Perhaps he is here to play backup minutes and let Joel know how important it is to stay in shape. Perhaps he can tell Joel that playing around and being up one year and down the next is fun but if he did not change his attitude and get in shape there is no way he would have won this NBA championship ring he now has.
Perhaps (and I know it sounds crazy) Howard and Danny are here to not only be players but to provide a championship presence. If you want to win a championship this is what you do and this is what you don't do. If this is the case it gives Simmons and Embiid the chance to actually become leaders by learning from two champions. And to tell the truth you can learn a lot from someone that has made mistakes and learned from it.
And then there is this which I applauded.
“I just realized that you can’t please everybody,” Howard stated, via Alex Kennedy of BaksetballNews.com. “Everybody’s not gonna be happy with you or what you’ve done with your life. And the way that you kill them is with kindness. Instead of going back and forth with them, just stay locked in.
“If I had anything negative to say about him I won’t ever say that in the public eye or say that where people can hear it. Because I don’t think it’s necessary. He has family. He has kids. He has people who love him. I just wasn’t brought up that way.”
Howard responds to Shaq.https://clutchpoints.com/lakers-news-dwight-howard-responds-to-shaquille-oneals-criticism/
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