Dwight Howard is disappointed with his recent stint with the Houston Rockets. The veteran center now promises to do better with his new team, the Atlanta Hawks and wants to bring a championship to his hometown team.
“I want to do whatever I can to bring a championship home. I know it’s not going to be easy. I’ve worked extremely hard this summer, every summer. I’m very motivated,” Howard said via the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
“I’m really [ticked] off about last season. I’m looking forward to coming back with a different mentality.”
Howard is from Atlanta, Georgia and attended high school there, at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy. The veteran big man signed a three-year $70.5 million contract with the Hawks this 2016 offseason.
Howard also explained why he was frustrated with his stint with the Rockets though he did not mention any of the rumored conflict with teammate James Harden.
“A lot of people see me with smiles and all that stuff and think I don’t care but I hate losing. I hate seeing other people stand up on the podium and hold up that trophy and I worked so hard for it. That’s the main thing,” Howard added.
Howard, who played for the Orlando Magic (2004 to 2012) and Los Angeles Lakers (2012-2013) before landing with the Rockets, averaged 13.7 points and 11.8 rebounds last year for Houston.
Howard will replace Al Horford in the Hawks’ starting center spot and will be one of the key players along with Paul Millsap, Kyle Korever and Dennis Schroder.
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