As he sits on a couch inside Toyota Center, which he now calls his basketball home, discussing his decision to leave the Los Angeles Lakers that was so hard to make but so easy to understand, he recalls the words that rang so true.
"I actually wrote (them) down and can tell it to you — it's from Batman," Howard tells USA TODAY Sports. "Batman and Alfred were having a discussion (in the 2012 Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises), and Batman didn't like what was going on and he felt like the best thing he could do was just hide.
"Alfred told him, 'You have to endure it. You have to take it. People will hate you for it, but that's the point of being a legend. You can be that outcast. You can make the choice that no one else can make, and that's the right choice.' "
"I kind of took that with me in this situation in L.A.," he continues. "It was hard, something that most people wouldn't have done, because they're looking at the whole situation and people are going to think that I'm running (from the pressure), and people are going to think this or that.
"But I'm like, 'Man, I want to be this legend, I want to be at the top. So I have to endure all that hate, all that criticism. I have to take it, and that's what's going to make me the person and the player I am.' "
Howard was on a plane from Aspen, Colo., to Los Angeles when news reports claimed — despite a USA TODAY Sports report revealing his decision to join the Rockets — he was having second thoughts. The news sparked the latest public bashing of Howard on social media, with fans and news media alike criticizing him for what appeared to be another dose of unnecessary drama. The problem, Howard said, is that it never happened.
"That was not the case," Howard says. "I was very upset about it when all that stuff started to come out, because that's not what was going on. I decided … the night before it came out, and my thinking was, 'Let me get back to L.A. and sit in front of Mitch (Kupchak, Lakers general manager) and give the Lakers that respect.' I wanted to tell them in person.
"There was no (thought of), 'Oh man, hold up, let me think about this again.' The night before, when I had decided, I sat down with everybody — my agent, my best friend who was there and my bodyguard, and we talked. I said this is where I want to go. I told my dad that this is where I want to go. I said tomorrow, when I get home, we're going to talk to the Lakers. I'm going to tell the other teams on the phone, and that's what I did."
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Posted October 20, 2013 - 06:10 PM
Posted October 20, 2013 - 06:12 PM
To Houston, Robin!
Trade for Austin Rivers, say, Hill & Johnson.
Posted October 20, 2013 - 06:24 PM
Not only does he completely get the quote wrong, that speech by Alfred was from the dark knight
While bruce hiding was from TDKR
So Dwight took advice from quotes he doesn't even understand
Posted October 20, 2013 - 06:27 PM
While I get Affleck was a strange choice for Batman I honestly thought he was good in Daredevil. While so many people bashed him on it and then deciding as a result he would do as bad on this Batman. Maybe I am in the minority.
Oh and at times it feels like Lebron and Howard compete for the most obscure quotes and lines in the offseason.
Posted October 20, 2013 - 06:31 PM
I'm tired this whole topic of the "leaving the lakers" n crap...just hush and play basketball.
Posted October 20, 2013 - 06:36 PM
So he left the Lakers just to prove a point?
Have fun in Houston is all I have to say.
Funny thing is he spent his entire free agency trying to be the "anti-Lebron" when it came to his decision in Orlando.
Know what would have made him the anti-LeBron?
For literally everything to go wrong while he's on the Lakers and have faith in the organization and want to make it his own.
But he didn't. So that's on him, and now he is exactly where LeBron was when he made his decision.
Dwight can try to change it about anyway he wants to, every time he speaks he makes it sound like he left to Lakers just to prove you could. He lost to Batman already, and knew as long as he was on Batman's team he'd never be good enough to graduate from being Robin, so he left to go join the teen titans and hopes he'll stand out, but Robin was already there training to be Batman, and that's when Dwight realized that he wasn't ever Robin... he was Beast Boy....
his philosophy of "I had to leave the Lakers. That way all the attention would be focused on me. All the hate would be focused on me!! That way if I win a championship I'll be a legend!! I'll be a guy that left the Lakers willingly and won a championship without them!!"
Once again.. "pay attention to me" was the reasoning behind his decision. What else is new?
Edited by Majesty, October 20, 2013 - 06:40 PM.
I've always liked Steve Blake.
Posted October 20, 2013 - 06:46 PM
He tried the F out of my favorite hero. Stick to weak ass Superman.
"Blake and Parker are good at canceling each other out till our bench point guard comes in" - Majesty aka Bird Ish (12/4/13)
Posted October 20, 2013 - 06:54 PM
teen titans was a great cartoon before they rebooted it lol
Posted October 20, 2013 - 07:01 PM
He needs to shut his damn mouth and just prove himself if he wants it all to stop.
Posted October 20, 2013 - 07:07 PM
Does Dwight know that Batman came back to save the city after failing it? I don't think he watched the movie all the way through.
Posted October 20, 2013 - 09:13 PM
Posted October 20, 2013 - 10:01 PM
Posted October 20, 2013 - 10:16 PM
Didn't Batman also say "Gotham isn't beyond saving" when everything went wrong?
I've always liked Steve Blake.
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