The Los Angeles Lakers and their fans have moved on from Dwight Howard, yet it appears that the self-proclaimed Superman – or should I say Batman – isn’t done talking about his decision to leave Hollywood this past summer.
In an interview with USA Today, Howard reveals that a conversation between Batman and Alfred in the movie “The Dark Knight Rises” spurred him on to leave the Lakers. Seriously:
[pullquote]”Batman and Alfred were having a discussion (in the 2012 Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises), and Batman didn’t like what was going on and he felt like the best thing he could do was just hide.
“Alfred told him, ‘You have to endure it. You have to take it. People will hate you for it, but that’s the point of being a legend. You can be that outcast. You can make the choice that no one else can make, and that’s the right choice.’ ”
The choice to leave one of the NBA’s most storied franchises.
“I kind of took that with me in this situation in L.A.,” he continues. “It was hard, something that most people wouldn’t have done, because they’re looking at the whole situation and people are going to think that I’m running (from the pressure), and people are going to think this or that.
“But I’m like, ‘Man, I want to be this legend, I want to be at the top. So I have to endure all that hate, all that criticism. I have to take it, and that’s what’s going to make me the person and the player I am.’ “[/pullquote]
Surely Los Angeles would’ve been the perfect place to “endure” the hard times and become a “legend”, but alas, Dwight made his decision and is now a member of the Houston Rockets.
The Lakers had a decent off-season considering all the events that took place. The team they have now is already more cohesive than they were at any point last season.
L.A. obviously lost Howard’s defensive presence and athleticism, but the purple and gold will attempt to fill the void left by the big man by playing as a team on a nightly basis.
The Lakers face Howard and his Rockets for the first time on November 7.