Nash: Howard Never Embraced LA

Published on 10-Jul-2013 by Stacey Mickles
Basketball - NBA / NBA Daily Update

Steve Nash

Day Five of the Dwight Howard bashing show is under way.

And today's basher is Steve Nash.

Anybody and everybody associated with the Lakers, past or present, have all taken their shots at the one-season Laker, so why wouldn't Nash shared his thoughts and opinions, too?

The well-credentialed point guard says that Howard never embraced being a Laker, and that's why he struggled. 

"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," Nash said on ESPN LA 710 radio. "So we wish him the best and move on."

How existential. Friedrich Nietsche would have been proud.

The Lakers may be saying they wish Howard the best, but I'll be damned if they aren't moving on. Howard has not only been thrown under the bus, but ran over back and forth a few times, too.

Former coach Phil Jackson took a shot at  Howard, calling him an "Astro" instead of a Rocket, and former Laker great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said, referring to Howard, that “potential has a shelf life."

You know, as disses go, Abdul-Jabbar's is still pretty classy. But it's still a diss.

To Howard's credit, he's yet to respond to any of this, which is smart on his part. It would make his situation worse.

As for the Lakers, maybe they should take the attitude of most of their fans, which is relax, relate and release.

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