Dwight Howard’s Second Chance

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 14: Dwight Howard #21 of the Washington Wizards reacts after a play against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half at Capital One Arena on November 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 14: Dwight Howard #21 of the Washington Wizards reacts after a play against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half at Capital One Arena on November 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)

Maddison Joseph-Cooper, Sports Editor

On August 26th, 2019, center Dwight Howard was re-signed with his old team, the Los Angeles Lakers from Washington Wizards. 

Before Dwight was signed, the Los Angeles Lakers signed center Demarcus Cousins to a one-year, 3.5 million dollar deal on July 6th, 2019. Later in the summer, Cousins suffered a torn ACL in his left knee after working out in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since then, the Lakers have shuffled through centers to find a replacement for Cousins. Till they finally landed on Dwight. 

Dwight Howard is an 8-time NBA all-star and the 2004 first draft. He plans to gain a second chance, not only from the team but from the fans and retired Laker superstars. He thinks it’s a blessing for the Lakers re-signing him, who decided that he was an improbable replacement for Cousins. NBA quoted during one of his interviews, “I’m big on new beginnings, and this is the time to start up a new time. I’m just looking forward to having a fresh start with the fans and show them my only dedication is to put another banner up here in Los Angeles.”

Some young Laker fans were ecstatic about the news of his arrival. 8th grader, Anthony Sereno, had this to say about Dwight’s dedication to helping out the Lakers. “I like the fact that the Lakers are giving him a second chance. Especially since he had the courage to talk with LeBron and AD and convince them that he’s changed and can guard bigger and better centers when games actually count.” 8th grader, Salvador Almanza, also had a comment to say about Howard’s devotion to helping out the Lakers. “He [Dwight Howard] can help out the Lakers in a big way if he can just stop their big men like Ibaka, Zubac or Montrezl Harrell. And without a big man, you’re basically nothing on a basketball team.”

Dwight’s been through several franchises such as the Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, and recently the Washington Wizard, but the one he’s missed the most is LA. He’s ready to start over and redeem the respect from both fans and elder superstars by ending their 6-year playoff drought.