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In a recent interview, given to The Athletic, Dwight Howard admitted that he ‘hated’ Los Angeles when he left, but he had to let it go, when Lakers’ offered him a contract.

“Without any hesitation or anything like that, I was like, ‘Hell yeah, I’d come back and play for the Lakers,’” Howard told The Athletic following a Lakers off day in early January, shortly after his contract was guaranteed for the rest of the season. “Why wouldn’t I? For me, it was kind of like in my heart I was full of forgiveness towards the fans and how the situation ended. I think after that first stint I was super angry. I hated L.A., I hated all that stuff, but I had to let all that go. And it just made my life better,” Howard explained.

Howard is having a solid season with the Lakers, averaging 7.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per his 19.8 minutes in a game.