Obviously Lakers fans didn't take the departure of Dwight too well, as it lead to some overly negative reactions such as people burning D12 jerseys. Returning to L.A. for the first time since leaving for Houston, Howard was greeted by a chorus of booze inside the Staples Center. Asked to compare this situation to when he returned to Orlando last year to play the Magic, the big man said there is no comparison since he spent all but one year with Orlando, but he understands why fans in Los Angeles can be so passionate about their team.
Even speaking about individuals who burned his jerseys, Howard has nothing negative to say, and again chalks it up to fans being passionate.
“This is a totally different situation,” Howard said. “I was in Orlando for eight years. That was my home. I grew up in Orlando. Going back home was tough for me. It was tough for a lot of the fans there. The situation was completely different. I never tried to do anything to hurt these people in LA. I understand their passionate about their team. You do something that is best for you, everybody might not like it. They tend to react in crazy ways.
“I’ve seen the jerseys getting burned and the Coward jerseys, all that stuff. That’s just fans being passionate about their team. It’s totally understandable. I have nothing bad to say about those people.”
Some mature talk coming from Dwight is good to hear, especially since you know it's killing him that so many people "hate" him this year, but if he can continue to keep a level head about it and be mature maybe he can win fans back quicker.