Dwight Howard’s Hollywood experiment did not go as planned last season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The all-star center had his worst season in recent years and subsequently spurned the Lakers’ five-year $118 million offer for the Rockets’ four-year, $87.6 million contract last July.
It will mark Howard’s first game against his former team at Staples Center as a member of the Rockets.
“There’s a couple things that could’ve been done, but that’s over with now,” Howard said Tuesday afternoon (via ESPN). “I’m in a better place, our team is doing great and the Lakers, they’ll come back. But hopefully this is the Rockets’ time.”
Howard, who was named to his eighth consecutive all-star team, is averaging 18.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.
He fully expects a hostile Staples Center when he arrives on court.
“I think there will be a lot of boos,” Howard said (via ESPN). “I can’t really focus too much on that. I know I’m going to hear it the whole game. All the noises, whatever you want to call it, ‘Coward.’ There’s not anything I can do about it except to go out and play.”
When: 10:30 p.m. ET
Season head-to-head record: 1-1 (Nov. 7, 2013 – Lakers won 99-98 at Houston, Jan. 8, 2014 – Rockets won 113-99 at Houston)