Will participate, will not participate … Dwight Howard finally decided. After having questioned his presence for a time during the recovery of the NBA because of his militant commitments, the pivot of the Lakers announced Monday that he would finally be well off to Orlando. “Yes, I will join my team in Orlando. But besides that, we will do great things, “announced the 34-year-old on the set. CNN Monday evening, mixing his title ambitions and his commitments against racism and police violence. The right hand of 2009 NBA finalist LeBron James will donate all of his wages for the recovery, about $ 700,000, to his charity Breathe Again. “I have to. I have a contractual commitment to the Lakers, my teammates and the fans. However, I also have a commitment to my family and my community, “added No. 1 of the 2004 Draft. The NBA must resume from July 30 in Orlando with 22 teams, which will play games without spectators.
So far, the American has cast doubt on his participation in the resumption of the season because he feared that the return of the NBA in the Orlando bubble would distance it from its commitment against police violence and racism, hot topics in the United States since the death of George Floyd on May 25 at the hands of a police officer. Led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers are among the favorites for the NBA title, which has eluded them since 2010. “I feel we have a great opportunity to be champions this year,” said the former player of the Orlando Magic, still looking for its first NBA title after 16 seasons in the American League. The Los Angeles franchise, however, will have to do without American back Avery Bradley, who has refused to fight the end of the season to protect his wife and three children from the coronavirus pandemic.