Eight-time NBA All Star center Dwight Howard is locked in on winning an NBA Championship with the Philadelphia 76ers and he wants the rest of the players on the team to have the same approach. Howard, who played for the Lakers on a one-year deal last season, was pivotal in the team's run to their 17th NBA Championship.
Howard, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2004 NBA draft, was expected to stay with the Lakers after winning his first NBA title at the age of 34. But Howard changed his mind at the last minute and instead signed with the 76ers.
"What really matters is just holding up that trophy,” Howard said, as quoted on Yahoo Sports. “So 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… “For me in the past, the things that have hindered me were my ego and also injuries.
Those are two major components of a team and players not being able to reach their full potential. So for us to win, we have to take our egos away. Put our egos aside… and the other part is staying healthy. We’ve gotta do our best job of making sure we eat properly, get the proper amount of rest, and we don’t overdo it."
Howard looking forward to playing with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons
The 76ers, led by All Star players Embiid and Simmons, have one of the most talented rosters in the league. “And trust each other," Howard continued.
"And I think by doing that with this team that we have and Joel being one of the best bigs in this league, and Ben Simmons coming back off injury, I think we have the tools and the talent, but we also have the right coaching staff to put this team over the hump.
I believe that this is our year”. When asked why he choosed the 76ers, Howard explained: "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.
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."