Should Dwight Howard Sign A Long-Term Contract With The Lakers?
The Los Angeles Lakers 2012-13 NBA season is officially over. They ended their campaign unceremoniously earlier this week when they were swept out of the 2013 NBA Playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs. But that doesn’t mean that people are going to stop talking about the Lakers. In fact, them being out of the playoffs might actually make people talking about them even more than they already were. They’ll talk about whether or not Kobe Bryant is ever going to win another NBA title. They’ll talk about whether or not the Lakers should keep a number of players on their existing roster next season. And, most importantly, they’ll talk about whether or not Dwight Howard should sign a new contract with the team, as he will become a free agent in July and be able to sign anywhere he wants to for next season.
I am of the mindset that Howard has to come back to La La Land. Why? Well, for starters, he worked so hard to get himself traded there and made himself look so bad in the process of doing it that it seems like it would be counterproductive for him to pick up and leave now. I also feel as though Los Angeles is where Howard wants to be. Sure, he referred to the ’12-’13 season as a “nightmare” on numerous occasions this week. But Howard wants to do more than just play basketball in the future. He wants to live life as a celebrity, star in commercials, and get involved in Hollywood. He won’t be able to do that effectively if he’s playing elsewhere. Finally, Los Angeles gives Howard the best chance to win a title. It might not happen next year or the year after that or even the year after that. But, eventually, Howard is going to get one or two other great players to come to L.A. to play with him. And, when he does, watch out. The Lakers will be dangerous again.
No one knows what Howard is ultimately going to decide to do. He doesn’t even seem prepared to make a decision yet. After his exit interview this week, he said that he wants to get away from basketball for awhile to think things over. But I don’t see what other decision there is. He put in all this hard work to get to Los Angeles. So why leave now? It’ll only serve to complicate his career further and force him to spend another season acclimating himself to a new city and a new team. So I won’t be surprised at all if Howard is back in a Lakers uniform next season. It’s the right move for him to make.