Posted July 10, 2013

Steve Nash on Dwight Howard in L.A.: He ‘didn’t want to be here’

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Steve Nash says Dwight Howard never wanted to be in Los Angeles. (Garrett Ellwood/NBA/Getty Images)

Steve Nash says Dwight Howard never wanted to be in Los Angeles. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBA/Getty Images)

Dwight Howard spent an unfulfilling, injury-plagued season with the Los Angeles Lakers, ultimately spurning the team’s recruitment of trying to keep him in L.A. for the next couple of seasons, instead verbally agreeing to a four-year, $88 million deal with their Western Conference foe, the Houston Rockets.

Lakers guard Steve Nash said that Howard didn’t want to be with the team in the first place.

Nash was brought in to try to persuade Howard to remain with the Lakers but said “we didn’t really have a chance and I’d like to think that after the meeting we had a chance.”

“Ultimately, I think Dwight wasn’t comfortable here and didn’t want to be here and I think if he didn’t want to be here, there’s no point for anyone in him being here,” Nash told ESPN Radio on Tuesday. “So, we wish him the best and move on.”

Injuries plagued the Lakers for most of the season and they were swept out of the playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs after barely making the postseason.

“Dwight had some issues with the season,” Nash said. “I think it kind of basically goes with what he said to the media that he never quite felt embraced in L.A. He never quite felt supported. That’s basically it. I think in some ways you can read into that what you will, but I think he never quite felt comfortable at home and I don’t know if that’s anybody’s fault.”


38 comments
VirakChan
VirakChan

Howard had a hard time playing with Kobe, two big egos that would never jive. Remember a guy named Shaq that couldn't play with him?

Jer51_20
Jer51_20

"...Nash shot the ball like crap last season..."  Nash shot 50% overall, 44% from 3, 92% from the line.

OrvilleGodby
OrvilleGodby

You know I watched the Lakers and heard announcers and commentators say "They need to get the ball to Howard." Howard is not 1/10th the scorer that Gasol is. The LAST guy you need to get the ball to is Howard. He is not a scorer. That was part of the problem. Trying to make him a scorer to appease him instead of him accepting his role. Nash shot the ball like crap last season. I don't see that happening again. The trio of Bryant/Nash/Gasol is still not to be taken lightly. Don't ever count guys out who have their pedigrees.

pampano
pampano

NO matter what team you signed, if it is not your fate of having a championship ring your still a loser.

mahi2mahi
mahi2mahi

Sure people have the right to work and live where they please. What Howard did was make a mockery out of the whole thing. Not only did he slap Laker fans in the face,the NBA has a black eye as well.

mailbrown
mailbrown

I'm a Laker fan and have no problem with Dwight leaving.  I never thought he was a good fit and personally I think he will go down as a good player that never won a championship.  I truly believe that he is overhyped.  He is a great rebounder and good defender.  He has zero touch around the rim and is a free throw liability.  He pouts if the ball does not go through him even though he has the post game of my 4 year old.  He was getting dominated by people like Eddie Jordan.  Give me Hibbert all day long who can make a shot from 3 feet out.  The best situation (for himself) was in Orlando with no expectations and they coddled him like a baby.  And yes, he has a right to do whatever he wants but it doesn't mean it's smart or that it doesn't carry a perception.  For instance, you have a right to ride your bicycle in 5:00 traffic... go for it.

djp9
djp9

Exactly 6marK6. First Howard has the right as a collectively bargained UFA to sign were he pleases as did LeTravel and the Geico to Miami. LA made a deal HOPING he would resign. Oh well. Nash was still kind in how he gave the comments. Really Howard never put his best effort to be a team player this last year. It was about playing his style period. See Dwight's own comments about his decision.

Also bashing Nash for defense is like complaining you can't drink water from the Ocean because its salty. That's not the primary purpose. Also if you actually bothered to watch him play instead of just watching game highlights he isn't an athletic defender but isn't a BAD defender either. He plays smart, decent positional and help defense, doesn't gamble and cost his team on the defensive end. Often the guards who make highlight plans are doing so because they gambled and more often than not cost their team on the defensive end. But hey we're all about the highlights right?

 If Kobe can release his need to control a bit I think if they can fill out the roster with some athletes and/or shooters this team can make some noise. Every guy who played with Nash while Nash was in his prime had his best years personally and team wise while playing with him. I think Pau and Nash could really mesh if both are healthy. Nash was still kind in his comments

6marK6
6marK6

Nash is the only person associated with the Lakers mature enough to speak the truth on this matter. Howard hated Los Angeles, he did not like Kobe or the coach. Why the heck should he feel compelled to stay there if he didn't have to. These Laker fans are idiots. People have a right to live and work where they want, you don't control their lives. What is so amusing is that if Howard chose to stay, all these fans running down his ability and character would be screaming about how great he is.

missed62
missed62

Stevie is trying to deflect attention from himself. The primary problem with the Lakers was their inability to defend above average guards which is directly attributable to Nash. Now that Howard is gone let see how the Lakers fare.

cry1baby2usa
cry1baby2usa

I thought free agency gave the player the right to play for whomever they want to play for. So Howard decides he wants to play for Houston for less guaranteed money and we have a problem with that. Funny how people complain about guys making too much money and when a player decides to leave some on the table we have a problem. 

Steven17
Steven17

I don't care about either the Lakers or the Rockets.  Howard is a cancer.  He complains where ever he goes and it won't end with Houston.  This is who he is and I don't believe there's a team out there that he'll be happy with.  This article from Nash shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who follows sports and knows anything about Dwight Howard.  You may end up being right, but I personally don't see Houston winning a championship with Houston.      

