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Dwight Howard got gift in bubble from Kawhi Leonard

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The Los Angeles Lakers and the LA Clippers will be battling for Western Conference supremacy over the next couple of months, but that is not stopping Kawhi Leonard from showing some hospitality.

Lakers center Dwight Howard revealed in a post to his Instagram Story on Saturday that he had gotten a gift in the bubble from the Clippers star, specifically a package of some New Balance gear.

“Kawhi thanks for the gear bro,” Howard wrote in the caption.

Leonard has become the face of New Balance and was even spotted earlier this year representing the brand at a strip club. Howard, meanwhile, used to be an Adidas athlete before signing a deal with Chinese brand Peak in 2015. As of this season however, he is a sneaker free agent, so this might be a recruitment effort on Leonard’s part.

While there are rivalries between other members of the Lakers and Clippers, Leonard and Howard appear to be cool enough with each other, at least for the purposes of potential business opportunities.

Dwight Howard says he does not believe in vaccines

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Dwight Howard says he does not believe in vaccinations.

The Los Angeles Lakers center was answering fan questions during an Instagram Live session over the weekend and was asked whether he believes in vaccinations.

“Do I believe in vaccinations? No, I don’t. That’s my personal opinion. But, no, I don’t,” he said.

Howard’s behavior surrounding health issues has been a recent topic as he also got reported for not wearing a mask in Orlando, though he defended himself for that.

The 34-year-old is averaging 7.5 points and 7.4 rebounds in 19.2 minutes per game, sharing the center spot with JaVale McGee. His Lakers enter the resumed season as the No. 1 seed in the West.

Dwight Howard defends himself after being reported for not wearing mask

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Dwight Howard isn’t buying that his failure to wear a mask is a big story.

Howard admitted that he had been reported to the NBA’s anonymous tip line for not wearing a mask in the Orlando bubble and had subsequently received a warning. On Saturday, the Los Angeles Lakers center said he found it “pointless” to have been reported since everyone in the bubble is being tested regularly and has very limited contact with those in the outside world.

Howard went on to raise awareness of Breonna Taylor and how the fact that none of the police officers involved in her death have been charged, which he said was more important than him wearing a mask or not.

Howard can console himself in the knowledge that he apparently hasn’t been the only one who’s been reported to the NBA’s tip line.

Dwight Howard will join Lakers for NBA restart in Orlando

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Dwight Howard has made a decision about participating in the NBA restart in Orlando.

Howard will join his Los Angeles Lakers in Orlando on Thursday, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported.

Howard had been ambivalent about playing in the restart as he weighed social issues and family matters, but he has decided to play.

This is good news for the Lakers, who were expecting him to participate. The 34-year-old is averaging 7.5 points and 7.4 rebounds in 19.2 minutes per game at center for the Lakers, sharing the spot with JaVale McGee.

The Lakers are among the favorites to win the championship, so having Howard will help them in their quest to win it all.

Lakers GM says there are ‘extenuating circumstances’ surrounding Dwight Howard

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The Los Angeles Lakers are set to begin their training camp on Wednesday as they prepare for July’s restarted season in Orlando, Fla. They have signed J.R. Smith to take the place of Avery Bradley, and the team is unsure whether Dwight Howard will be joining them to compete at Disney World. They recognize Howard is dealing with some tough factors.

“We are going to continue to work through those extenuating circumstances with Dwight, support him, support his 6-year-old son and hope for the best that he would be a part of our roster in Orlando,” Lakers GM and VP Rob Pelinka told reporters on Tuesday, via the Los Angeles Times.

The mother of one of Howard’s children died in March due to epilepsy, which shook the Lakers center. He has also been weighing social issues and to what extent playing might detract from his ability to make change.

A previous report said the Lakers believed the 34-year-old would participate in the restart, but the matter is still uncertain.

Howard is averaging 7.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 19.2 minutes per game this season and sharing time with Javale McGee at center for the Lakers.

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Dwight Howard is going through a lot after death of baby mother, Danny Green says

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Dwight Howard has been showing ambivalence towards playing in the NBA’s resumed season in Orlando and has still not given the Los Angeles Lakers an official answer yet about his status.

Beyond just societal issues, Howard is having family issues, one teammate says.

Danny Green was on his “Inside the Green Room” show and talked about Howard’s situation.

“I talked to Dwight, and there are just some things that are bigger than basketball. You never know what’s going on with guys’ families. Just hearing in the background what Dwight’s going through, I understood fully. There’s more than one thing going on in his life beyond the protests … the loss of his baby mother, but there’s lots going on that people don’t know about,” Green said.

Melissa Rios, the mother of Howard’s 6-year-old son, died in late March due to a fatal epileptic seizure.

Howard has five children by five women and has more going on even beyond Rios’ death, according to Green.

A recent report said the Lakers felt Howard would still participate in the restarted season next month.

Report: Lakers believe Dwight Howard will participate in Orlando restart

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Dwight Howard has been at the forefront of discussions about player concerns regarding the NBA’s plan to resume the 2019-2020 season in Orlando next month, but the Los Angeles Lakers still expect him to play.

A Los Angeles Times article published on Wednesday said the following about Howard: “There is a belief around the organization that Howard plans to play”.

As recently as Sunday, Howard’s agent said the center had not made a decision on playing. Howard has been concerned that participating in a restart would distract from pushing forward a social injustice agenda. Some players feel otherwise.

The Lakers were 49-14 when the season was suspended in March and are among the favorites to win the NBA championship.

Howard is averaging 7.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 19.2 minutes per game this season and sharing time with Javale McGee at center for the Lakers.

Lakers fans, show everyone who runs LA with this great T-shirt. It makes a perfect gift for you or a friend. You can buy it here.