Sixers veteran Dwight Howard reminisces on his time with Wizards

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Philadelphia 76ers veteran big man Dwight Howard has had an interesting NBA career. He was the undisputed best big man in the game during the early part of his eight seasons with the Orlando Magic before making stops with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Houston Rockets, the Atlanta Hawks, the Charlotte Hornets, the Washington Wizards and the Lakers again before ending up in Philadelphia.

As the Sixers get set to take on the Wizards in the first round of the playoffs on Sunday, the veteran big man reminisced on his time in D.C. It was a tough time for him. He played in nine games due to back surgery, and he averaged 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds.

After the injury, it would have been easy for Howard to retire. Instead, he battled.

“Staying positive and staying locked in on what the goal is,” Howard stated. “I was about to have back surgery when I was in Washington. I just wish I was a little bit more healthier after the back surgery, but I’m looking forward to playing these guys.”

The Wizards offer a unique challenge due to the way their season has gone. They were once 17-32 on the season before battling back and finishing 34-38 and earning the No. 8 seed in the play-in tournament led by Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal.

“Washington, we didn’t have a really good season I was there because of a lot of injuries and stuff like that, but I’m looking forward to playing these guys in the playoffs,” Howard continued. “I think the last couple months of the season, Washington has been playing really excellent basketball. I think with the addition of Russ and the two bigs and the rest of the guys they’ve really made a difference with their team.”

The Wizards love to push the pace. They led the league in that department per basketball-reference and they will challenge Philadelphia in this series. Howard and the Sixers will have to be ready.

“We have to be ready for their pressure, their intensity, and effort that they’re going to bring,” the veteran finished. “We know how Russ is and how Brad is so it’s gonna be a competitive series. It’s all smiles and love. We’re looking forward to having a fun series.”

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