"Every day, every day," he said Thursday.
He was joking.
Howard seems tired of talking about his rocky 11-month relationship with the Lakers, a headline again because they play his new team Thursday in Houston.
He says he's enjoying everything associated with the
"Everybody's been great," he said. "I really appreciate my time here so far. The fans have been great, the organization has been amazing, my teammates have been unbelievable. I'm having a great time."
Howard found several different ways to say Thursday's game would be no different from any other.
"Our team is on a mission so we can't concern ourselves with one game," he said. "We're trying to accomplish something big."
Howard hadn't entirely turned his back on the Lakers. He was seen talking to members of their training staff after the Rockets finished their shoot-around Thursday morning. The Lakers followed the Rockets with a shoot-around of their own on the same court at
The Lakers will start
"That's always a possibility," said Lakers Coach
Howard has looked better this season, D'Antoni said.
"He looks really good. He's playing with a lot of energy. You can see he's healthy and he's running and doing what made him a great player," D'Antoni said.
The Lakers seemed ready to end all the talk about Howard's one-season tenure with them.
"It's over," guard
Nash has been battling back, neck and ankle soreness since training camp. He is not expected to play Friday against New Orleans because it is the second game of a back-to-back situation.
Howard signed a four-year, $88-million contract with Houston instead of a five-year, $118-million deal with the Lakers.
He also met with Dallas, Atlanta and
Howard endured a slow start last year after undergoing back surgery a few months before joining the Lakers. He also sustained a torn labrum in his right shoulder in January.