Dwight Howard has been given a second chance with the Lakers. After multiple unsuccessful and dramatic seasons around the NBA, he was signed by L.A. with an ultimatum: shut up or get out.
But, as is the nature with second chances, Dwight is already thinking back on the first. See, this isn't his first rodeo in Los Angeles, but he hopes this will be his last. The only way to make things right is to avoid making the same mistakes he made as a Laker in 2012.
During an interview with Shams Charania of Stadium, he explained exactly what went wrong for him and the infamous L.A. "Big Three."
“Well, I just think there were two big problems,” Howard said. “Injuries and ego. For a basketball team, those two things can make or break you. When you’ve got major guys on the team that get injured, it kind of takes away from what you’re trying to accomplish."
It's a good sign that he sees the mistakes. Not only did he rush his way back to the court, but his selfishness also made it hard for him to adjust and sacrifice certain aspects of his game for the team.
With LeBron James and Anthony Davis, it will be interesting to see how he plays. He is saying all the right things so far, but he will have to prove himself on the court if he wants a permanent spot on the team's rotation.