The Dwight Howard-to-Lakers bandwagon prepare is in full impact.
Not solely are Los Angeles Lakers followers oddly rooting for Howard to re-join the franchise after his disastrous previous with the group, well-known sports activities analyst Jim Rome is now getting in on the fray.
In line with Rome, not solely ought to the Lakers signal Howard as a result of he’s a distinction maker, in the event that they signal him, he’ll personally decide up the veteran huge man on the airport.
Rome argues that Howard “is a big human being (in a position) to soak up some minutes. And there are restricted numbers of men on the face of the earth that may do this proper about now.”
He additionally goes states throughout his plea for the Lakers to signal Howard that the “Polish Hammer” Marcin Gortat, “Joe” (Joakim Noah), — and “Marcine” — Marreese Speights — received’t be difference-makers for Los Angeles this season and that they received’t assist in their quest to hoist one other banner.
Observe the Heavy on Lakers Fb web page for the newest breaking information, rumors and content material!
The Lakers are in search of a substitute for former All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, who suffered a season-ending ACL damage throughout a pickup recreation final season. He’s anticipated to be out for the season.
As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN on Tuesday, the Lakers are planning particular person exercises for Howard, Noah and Speights. They’re additionally inquisitive about Gortat, though there’s no information on whether or not or not they plan on giving a person exercise just like the aforementioned three.
Whereas every participant has their strengths — even on the draw back of all of their respective careers — it’s Howard who stays essentially the most attention-grabbing addition. We’re all conscious that Howard’s 2012-13 season in Los Angeles marked the start of his downfall. Originally of this decade, the eight-time All-Star was a top-three participant on this league with the likes of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
Sure, that’s how a lot of a celebrity Howard was. The man had quite a few endorsement offers, together with with the likes of McDonald’s and Adidas. He was touted as “Superman” after leaping over a automotive and profitable the Slam Dunk Contest and was a three-time Defensive Participant of the Yr.
On the time he joined forces with Kobe and Steve Nash on the Lakers in the beginning of the 2012-13 season, everybody had them pegged on a course to the NBA Finals with the LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh-led Miami Warmth. The issue is, in-house clashing between Bryant and Howard and Howard’s personal again points led to a dismal 45-37 file and a disappointing sweep within the first spherical of the playoffs.
As a substitute of returning to the Lakers because the franchise star and making up for that downtrodden season, he left and is now on the verge of enjoying for his fifth staff in as many seasons. Fairly the autumn from grace for a man who was a five-time First-Staff All-NBA choice and had a flawless picture previous to his arrival in Los Angeles.
However it’s not simply Howard who skilled a fall from grace since then — it’s additionally the Lakers. They haven’t made the playoffs since Howard’s final season and have develop into the joke of the NBA. Their entrance workplace duo of Jeanie Buss and Rob Pelinka is continually being criticized — and it was even worse when Magic Johnson was operating the present earlier than abruptly stepping down simply earlier than the top of the 2018-19 common season.
In different phrases, each side want one another — there’s no actual leverage on both aspect right here.
Howard can by no means make individuals totally neglect that disastrous lone season in Los Angeles. However what if he can come again as a task participant with much less expectations and assist lead the LeBron and Anthony Davis-led Lakers to a championship title?
There isn’t a doubt that Lakers followers would forgive D12 for his previous transgressions.
READ NEXT: NBA Execs Favor Dwight Howard Signing With Lakers
Observe D.J. Siddiqi on Twitter @DJSiddiqi