Dwight Howard remained non-committal, as expected, about his future with the Los Angeles Lakers when asked at the All-Star media session on Friday.
Howard has been told by Mitch Kupchak that he will remain with the Lakers through the end of the season.
"The only thing that matters is the present, and right now," Howard said. "There's no need to talk about what's going to happen at the end of the season. No reason to go back and forth about it. I just feel like at the end of the year, I should have my opportunity to make my own decision. I shouldn't be criticized for waiting for the end of the year."
The Lakers have struggled throughout the season, both with injuries and cohesiveness.
"It's not [difficult] for me," Howard said. "Everybody else wants me to talk about the future. But for me, the only thing I'm concerned with right now is to have fun at All-Star Weekend, and continue to train so I can come back and have a pretty good second half. I'm not going to deal with it. I had to deal with it all last year. I'm not going to do it again. There's no need to talk about it. I want to have fun."