Dwight Howard Opens Up To CBS2/KCAL9′s Kristine Leahy About Criticism, Future With Lakers

Originally posted on CBS Los Angeles:

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — When the Lakers acquired Dwight Howard over the summer, L.A. was elated and the purple and gold immediately rejoined the ranks of NBA contenders.

But all that quickly changed as injuries limited Howard’s production and dominance on the court. Howard said he hit “rock bottom” when he had to undergo surgery and people questioned his injuries.

“I played through some tough games, but this wasn’t something that was going to stop playing basketball,” he said. “When people questioned that, that was the one thing that got me really upset.”

Off the court, he struggled to co-exist with Kobe Bryant and find comfort in the big market spotlight.

“I don’t have a bad bone in my body. So when I hear these things like, ‘Coach killers’ and ‘Doesn’t really love basketball,’ all this crazy stuff, I just laugh at it,” Howard said. “People…

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