New Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard believes several players on the Lakers roster have been underappreciated during its time in the NBA. Howard, who left the Lakers last offseason to join the Philadelphia 76ers, returned to Los Angeles this offseason.
However, Howard wasn't the only addition to the Lakers team as the Purple and Gold also traded for Russell Westbrook, as well as signed Carmelo Anthony. "I think that he has been underappreciated," Howard said when asked about Westbrook, the triple-double machine whom the Lakers officially acquired Friday in a trade with the Washington Wizards.
"I think all of us, really, have been underappreciated. But I know that we appreciate each other. We all appreciate what we each bring to the table for this team." Howard is 35, LeBron James in 36, Westbrook is 32, while Anthony is 37.
"I just think that if we take care of ourselves off the court, be disciplined with our work ethic, where we're doing everything we can to take care of our bodies, we should be fine," said Howard, who will turn 36 in December.
"We've all got to this point for a reason. I don't think we're going to get here and just stop when we have a great opportunity in front of us." "I think we have new life, all of us coming together and playing, I think it's going to provide new life being able to see who we have on our roster, who's going to be playing alongside of us each and every day.
I think we'll have so much energy it will be hard to contain."
Howard wants another NBA title
Howard played a major factor in helping the Lakers win it all a year ago. "It's something that's really hard to fathom.
Just imagine seeing all of us on the floor at the same time, not on an All-Star team, not on the Olympic team, not for a charity game, but for an actual season all of us will be together," Howard said. "That's going to be great.
All of our guys are hungry. We want to win. We want to stay in the best shape possible. "So I think it's going to be an awesome time this year, just having everybody on the floor practicing, going hard and understanding that there's only one mission, and that's to win a championship."
Howard left the Lakers after winning his first NBA title but his stint with the Philadelphia 76ers didn't go as he expected.