It appears that Philadelphia 76ers center Dwight Howard has never felt better in his career as he is willing to do everything what's required from him next season as he is determined to win more titles after claiming his first one with the Los Angeles Lakers this past season.
Howard, who tweeted that he would stay with the Lakers after the free agency kicked off, hours later signed a deal with the 76ers and that twist came as a shock to many. "Winning the championship was everything, and it made me realize I could have the best stats in the world and it don't mean nothing," Howard said, per ESPN.
"Because here it was, I won a championship and there was games where I didn't score a bucket, or get a field goal, or get minutes in a game. What really matters is just holding up that trophy. "That would be my message to everybody on the team: What are you willing to give up to get that trophy? Sometimes you got to give up everything.
Sometimes your role and what's required of you [is] to give up the things you want to do the most. For me, I would have loved to be the guy to score all the points and rebounds, but my team needed me for a specific purpose, and that was to provide the spirit and energy on and off the court.
"I think I did a pretty good job at it, and whatever this team asks me to do, I'm willing to do it."
Howard feels wanted in Philadelphia
This offseason, the 76ers introduced Doc Rivers as their new coach and named Daryl Morey as their President of Basketball Operations.
With Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris on the roster, the 76ers have one of the most talented teams in the NBA but so far they haven't been able to establish themselves as title contenders. New 76ers coach Rivers is hoping to lead the 76ers to an NBA Championship and he really wanted Howard to be in Philadelphia.
"The reason why I was super locked in on being here in Philly is that Doc was the only coach that called me during this free-agency process," Howard said. "He was the first one to call me and he said we want you.
We want you on our team. And then Daryl called. I said this is where I need to be right now. This is where my journey is calling me. To Philly. I'm super happy that Doc called me, that he gave me the opportunity, and I told him yes. I told him I would come."