Dwight Howard should follow his own advice.
The dominant center, now with the Houston Rockets after bolting the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency during the 2013 offseason, said that he's grown tired of discussing his Lakers "career." Via Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:
It's over with. I mean, there’s no need to talk about it. Things happen. It wasn’t the best situation for anybody. I made a decision to move on with my life. I’m in a much better place than I was last season mentally, physically. I think I made the best decision for Dwight.
He could have just stopped right there. But he didn't. Instead, he took a parting shot at the Lakers and their fans everywhere.
When asked about his tenure in Los Angeles, Howard offered the following:
Dwight Howard: "Fans are very passionate about their team and unfortunately the Lakers have the most fans in the world ... [cont.]— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) November 4, 2013
Tell us how you really feel, Dwight.
But he didn't stop there. He went on to add more context:
Dwight Howard:"But that’s just fans being passionate about their team and it’s totally understandable. I have nothing bad to say about" them— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) November 4, 2013
DH: "I’ve never been a bad guy and I won’t be [one] ever. I’ll always be gracious and happy to have the opportunity to play for the Lakers."— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) November 4, 2013
Howard is well within his rights to have his voice heard, but as someone who knows the Lakers have "the most fans in the world" and is working voraciously to revamp his image after two straight tumultuous, drama-filled seasons, he could have made a better choice with his words.
Howard's time with the Lakers wasn't what anyone expected, but both he and the Lakers have moved on, and both sides are better off for doing exactly that.
Sometimes, the most important part of an experiment is recognizing what works and what doesn't before it's too late, and that's exactly what Howard decided to do when he signed with the Rockets.