Dwight Howard appeared on ESPN's Sunday Conversation yesterday. During the interview, he sat across from Ric Bucher and discussed, amongst other things, his move to Los Angeles, the role he played in getting Stan Van Gundy fired, and his curious decision to opt in to his contract with the Orlando Magic midway through last season. But, the most interesting part of the convo took place when DH explained that all he was trying to do for the last year was make people not hate him.
"It was a tug of war between my feelings and the fans and everybody else and their feelings and what happened to LeBron [James]," he said. "And, I saw him—everybody hated him for leaving Cleveland and what he did. I never wanted anybody to hate me, you know? I wanted everybody to love me, you know, like me, for sticking around and doing what they wanted me to do. And making everybody else happy…That was a valuable lesson for me. I can't make everybody happy."
It was an expensive lesson, too. Because, unless you're a Lakers fan, there's a good chance that you do hate Howard right now. At least he's happy, though, right?
[via Ball Don't Lie]