Dwight Howard has become much maligned throughout all of basketball. Despite his solid performance this season while playing through injuries, Howard's persona on the court is starting to rub people the wrong way. Now, he admits his conditioning may have cost the Los Angeles Lakers some games.
According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles, Howard recognizes that his inconsistent energy and conditioning is the reason for some of the team's losses. He has held his hat in his hands in the past and vowed to improve, but in many people's eyes, he still has not done enough.
"You've got to have energy and I want to bring that energy every night," Howard said in a revealing interview Saturday afternoon. "That's my job. They count on me to be that guy. I just know how much more effective I will be when I'm in better shape. And, unfortunately, it's cost us a lot of games."Howard had back surgery in the offseason before this year began. He then struggled with adapting to the new offense in Los Angeles. Finally, a torn labrum in his shoulder has limited him even further. The Lakers now simply need production out of the big man.
In his career, Howard has averaged 18.3 points and 12.9 rebounds per game. So far this season, though, he is averaging 16.5 points and 11.9 rebounds per game.