Dwight Howard may not be averse to playing with another star, but he wants to remain the team's focal point.

"I don't think there's a player in the NBA that wants to be a nobody," Howard said after shootaround Thursday morning. "I think everybody wants to be that guy to take the last shot or be that guy that everybody is leaning on, for whatever reason.

"And I don't think there's any problem wanting to be that guy. I've been that guy for this team since I've been here. And my whole life I've been put in the position of leadership, and I take on that role and I love doing it. Just by what people think, it's very tough being a leader."

Howard's comments came in Chicago and at least partially in relation to the possibility of playing with Derrick Rose.