Dwight Howard Makes Big Statement About Why Playing NBA Season Isn't Important Now

Los Angeles Lakers big man Dwight Howard
Los Angeles Lakers big man Dwight Howard / Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Kyrie Irving was the first NBA player to speak out in opposition of the league's plan to restart the season in Orlando, citing the meaninglessness of the venture in the current social climate. His opinion has been cosigned by a key role player on one of the league's best teams in Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard.

Howard put out a powerful statement that implied he is willing to see the season cancelled if it means that more social justice reform can be enacted, saying, "the unity of My People would be an even bigger championship."

Howard, who has adapted to a backup role with the Lakers as he tries to chase his first title, has averaged 7.5 points and 7.4 rebounds in the 2019-20 season.

Irving's original questioning of the return to play plan seemed a bit unusual, but players like Howard and Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers have both come out in support of Irving. While these two have been the most vocal in support of Irving, there is a 100 percent chance that dozens of fellow NBA players feel the same thing privately.

Considering where he's at in his career and what the Lakers have a chance to do this season, no one should have more motivation to finish the season and try to win a championship than Howard. However, that clearly isn't his primary focus right ow,