Dwight Howard decided to leave the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason to sign with the Houston Rockets.

"He was never really a Laker," said Jim Buss of Howard. "He was just passing through."

According to those close to Howard, he could have been persuaded to re-sign with the Lakers.

Jeanine Buss believes Howard would have remained with the Lakers if her father Jerry Buss was still alive.

Jim Buss never really spent time with Howard and the team instead launched a series of billboards around Los Angeles asking him to "Stay."