Howard Reflects Upon Orlando Departure, Future With Lakers
Dwight Howard will play the Orlando Magic on Sunday for the first time since being traded.
"I've had a chance to sit back and think about it and there are some things I could've done better. There are some things that could've been done better on both sides," Howard said on Saturday. "But at the end of the day, we all learn some lessons and we've got to move forward.
"I'm happy here, I'm having a lot of fun. This is a place that I've always prayed that I could be a part of something very special. So I want to take advantage of it."
Howard insists he doesn't hold any negative feelings to the city of Orlando or the owners of the Magic.
"Orlando will always be my home. That's where I grew up, really. The fans were great to me for eight years. I have some unbelievable memories," he said. "But like I told you guys when I got here, this is a new chapter in my life. This is my home now. And I'm looking forward to making a lot of great memories here."
Howard's long-term future with the Lakers remains uncertain.
"From one to 10? I'd give it a good 12. I love it. It's been a lot of fun," Howard said. "Just everything here, from the practices, the motivation of everybody here is championship, that's what we need.
"I like the direction we're headed. We've had some tough losses but we'll learn and we'll grow from it. We're going to stick together."