Remember that awkward press conference just after Dwight Howard opted into the final year of his deal with Orlando where he talked about “loyalty” and his love of the city and it’s fans? Well, the (now) Lakers center wants them to know that last part was true at least. Howard took out a full page ad in the Orlando-Sentinel to profess his love, and give thanks, to the city where he became a perennial All-Star and three-time Defensive Player of the Year.
“To play the game of basketball in the NBA is a blessing and to have had the opportunity to play before the Orlando fans for eight years was truly a privilege and an honor. Words cannot express the love that I have for Orlando. With your support we have done great things in this city from hanging banners to impacting our youth.
“Although my career with the Magic has come to a close, my love for the city and the people that make it beautiful will never end.”
Doubt this will stop fans from booing him on his first visit back though.