Dwight Howard Says Batman Inspired Him To Leave The Lakers
Dwight Howard might claim Superman as his alter-ego, but it was Batman who inspired him to leave the Lakers and join the Rockets.
Continuing to just blurt out responses at times, and perhaps be too honest with reporters about his decision, Dwight tells USA Today that he took inspiration from an exchange in a Dark Knight movie to decide to bolt L.A. for Houston. In the scene, Bruce Wayne's butler, Alfred, tells the superhero vigilante that he must endure the criticism from outside forces, as part of being the hero is being strong enough to stand to them.
Yes, Howard is equating his decision to leave the Lakers, with Batman defending the fate of a city at all costs.
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.’ “
This is the second such analogy we've heard from Dwight lately, as he recently said that LeBron James enduring all the hate and criticism, only to rise to the top, had inspired him. So Howard's like a mix of Batman and LeBron James with a mix of a pre-adolescent who likes to dress up as Superman. I'm being droll of course, but all will be forgiven for Dwight if he can net results for the Rockets this year.