Dwight Howard returned to the Lakers last night for the first time since leaving the franchise for the Houston Rockets last summer.
And after helping his new team to a commanding 134-108 win against the struggling Lakers, hitting 20 points on a night when he was booed by the home fans, Howard revealed to the media the one thing he regrets about his ill-fated time in California:
"I just wish I would have waited until I got healthy, to play.
"Unfortunately I just wasn't healthy enough, and neither was the team," the center explained.
Howard's time at the Lakers was disrupted by injury, arriving at the team still recovering from back surgery the eight-time All-Star struggled to hit top form during the 2012-13 season.
He finished his time with the Lakers having posted his second lowest NBA scoring average ever, and left a fairly unpopular figure amongst Lakers fans after several frustrating performances and run in's with Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.
Since signing with the Rockets however Howard seems to have found his form, and his health.
Playing in all 54 games so far, the former Orlando Magic man is averaging 18.9 points and 12.5 rebounds per game as the Rockets sit third in the Western Conference.
Howard did have some words of support for his former teammates though:
"The lakers have always found a way to get back to the top, and they will one day," he told reporters last night.
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