Steve Nash believes Dwight Howard never felt at home with the L.A. Lakers and was not particularly surprised at his departure.
Howard left L.A. last week to join up with the Houston Rockets after only a year with the franchise, but it was a year seriously interrupted by injury.
Injury problems led to a struggle with form and, despite the Lakers trying to convince him to stay, Howard decided he needed a change of scenery.
Nash and Kobe Bryant were drafted in by general manager Mitch Kupchak and coach Mike D’Antoni to attend the meeting organised in an attempt to keep Howard from leaving, but to no avail.
Nash told ESPN that he was never confident of convincing the centre to change course, because he never felt at home since he joined the Lakers from Orlando Magic.
“Ultimately, I think Dwight wasn't comfortable here and didn't want to be here and I think if he didn't want to be here, there's no point for anyone in him being here. So, we wish him the best and move on,” he is quoted as saying.
Howard never felt loved at in L.A. and Nash revealed the 27-year-old had problems assimilating with his teammates and the pick-and-roll offence.
The veteran point guard would not go into the details but said, ultimately, you couldn’t blame anyone if things just didn’t work out.
"Dwight had some issues with the season. I think it kind of basically goes with what he said to the media that he never quite felt embraced in L.A.,” he added.
“He never quite felt supported. That's basically it. I think in some ways you can read into that what you will, but I think he never quite felt comfortable at home and I don't know if that's anybody's fault."