Dating again to final season — when it grew to become clear that the Golden State Warriors had been truly good once more — there was a section of the fandom that has felt the staff may benefit from the presence of one other rim-defending large man.
Kevon Looney quieted a few of that chatter with a playoff run that noticed him observe a double-double common within the Western Conference Finals with a watch-popping internet score of 16.8 through the championship spherical. And former No. 2 general decide James Wiseman’s untapped potential all however calls for that he get each alternative to man the pivot.
Nevertheless, the thought stays that the Dubs might bolster their title protection by including one other massive physique with expertise and defensive chops.
To that finish, an eight-time All-Star and future Hall of Famer — who at present finds himself with out a staff — simply stated a mouthful concerning the prospect of filling Golden State’s open roster spot.
Dwight Howard Gets Amped Over Potential Warriors Partnership
Dwight Howard, who spent his 2021-22 marketing campaign on a return engagement with the Los Angeles Lakers, appeared on the October 31 episode of Shannon Sharpe’s podcast, Club Shay Shay. During the interview, the previous NFL star floated the Dubs as a possible touchdown spot for the soon-to-be 37-12 months-previous.
And Howard might barely include his pleasure at the very prospect of constructing a transfer to the Bay Area.
“Oh man, that’s perfect,” he declared. “I’ve been a warrior my whole life… They need a big. I know they have Kevon Looney and I know they have the young boy Wiseman, but I’m Dwight Howard.”
That final bit was stated emphatically by Howard, however that doesn’t imply he’s eyeing some type of late-profession return to superstardom. Rather, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year sees ways in which he may also help the staff, from the “young boy” on up to the core gamers.
“Wiseman can learn so much from me because he’s headed in that direction of being a great big man. So, I feel like… even in that situation playing with all shooters like that, Steph — the way he [would] get open with me setting screens — he’s gonna get more wide open,” Howard stated. “Draymond, in the pick and roll, me and him. Me being able to teach Wiseman how to play defense, how to block shots. I see him as a person that’s similar to David Robinson and his size and athleticism. There’s a lot of things that I could really teach him.”
Howard appeared in 60 video games for the Lakers final season, averaging 6.2 factors and 5.9 rebounds per outing.
Dwight Really Wants to Experience a Championship Parade
Howard isn’t in a spot the place he has to ring chase to safe his legacy. His HOF candidacy isn’t in query and he already acquired his ring with the Lake Show in 2020. That stated, he missed out on the massive title celebration because the world was nonetheless within the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic at the time.
So, it ought to come as no shock that the concept of a celebration on Market Street could be very interesting to him.
“I would love to play season 19 and go out on top… I would definitely love to do that. That would be amazing to get a parade like I deserve. I ain’t never had no parade in the NBA. Even after we won the championship…”