Howard seemingly takes subtle jabs at the Lakers every so often and may have done so again when he told RealGM that he doesn’t have to ask for the ball with the Rockets.
“I don’t have to say, ‘I need the ball,’” Howard told RealGM. “The guys here know what we have to do to be successful, to play inside out. We have young guys, and they want to accomplish some things in this league also. I understand that. I understand that we need everyone. If I can make sure that guys are happy, that they’re getting the ball and getting a rhythm, it makes it tough to beat us.”
It’s hard to tell if Howard was just making the statement or if there was something a little more behind it, like a suggestion that he didn’t touch the ball enough with the Lakers last season.
For what it’s worth, Howard is only getting one more shot with the Rockets as opposed to last season with Los Angeles. Though, it’s possible he feels as if he didn’t get the ball much with the Lakers considering he dropped about three shots a game from his time with the Orlando Magic.