scenes of LeBron James’ Lakers despite being excited to play with Russ and AD


The Los Angeles Lakers recorded their first win of the season against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. The Lakers are now 1-5 in the league and expect to start a winning streak from here. However, the Lakers’ early season results are reminiscent of last season, when they failed to qualify for the playoffs. Despite strong efforts from LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers finished the season 33-49. Dwight Howard, who played 60 games for the Lakers last season, recently discussed what happened behind the scenes with the Lakers amid terrible form.


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Dwight Howard started in 27 games for the Lakers and mainly played on the bench last season. He averaged 6.2 points per game, which is the lowest of his career. It was Howard’s third stint with the Lakers, and he was very excited to join a team capable of winning a championship.


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Dwight Howard was part of the Lakers roster that won the championship in 2020. That season, he started only 2 of the 69 games he played. But he had an important role to play off the bench, which he did. His hopes for a 2nd championship were dashed last season when the Lakers finished 11th in the Western Conference. He recently discussed what went wrong for the Lakers last year.

Dwight Howard talks about the Lakers’ poor 2021-22 season

The 36-year-old center recently appeared on ‘Club Shay Shay’ hosted by Shannon Sharpe. During the show, Sharpe asked Howard about the Lakers’ 33-game winning season despite a strong roster.

“I take part in it. I could have been much better. Everything they needed me to be,” Howard Told Shannon Sharpe. “But, [it] didn’t end well last year, and it was really embarrassing. Some days I was like, ‘man, we shouldn’t even put this jersey on like this.'”

Shannon Sharpe then asked Howard about the locker room scenes. He also added that the Lakers roster was full of the NBA’s top 75 players and they “should have won more than 33” games. “I agree. I just feel like some things could have been changed. We could have changed some things. But it just wasn’t for us to win. And that sucked man,” Howard said.

Dwight Howard then revealed how eager he was for the chance to play alongside Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony. He also described why the Lakers struggled last season.

He continued: “I couldn’t wait to play with Russ and Melo, I couldn’t wait for it to happen again. I felt like we were fighting so much. People say you take sand. If you hold it too tight, it will fall if you don’t hold it tight enough I feel like that was the way it was.

The Lakers lost 49 games last season. It wasn’t the worst NBA season in history. But the amount of quality players the Lakers had, it was certainly a disastrous season.

Dwight Howard talks about stopping LeBron James from facing Kobe Bryant in the 2009 NBA Finals

Howard has spent most of his career with the Orlando Magic. He participated in the Magic for the NBA Finals in 2009 and won Defensive Player of the Year, after losing the championship to the Lakers. Fans had the opportunity to see james lebron and Kobe Bryant in the NBA Finals in 2009. But the riders faced Howard’s Magic in the Conference Finals.


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Prior to the game, Nike ran an ad about Kobe vs. LeBron in the 2009 NBA Finals. This motivated Howard and the Magic, who went on to defeat LeBron’s Cavs 4-2. Howard revealed his reaction to the commercial, later “Club Shay Shay”.

“We showed LeBron and the Cavs that no, the puppet has to go for real. I’m like, ‘How are you going to have a whole Nike commercial on LeBron and Kobe in the Finals, and they’re not even in the Finals yet?’ We wanted to destroy LeBron and the Cavs because of it,” Howard told Shannon Sharpe.


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Indeed, the Magic were highly motivated and they ruined the Cavs vs Lakers game predicted by many. However, the Magic failed to win the championship that season as the Lakers proved too good in the Finals. Who knew Dwight Howard would end up winning his first ring with the Lakers a decade later.