As Dwight Howard left the Lakers locker room following his debut with the team Sunday evening, he was greeted by a large shiny object.
The Stanley Cup.
When he approached the trophy, he was tentative.
“I just want the one for basketball,” Howard said.
Howard, who was drafted by the Orlando Magic as the top overall pick in 2004, has never won an NBA championship and reached the NBA Finals only once in his eight seasons with the team.
He surely would rather be meeting Larry over Stanley, but after a few seconds of standing next to hockey’s championship trophy, the charismatic center warmed to the object.
Howard began smiling, pointing and wrapping his arms around the trophy, as you can see in the video above.
One can only imagine how Howard will react if he wins the Larry O’Brien trophy with the Lakers.