Dwight Howard’s first tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers did not go well. The then All-NBA center was a blockbuster addition for the Lakers in 2012, though he flamed out after just one season.
The 33-year-old big man is back in Los Angeles now.
Howard, who’s played for four NBA teams in four seasons, will make it a fifth in five years with the Lakers in 2019-20.
The eight-time NBA All-Star issued a new message to Lakers fans tonight.
“Lakers fans, I’m excited to be back on the team. I’m very excited to see all of you guys at the games,” Howard says. “Thank you for having me back here in L.A. I know sometimes people don’t get second chances, but when you do get a second chance you have to do the best you can do, so it wipes away everything that happened the first time.”
“I’ll see you at Staples.”
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) September 4, 2019
Howard is joining a Lakers team in need of some help at the center position, with DeMarcus Cousins going down with a torn ACL injury this summer.
The Lakers will be one of the most-watched teams in 2019-20 and Howard really isn’t the reason for that. LeBron James and Anthony Davis will hope to get the Lakers back toward NBA Finals contention.