Just a few short months ago, it seemed that there was no way the league’s top center would find his way to the City of Angels and that he would either be taking his talents to Brooklyn or Dallas for at least one year.
However, a blockbuster deal was brokered between Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Denver and Orlando and Howard now finds himself running the floors alongside Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol in the Staples Center.
Although he has not formally committed to staying in Los Angeles beyond the 2012-2013 season, after which he will be an unrestricted free agent, it is widely speculated that he will remain in L.A. for the long haul.
The Lakers are one of the league’s most successful and storied franchises and with that are able to offer D12 certain things, both on and off the court, that no other ball club could have offered him to the same extent.
A player of his caliber could easily have gone to any team in the NBA, but here are 10 things provided to Dwight Howard by his new team that will keep him in Los Angeles once the summer of 2013 rolls around.