Stan Van Gundy on Dwight Howard: “He’s accepted his role here with the Lakers”

Dwight Howard
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Former NBA head coach Stan Van Gundy shared his thoughts about Dwight Howard’s role with the Los Angeles Lakers. Van Gundy, who has coached Howard back in his Orlando Magic days, says his former player is playing to his strengths.

“He’s accepted his role here with the Lakers which is to defend, block shots, rebound and run the floor. He knows he’s not going to get a lot of touches offensively unless he gets them off the glass and he’s accepted that. And he’s playing to his strengths. He’s always been a tremendous defender and he’s doing that in these series,” Van Gundy said.

The former number one draft pick averaged 7.5 points and 7.3 rebounds in 18.9 minutes per game for the Lakers. Howard’s stats for this year’s playoffs are 6.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in 17.4 minutes of play.