In an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal said he wants Dwight Howard to do well with the Los Angeles Lakers:

“Listen: I wish him well. My only advice to him is he needs to dig deep – really deep. I know he’s a big man, he works hard, he wants to win a championship and he wants to get it done.

My message to the great Dwight Howard is: I know everybody’s counting you out and everybody’s messing with you, but if you dig deep down and play with that anger and play with that ferocity and stop kidding around and use LeBron and Kyle Kuzma. Because they actually got a team good team, right?

In Miami, I was 34 – same as Dwight – I was on my way out, people thought I was washed up when I left L.A., but I dug deep down and said, ‘You know what? I can do this.’ If he does everything he’s supposed to do: Focus, no joking no playing, just dig deep down and really want it, they could possibly win,” O’Neal said.

Howard missed most part of the 2018-19 season owing to injuries, averaging 12.8 points along with 9.2 rebounds per game.