Dwight Howard Breaks His Silence, Explains Why He Has Decided to Join Lakers in Orlando

Robert Marvi
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On Monday, it became official: Dwight Howard will be participating in the resumption of the 2019-20 NBA season.

After weeks of waffling on whether he would join his Los Angeles Lakers in Orlando, Fla. for the season’s restart, Howard told CNN’s Don Lemon why he decided to participate after all.

Last month, the center seemed to be leaning towards sitting out in order to focus his efforts on the nationwide fight for social and racial justice. It appears he’s found a way to do so while also playing basketball.

After several years of individual success early in his career, Howard started to become something of a social pariah after his first stint with the Purple and Gold in 2012-13 ended badly.

He bounced around from team to team, and as his skills started to erode, it looked like his chances of ever winning an NBA championship were slim to none.

But this season, he has been a positive element for the Lakers both on and off the court. He’s given the team some much-needed muscle defensively and on the boards, and he has infused the squad with positive energy.

Helping the Lakers win the world title would mark a full and miraculous rehabilitation of Howard’s reputation and legacy.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and fell in love with the Nick Van Exel-led Lakers teams. He truly cherishes the Kobe Bryant-era of Lakers basketball and the five world championships that came with it, and is looking forward to the team's next NBA title.