There’s a 99.9% chance that on Dwight Howard’s return to Staples Center tonight he’ll get booed, heavily.
The Los Angeles Lakers fans are still feasting on sour grapes and in a season where they haven’t had much to look forward to, tonight must feel like Christmas. And Dwight seems already prepared for the worst according to a story via the L.A. Times.
“I’m going to get a lot of boos,” Howard said Tuesday after the Rockets practiced at UCLA. “I know I’m going to hear it the whole game — ‘Coward,’ whatever. There’s not anything I can do about it. Just go out there and play.
“Thank God, this year I’ve been through it a lot in every city. There’s Lakers fans everywhere. So I think I’m a little bit prepared for it.”
Howard says that the injuries he suffered last season prevented him from being the player he’s accustomed to being.
“A lot of things that [fans] were accustomed to me doing, I couldn’t do them,” he said. “I think people were upset about that.”
Howard said he made the right choice to sign with Houston.
“No doubt,” he said. “I did what was best for me and at the end of the day, that’s the only thing that matters. I have no regrets.
“I wasn’t afraid of any bright lights or any pressure. I just felt like Houston was the best place for me.”