Dwight Howard: Is His Play Worth the Media Circus?

In a recent interview with ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, Laker all-star center Dwight Howard reflected on his first season in Los Angeles, adjusting to the Lakers' system and the media attention he has garnered since leaving the Orlando Magic last season.

Right now, my only focus is to get us into the playoffs and win the championship. Nothing else matters at this point. I also understand that right now, there's no need for all the circus, and all the stuff that happened last year to start back up. I don't want it, my team doesn't need it. I don't need it, and frankly, our fans don't need it neither.

If Howard is true to his word, the Lakers may be a force to be reckoned with during the second half of the season. Despite being the best true center in the NBA, Howard has received criticism for his performances on and off the court in recent years.

The "Dwight Howard Saga" began when Howard first expressed his frustration with the Magic, following a disappointing end to the 2010-2011 season.

It wasn't even so much that Howard wanted out of Orlando as he couldn't make up his mind what he wanted.

On multiple occasions, Howard would hint at wanting a trade away from the Magic. At another point, he'd sign an extension than test free agency.

The media began to label Howard as selfish, a far cry from the player many had considered likable and comical. Howard's tenure with the Magic ended abruptly due to a back injury that saw him miss the remainder of the 2011-12 season 

The 2012 NBA offseason could be considered, "The Summer of Dwight". After the firings of head coach Stan Van Gundy and GM Otis Smith, Magic management decided to move their disgruntled superstar.


The Brooklyn Nets were a favorite to land the big man, as Howard expressed interest previously in joining the new team in the Bronx. However, the Nets invested in&...

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