With the Brooklyn Nets going to LA to play the Lakers tonight, Dwight Howard was reminded Monday about his supposed preferred destination and also spoke on his current friendship status with Deron Williams…which didn’t sound too good.
Check out what he had to say…
“I’m here now,” Howard said after practice Monday, a day before the Lakers host the visiting Nets at Staples Center. “I’m in L.A. There’s no need to talk about what could have happened. I’m happy with being here in L.A. Like I’ve said, the fans have always been great here, and now that I’m on the team, the fans from Day 1, they’ve just been unbelievable to me and to this team. So I’m just happy about that.”
Howard reportedly talked with Nets point guard Deron Williams about teaming up and making a fresh start together when the franchise moved to Brooklyn before the team re-signed Brook Lopez and traded for Joe Johnson, but Howard had little interest in talking about Williams now that they are opponents.
“That’s my decision,” Howard said. “My life. If he’s upset because I made a decision for me, then so be it. If he doesn’t want to be friends because I’m on another team, then so be it. There’s no need to smooth things over.”
Despite Howard’s and Williams’ mutual interest in playing with one another, it got to the point when a deal hadn’t been reached that Williams told Nets general manager Billy King not to wait to see if he could try to acquire the three time Defensive Player of the Year.
“One thing Deron did say to me, he said, ‘Please, just don’t wait on Dwight. We can’t wait and not have a team,'” King said during the premiere of NBA TV’s “The Association: Brooklyn Nets.”