Dwight Howard
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Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss talked about her decision to bring Dwight Howard back to the team last summer.

Buss stated the reunion with the 34-year-old big man would not have happened had not for some wise words she learned from the legendary Phil Jackson.

“Really, you don’t give up on anybody. Phil Jackson taught me that. Because you know Phil, before he coached the Bulls, he coached in the CBA, he coached in Puerto Rico, and he said every player will develop at his own rate.

You can’t force somebody to develop faster than anybody else. Some players are ready to play in the NBA at 18, he said some guys aren’t ready until they’re 26 or 27. You can’t paint them as just ‘okay, this guy is this, so therefore give up on them,” Buss said Friday on the “Daddy Issues with Joe Buck and Oliver Hudson” podcast.