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Tonight should be a good match-up as Dwight Howard returns to the Staples center tonight to face Lakers for his first appearance as a Houston Rocket. What will be the response, and how does Dwight feel? He spoke with ESPN and had this to say:

“There’s a couple things that could’ve been done, but that’s over with now. I’m in a better place, our team is doing great and the Lakers, they’ll come back. But hopefully this is the Rockets’ time. I think I still might follow them on Twitter, that’s about it. I think there will be a lot of boos, I can’t really focus too much on that. I know I’m going to hear it the whole game. All the noises, whatever you want to call it, ‘Coward.’ There’s not anything I can do about it except to go out and play.”

He still also feels a little bad that things did not work out in Los Angelos saying:

“This year I’ve been through it a lot in every city because there are Laker fans everywhere. Every city I get booed in. I think I’m a little bit prepared for it. When you’re not healthy and you’re trying to play through injuries and stuff like that, it’s not fun. You’re hurt and there’s things you want to do but you can’t. I know last year, I can recall a lot of times I’d go up for dunks and I didn’t have it. And I’m like man, this isn’t fun. I tried to do whatever I could to help the team win, but I was really hurting myself as far as my back and stuff like that.”

“Back in Orlando, I was there for my whole career and fans had gotten to know me on a personal level. I know that a lot of people were very hurt,” Howard said. “With this situation, it being my first year, and I left after that. People were mad that I left the Lakers and nobody’s ever left the Lakers, so they were upset about that.”

He talks about what shaped his overall decision to leave the Lakers:

“But at the end of the day, I did what I felt was best for myself. I wasn’t afraid of any bright lights or pressure. I just felt like Houston was the best place for me. Other people might see it differently, but that’s what I chose. It’s my destiny, it’s my life and I feel like I did the right thing.” -Dwight Howard

The Houston Rockets vs. LA Lakers game airs tonight at 10pm est on ESPN. To read the full story check it out here.

via ESPN