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.
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.
Lakers center Dwight Howard on being reported for not wearing a mask: "I think everyone is making a big deal out of it. I feel like we’re in the safest place in Orlando. We’re getting tested every day and are around each other."
Dwight Howard for getting reported for not wearing a mask: "It would be pointless for anyone to say anything. I understand being outside of it, the mask is very important. So I won't say it's not needed. But since we’re here in this bubble, I feel like we’re safe."
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.
Dwight Howard mentions Breonna Taylor and that none of the police officers involved in her death have been held responsible yet. Dwight brings up how that issue is far more important on if he's wearing a mask or not.
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.
Lakers center Dwight Howard told @TheAthleticNBA@Stadium today he has decided to play in restarted NBA season, join the team on Thursday in Orlando, and will donate his remaining game checks to his non-profit campaign Breathe Again.
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.
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.
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.
Melissa Rios, the mother of Dwight Howard's six-year-old son, died a little over a month ago due to epilepsy. During a call with reporters, he shared the difficulty of having to explain that to his son, and also his gratitude that he is able to spent time with his kids right now.
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.