LA Lakers center Dwight Howard reacts after he was fouled during a game against the Miami Heat.

While his days as a superstar are long behind him, Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard has carved out a nice niche for himself as a fast hitting hitter off the bench. Even if the Lake Show stumbled and stumbled through the early campaign, Howard continues to thrive in small doses.

In just 13.4 minutes per contest, Howard averages 5.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks Steals. He also makes 67.4% of his field goal attempts and stands 5 for 7 out of the three-point range in the early campaign.

Without his contributions last season, the Sixers might not have been number 1 by East when Joel Embiid was injured. And Lakers fans know perfectly well how important he was to the team’s title run in the bubble during his previous stay in LA.

However, as Howard sees it, his contributions are not properly recognized. He believes there is a bad reputation at play that has haunted him for several years.

Howard spoke to GQ’s Tyler Tynes for an article that hit the web on November 24th that was full of revelations. For example, did you know that Howard once owned over 50 snakes? Or that he’s an expert on giraffes? Plus, he still seems to love Orlando very much.

Of all the clips Howard made available in the interview, this could be the biggest – he firmly believes his critics and media outlets are responsible for putting him in to turn into some kind of villain. And it can affect his money.

“It’s like someone posting these stories to lower my worth. And because I’m not talking about this stuff, [people] have to think it’s true, ”he told GQ. “It’s a lose-lose situation when you talk about it. I even look at my numbers from last year: If I played 20 to 25 minutes a night, I would have an average of over 17 rebounds per game. ”He’s not wrong about his incredible efficiency. Based on his minute production in 2020-21, he would have been a double-double type with 10.1 points and 12.1 rebounds (and 1.3 blocks) over just 25 minutes per contest … as a 35-year-old. According to Howard, this is a level of performance that exceeds his paycheck.

“This year’s rating says I am 400% underpaid by [the Lakers],” said Howard.

In his view, this is negative publicity that keeps coming up despite its production, the same lie that is told over and over.

“People always say that I am one way or another, that this is his reputation, this is what he does. I see – you won’t be the good person in everyone’s story. For some people, you will be the bad guy. But how could I walk away from the greatest person in Orlando with the greatest smile and fun and then it started to transform? I would see articles asking if I smiled too much. Why do you want to take someone’s smile off? … I’m damned if I do and damned if I don’t. ”

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Howard also noted that working with a super team probably didn’t do him a favor to get recognized for what he does. When asked by Tynes if he felt like he was largely a minor matter or if it was related to his signing with the Lakers, the eight-time NBA All-Star and the three-time DPOY said:

Both. I watch when ESPN is highlighting the Lakers: obviously they’re going to show LeBron and Anthony Davis or Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook. And I and Rajon Rondo are left out like we haven’t done great things in our careers. Like we weren’t great. We are always excluded from certain things. I try not to look too deep, but it is. We have achieved extraordinary things in this league and we still are. So, while we’re playing, we should get some credit for our hard work. I don’t want anyone to kiss my butt or anything. But appreciation should go a long way, especially when people are alive

We value a ring so much. [People say] “He doesn’t have a ring so you can’t be considered that great.” But the championship is won if you make it into the NBA. It’s the hardest shit in the world to make it through.