The Los Angeles Lakers will have their backup center with them in Orlando when the season re-starts. Dwight Howard has decided to join the team despite previous statements that he was unsure whether he would due to the ongoing Coronvarius pandemic as well as social justice issues around the Black Lives Matter movement. Shams Charania of The Athletic reported the news.
Howard has also decided to donate his remaining game checks to his non-profit campaign Breathe Again and told CNN that he would be using the time and platform in Orlando to help spread the word of organized movements around racial injustice, especially in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia where he has been during the stoppage in play.
Howard lost the mother of his child due to COVID-19 during the stoppage making this a particularly personal decision.
The Lakers will be without starting point guard Avery Bradley due to health concerns for his child but Howard, who was the only other player speculated to sit out, will continue to provide depth in a role that he has excelled in all season.
The team will also be without assistant coach Lionel Hollins due to health concerns.