Howard finally realized his dream of a championship as a Lakers player. Picture/Social Media
Beijing News (Reporter Xu Bangyin) Orlando, Finals, Lakers, Howard was very familiar with these keywords. In the 2009 NBA Finals, Howard, wearing the Orlando Magic jersey, lost to the Lakers and missed the championship. Eleven years later, in Orlando Disney's closed park, Howard finally realized his dream championship as a Lakers player.
As the league’s five-time rebounder and three-time block leader, Howard has been selected as the best defensive player of the season 3 times, the All-Season Team 8 times, and the All-Star game 8 times. This year is the 16th in the "Warcraft" career For the last season, the only regret was that he never missed the championship.
Eleven years ago, Howard led the Magic to defeat the Cavaliers led by James and made a historic break into the Finals, but was swept by the Lakers led by Kobe. In the summer of 2012, Howard briefly joined the Lakers for the championship, only to play for one season before leaving the team. Many unpleasant things made the Lakers a team he avoided talking about.
After playing for the Rockets, Hawks, Hornets, Wizards and other teams, Howard renewed his lead with the Lakers in the summer of 2019. When he made this decision, he had put aside all the prejudices in his mind, forgot the many contradictions in his first appearance, and fought again for the championship, "My goal is to win, and there is nothing more important than this." Now, He finally completed the redemption in the Lakers.
Whether it’s a video analysis class or team training, Howard has always been extremely focused. In official games, he no longer cares about playing time and position in the team. He is willing to be the green leaf of the team. When the coaching staff needs him to come forward, "Warcraft" spared no effort, exuding one of the few waste heat.
Throughout the playoffs, Howard's playing time was very limited. Against the Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals, he did not get a chance to play in three consecutive games. The entire series only played 16 minutes. Facing the Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals, when the team couldn't effectively limit Jokic's play, Howard was ordered to make his debut, allowing opponents to taste the power of the former best defensive player in the league. On the stage of the finals, Vogel chose to trust Howard and put him in the starting line many times.
Both on and off the court are extremely focused, accepting the arrangement of the coaching staff relentlessly. In the peak season, Howard may be difficult to do this. But this year, Howard is 34 years old. Nothing is more important than the championship. The Lakers will win the championship all the way, and Howard has successfully fulfilled his wish.
Beijing News reporter Xu bangyin
Editor Han Shuangming proofread Zhao Lin
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