As everyone should know by now, the ever-dragging Dwight Howard saga finally came to a shocking conclusion on Friday afternoon. Howard was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers to help form an absolute super team, and we have the reaction of plenty around the league, including Kobe Bryant, Deron Williams and even Howard himself. To find the reactions and opinions of NBA writers, you can click here. Also, see Shaquille O’Neal’s Tweet of the Day and Jalen Rose’s Tweet of the Night for their respective thoughts on the trade.
Here is the first video of Dwight Howard’s reaction on his move to Los Angeles, from TMZ:
Stephen A. Smith details Howard’s excitement in this video:
DeMarcus Cousins posted the following picture after finding out about the trade, via Tom Ziller of SB Nation:
Bryant also said that the Howard deal is even better than the Chris Paul deal that fell through last season, according to Marc Berman of The New York Post: “Deron said he had lost hope on DH sweepstakes while Kobe positively glowed last night. “The CP3 trade fell though – which would have been great deal for us financially and basketball-wise — and all of a sudden, that gets pulled out from underneath us,’’ Bryant said. “Then they regroup and they come up with something that’s even better. It’s unprecedented.’’ Kobe and Durant have already been joking about the destined WC Finals.”
Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated has Pau Gasol’s quote from his conversation with Craig Sager: “Lakers forward Pau Gasol discussed the Dwight Howard trade with Craig Sager on NBC after Spain’s victory over Russia in the Olympic semifinals: “Well obviously I wish the best to my friend Andrew (Bynum). He’s a young player, talented and full of potential and I wish him the best. Obviously having Dwight with us is going to be a big deal. Once the Olympics are over, I’m going to be truly excited to get back to work with my teammates and obviously we have a very powerful team now.”