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Lakers Nation can finally rejoice. Or at least exhale.
Dwight Howard finally made his decision to return to basketball this season.
Howard’s agent, Charles Briscoe, went on CNN to explain just how much was on Howard’s mind in the process of making this decision.
“He isn’t saying that basketball shouldn’t be played. He is simply saying that you should not be taking attention away from what is going on in the country to talk about basketball,” Briscoe said. “Basketball is just a sport, at the end of the day. But what’s going on with people dying in the streets, that’s something real.
“That statement (his decision) had nothing to do with sports. It had everything to do with racism and social injustice.”
Social justice progress wasn’t the only detail to ponder on his decision.
This all comes just months after the mother of Howard’s 6-year-old son passed away due to complications with COVID-19.
“It’s been one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to deal with,” Howard said. “Usually if things are happening, we have basketball to keep our minds going.”
Dwight Howard chose to keep his mind going by returning to a Lakers organization having given them 7.5 points on 74% shooting to go along with 7.4 rebounds averaging just over a block per game. He has emerged into the Comeback Player of the Year conversation and the Lakers can look forward to seeing him back when the team reports to Disney World on July 9.
Howard also announced to the NBA’s front office his commitment to social justice by donating the remaining $700,000 to the Breath Again Foundation.