How History Will Remember Dwight Howard’s LA Lakers Stopover

August 16th, 2013 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

Dwight Howard's brief cameo with the Los Angeles Lakers last year was many things: exciting, complicated, bizarre and even sad in some instances. But most of all, it'll be remembered as a failure.

What's interesting, though, is that the Lakers are already doing their best to make sure nobody remembers the extremely short "Howard Era" at all.

If owner Jim Buss has his way, Howard's time in L.A. will eventually seem as surreal and forgettable as Hakeem Olajuwon's tenure with the Toronto Raptors, or Patrick Ewing's season with the Seattle Sonics. Buss is doing his best to create a cognitive distance between his team and the superstar that ditched it by revising history.

Howard's hurtful "thanks, but no thanks" to the Lakers is clearly bothering Buss (and to a similar extent) many L.A. fans.

That's why Buss came out and told Ric Bucher of The Hollywood Reporter that Howard "was never really a Laker. He was just passing through."

What Buss really means—and what untold numbers of Lakers fans have ritualistically repeated—is that Howard was never a "true" Laker.

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