Despite the warnings from those within the community, the Lakers took a chance and signed Dwight Howard to fill their last remaining roster spot.
After a multi-season tour of different franchises, he was routinely exiled and blamed for their poor performances. For one reason or another, nobody saw Howard as an asset to the team.
Nonetheless, Rob Pelinka and the Lakers opted to take him on anyway -- with a very short leash. So far, the 8x All-Star has lived up to his new mindset and recently relayed his dedication to winning Clutch Points' Ryan Ward.
"I think it is a very big blessing to come back here and play. My goal is just to win. Nothing else matters. The only thing that matters is winning a championship."
"I never had any ill will to the fans here in LA... I love this city. I love playing in LA."
"My job is to come here and help this team win, it’s not to get into any arguments with Shaq or Kobe or anybody. I don’t plan to let anything distract me from helping this team win a championship."
The knock on Dwight has always been the state of his priorities. In seasons past, it has involved his own personal stats or his own off-court activities. If we are to believe his words are more than empty quotes than it seems he may have finally developed a healthy basketball mindset.
He is ready to win. Can he help get the Lakers there?