MoisesReyesSalvador
MoisesReyesSalvador

WAH!WAH! BIG BABY GET SOME NUTS.. WANT TO B PAMPERED ALL THE TIME! I HOPE U GOT A LOT OF DIAPERS HUSTON CUZ DWIGHT SH*TS ALL THE TIME!

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

@Jer51_20 and I would still take him any day over Howard. At least when Nash plays, he actually plays with heart and tries his best, regardless of the stats. 

mailbrown
mailbrown

@OrvilleGodby  Someone who understands basketball..  He is not a scorer.  He has no touch outside of a dunk and is a free throw liability.  Why would you want the ball to go through him more?  Makes no sense.

es
es

@OrvilleGodby  

The NBA playoffs is littered with men who have tons of "pedigrees" 

- ask the roster of Malone, Payton, Shaq and Kobe, a pedigreed lot, shamefuly trounced by the Pistons, or even the championship roster of Kobe, twin towers Bynum and Gasol and Metta, SWEPT by the Mavericks.

They trio you mentioned IS to be taken lightly, and very much so as they have no bench, no defense, no coach and no chance. 

Besides, a passable showing and  possible 9th seed (their ceiling) will do little for their draft hopes.

 

 

es
es

@mahi2mahi  what the hell are you talking about, you idiot?

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@6marK6 Dead on. Another reason, by the way, that Nash is so respected. It's not just his play that is  outstanding. Men like him would be welcome in every profession.

Ciscos
Ciscos

@6marK6 Some of us didn't think Howard coming to the Lakers was a good fit from the start (me included).  However, I could see how some would be upset considering the number of people burning his jersey (which I find to be completely idiotic).

I agree with you on Nash.  Steve said what is was from the start.  I appreciated him doing that. He didn't "owe" Howard anything and certainly not his protection considering how Howard ambushed them with his grievances - that only Howard knew about and pretty much never shared with them.

The more I've read about Howard, from his own mouth and the words of others in reference to him, I'm more inclined to think he's a gigantic baby still needing to be burped. 

geewhiz
geewhiz

@missed62 Highly doubt that was his intention.  If you know anything about Nash, he's not that kind of player/person.

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

@cry1baby2usa funny how people who have no clue what they are talking about like to defend the guy. 

Ciscos
Ciscos

@cry1baby2usa that's not why people were upset... just like Geewhiz said, it's how they go about their business that ticks people off.  Howard was/is drama, just like he was in Orlando.

geewhiz
geewhiz

@cry1baby2usa I hear ya, but its the way in which he goes about his business that rubs people the wrong way.

Mkmck
Mkmck

@MoisesReyesSalvador another whiney Laker fan heard from. Players have free agency so they can pick where they want to play...it's their right.  So he decided not to play in LA. Boo-frigging-ho. You're the one crying...he's smiling all the way to the bank.

es
es

@ITATTRACTS@Jer51_20 

Sounds like a plan - lets go for "effort" and "heart" vs actual skill, defensive ability, and non AARP membership.

"Tries your best" is for  little League, you dummy! 

LMAO 

NO GM or Team Owner not smoking crack would take a 42 year old Canadian soccer player and/or a retarded coach over a dominant center (albeit one coming off back surgery)*

*Except for Jimmie Buss who probably smokes crack,anyway!

Ciscos
Ciscos

@geewhiz @missed62 ~ Missed62, I disagree... I think Nash pretty much laid it on the floor in front of everyone.  The Lakers had defensive problems largely because they weren't defensively coached.  However, be that as it may have been, nothing could have been done about it if one of the primary players felt like they weren't getting hugged enough.

Mkmck
Mkmck

@MoisesReyesSalvador ...and Ice T is about as wrong as you can get. Howard will win a ring in H-town before LA gets another one. LA is in big trouble with old "stars" who spend too much time on the injured list...and no Kobe until December at the earliest. Good luck with that...lol.

es
es

@ITATTRACTS @es @mahi2mahi 

nah, I think YOU are the idiot, talking sh*t about "mockery" and "slap in the face", like WTF???

HE SIGNED WITH A DIFFERENT TEAM - GET OVER IT!

Now, go put down your WII, and go play outside! (in the street...or highway)

BlackieCats
BlackieCats

@Ciscos @geewhiz @missed62 Anyone would have problems guarding Westbrook, Lilard, and Paul in the western conference.  Even guys like Lin, Bledsoe, Curry, and the list goes on.  This is a young and athletic PG league and if you don't have one, you have to draft one because trades don't come cheap.

Mkmck
Mkmck

@jefe462 @Mkmck @MoisesReyesSalvador Which is his right...and as others have noted, no state income tax in TX makes up for what he left on the table. And as Nash said, if he didn't want to be in LA, it benefits no one for him to sign there.

JulesG
JulesG

@cry1baby2usa @Chipmunk1 @jefe462 @Mkmck @MoisesReyesSalvador So you are saying it's wrong for fans to complain when they wanted a player to play for them???? I am missing the point. It's a little different when you play cat and mouse and make it seem like you want to be somewhere and you don't. Just like in a relationship...if a woman loves you one day, then not the next, then leaves, I am sure you would be bothered by it too. So what if fans complain...they are fans of their team..............

cry1baby2usa
cry1baby2usa

@Chipmunk1 @jefe462 @Mkmck @MoisesReyesSalvadorChipmunk1 you are correct. After taxes Howard will make more per year in Houston than LA. Now he doesn't get an extra year but I'm sure he can sign an extension later and make up for it. Besides he will get to free agency 1 year faster with the deal he signed in Houston. Now if he gets hurt, that is another story but in reality unless it is career ending he will do fine. 

Funny how everyone complains that players are all about the money and when they decide to leave money on the table it is a problem. People sure like to have it both ways.