I don’t think you should feel obligated to say “pause” if you are cool with your sexuality whatever it maybe. A lot of time by saying “pause”, you draw attention to a comment that most people wasn’t even paying attention to.
I think Dwight Howard was just playing around and he even chuckles a little bit, but still unnecessary—we know that Howard prefers dancers and singers over Lakers Centers.
On the basketball end of it, right now Howard is #2 on my MVP ballot right behind Derrick Rose and can overtake him with a strong end of the season.
He has had a dominant season ,that until recently, no one is paying attention to— but they should.