Dwight Howard is gone
Sure he’s the best big in the league, but what is that really saying in a era without any true challengers. Shaq had Yao, Tim Duncan and the tail ends of David Robinson, Alonzo Mourning and Olajuwon’s careers to deal with. Howard has Roy Hibbert, Marc Gasol and.. and? Shit, that’s about it. His effect on the game didn’t equal out to the distraction he was off the court and no one really believed he was the future for the Purple & Gold to build on.
Maybe D’Antoni could’ve done more to fit Howard into his system, although he’s probably best off the pick-and-roll which the Lakers lived off of while Nash was around. And Howard wasn’t as healthy as everyone had hoped he’d be, playing most of last season with back injuries. Still, not even on his gigantic shoulders could he handle the responsibility that comes with being the focal point of the Lakers franchise.
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