Houston (CBS Houston)– Dwight Howard is definitely one person who doesn’t want talk about the ‘drama’ of facing his former team on Thursday night.
“There’s no need to talk about it,” Howard said. “I know you guys have a job to do and I respect that. I respect what you guys do. But I don’t think there’s any need for me to continue to talk about the Lakers and what happened. I’ve done enough talking about it. If it’s about Houston and what we’re trying to accomplish then great, but I don’t think every discussion has to be about the Lakers.”
Howard and the Rockets host the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time since Howard left in free agency this summer and headed to Houston.
“Our team is on a mission,” Howard on Thursday night’s game. “We can’t concern ourselves with one game. We can’t be too high or too low in any game; we have to stay even-keeled. Just try to go out there and win.”
The Rockets have been off to a successful start as they look to extend their best start (6-1) since 2007-08.
“We have to play our brand of basketball,” Howard on what is need to win. “We gotta go out there and run, get them down the floor and get stops. We should be fine. We play good basketball on both ends.”
The media on Thursday asked him about the recent story about ex-Laker Antawn Jamison saying that Howard didn’t return to the Lakers because of his issues with Kobe Bryant. Howard simply replied with, “Ok.”
Howard is sitting at 17.4 points and 14.6 rebounds per game this season as the Rockets rank second in the NBA with a plus-10.2 rebounding margin.
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