For Dwight Howard, his lone season in Los Angeles couldn’t have went any worse.
Unfamiliar with such a strong spotlight, Howard at times seemed frustrated with the excessive scrutiny, an oddity considering how he’s seemingly longed to be the center of attention.
His back injury didn’t help the situation either as Howard, despite extremely respectable stats for just about any big man, looked off – he wasn’t the Howard we had come to fear in Orlando. But now, fresh off a lucrative contract with the Houston Rockets, Howard says he’s finally healthy and getting back into his Orlando Magic form:
A year after back surgery forced him to practically limp into training camp for his season of darkness in Los Angeles, the 27-year-old says he’s feeling close to his old form.
“As you know, health is very important, not just to basketball players, but everyday life,” Howard said on Media Day at the Toyota Center. “For me, being healthy is gonna bring back a lot of the things I’ve been able to do in the past. I’m very excited about that. I think my health is coming back. I’m getting some of the bounce back in my legs.”
Howard isn’t the only one impressed with his return to form as teammate Jeremy Lin, who tossed a bad pass to him in practice is also drinking the kool-aid:
“I was in awe,” Lin said. “I didn’t think there was any way he could get to that ball.”