Dwight Howard’s reputation has took a hit since his last years in Orlando. Once upon a time he was known as a fun loving, slightly goofy big man who won three NBA Defensive Player of the Year Awards. Now he is known as immature and as a prima donna.
But he is hoping after finally getting to choose the team he wants to play for that he can rebuild and start over.
“It means a lot to me just to have a fresh start and have an opportunity to write my own story,” Howard said, via ESPN. “I don’t think people understood the fact that I got traded to L.A., and now I had a chance to really choose my own destiny, and this is the place where I chose and I’m happy about it.”
And while Houston is one party short of the Miami Heat‘s excitment in the summer of 2010, Howard isn’t worried about the lofty expectations bestowed upon him.
“That’s what I’ve always expected out of myself,” he said. “Before I got injured, that’s what I did every night — I dominated the game on both ends of the floor. It’s not about putting up big numbers, none of that; the biggest thing is just going out there and having fun and dominating and that’s what I’m going to do.”