Dwight Howard says he’s been having thoughts about retiring from the NBA because he doesn’t feel teams will allow him to play.
During an appearance on Showtime’s All The Smoke, former Los Angeles Lakers baller Dwight Howard opened up about considering leaving his basketball career altogether.
“I wanna play, but at the same there’s like no teams that really wanna allow me to play,” said Howard.
“That’s how I’ve been feeling from the last situation with the Lakers. I felt like I did enough to help them win a championship to really deserve a spot on the team and a chance to start and get big minutes, and it didn’t happen. So after that I was like, ‘Man, I don’t wanna have to bust my ass for another whole summer, train three-a-days, go on a crazy diet, do all this s–t and then get back to a team and sit on the bench or not get to really help somebody win.’… And it’s been like, ‘Damn, do I wanna just call it quits and do some other stuff or go back at it and show people I still got it.'”
According to the Bleacher Report, Howard hasn’t played for more than 20 minutes per game while playing for Charolette Hornets for a full season back in 2017 to 2018.
Back in April, Howard mentioned that he’d like to end his career playing for the Lakers, the Bleacher Report reports.
“Why do I want to leave? I want to be cemented somewhere. I love being here. I love the fans. I have a good time,” he said in the previous interview. “I really want an opportunity where I can really go out with a bang. I’ve only got a couple years left, so I want an opportunity where I can go out and show my skills and talent and do it in the right way, but also win. I feel like I deserve it.”