While meeting with reporters following his introductory press conference in July, Wizards' center, Dwight Howard, dropped the news that the defending-champion Golden State Warriors had also reached out, and that he chose the Wizards in part because of John Wall's recruitment.
This week, Howard shared some more details about why he liked Washington over Golden State. Howard believes winning with the Wizards would do more for his legacy than winning with the Warriors, who already have a title team in place.
"I just think Golden State, they've won a couple championships in the past couple of years. So, me going there and winning it's like 'well, you went to a team that's already won.' In D.C., I think the last time the Wizards won they were the Bullets if I'm not mistaken. So, I think that impact would be bigger for the city," he said.
Howard was correct in saying the franchise has not won an NBA title since they were the Bullets. Their lone championship came following the 1977-78 season.
The Wizards/Bullets, in fact, haven't advanced past the second round of the playoffs since the year after that, when they lost in the 1979 NBA Finals. There is no question Washington is more starved for an NBA winner than Golden State, as the Warriors are in the midst of one of the most dominant dynasties in the league's history.
In comparing the Warriors' recent success to the past few decades in Bullets/Wizards history, there is certainly a major contrast. But Howard citing the potential criticism of winning with the Warriors is interesting, in that it's a departure from the stars who have joined them like Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins.
Durant has become vilified by many fans and even other players for his decision to join the Warriors after they were already a title team. Cousins is likely to be looped into that, if he gets a ring this season.
Howard, 32, hasn't won a championship in his career, but he has been to the Finals, having led the Orlando Magic there in 2009. He has already visualized what it would be like to have a deep playoff run in Washington, D.C.
"I saw what the Nationals did, the [Capitals] and the Mystics. I watched what they did for the city. For all of us who are on this team, it would be crazy," he said.
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