West Coast rapper Game is asking local Los Angeles Lakers fans to give Dwight Howard a slight pass after he decided to turn down an offer to re-join the team and try his luck with the Houston Rockets over the weekend.
Instead of burning D-12’s jersey, Game said angry fans should just cut it.
“You know what you do? I’ll tell you what you do. You cut it in half — cut it, you don’t need to burn it. You might burn your house on fire, and we don’t want your neighbors thinking you’re an arsonist or nothing like that. You cut it in half. Then what you tell people that ask ‘What is that,’ well you say ‘I have not one, but I have two Dwight Howard jerseys’ because his number is 12. One. Two. You wish him farewell. The Lakers have been all right before Dwight, we’re going to be all right after.” (TMZ)
After weeks of speculation, Howard announced his big, team-changing news on Saturday.
“I’ve decided to become a member of the Houston Rockets. I feel its the best place for me and I am excited about joining the Rockets and I’m looking forward to a great season. I want to thank the fans in Los Angeles and wish them the best.”,” Howard tweeted July 6th.
“Houston we have liftoff http://instagram.com/p/bajffHKixn/” (Dwight Howard’s Twitter)
He also cited his chances of winning a championship in Houston for motivating him to leave an additional $30 million Lakers offer.
“[A championship is] the priority. That’s the priority. [Shoot], I’m betting $30 million on it,” Howard told ESPNLosAngeles.com in a phone interview Friday night, referencing the amount of money he likely will leave on the table by bolting Los Angeles for Houston. “I just looked at both teams and I felt like Houston was going in one direction — they got a lot of young players, they got a good coach in Kevin McHale and I just felt like having him as a coach, he could really help me in the post and help me develop like I want to. That was mainly the big reason right there, and having the opportunity to grow with a team, a young team, like the Rockets. That’s the reason why [I decided to leave].” (ESPN)
Last week, Houston rapper Slim Thug stood behind publicly campaigning for D-12 to join the Rockets.
“I was trying to tell him the best things, from my standpoint; I know the Rockets ran a lot of good things by him [in their pitch to the big man], but I was talking in terms of women,” Thug told MTV News. “Obviously he loves women, and if you love women, Houston is a great place, D. I seen your baby mama on ‘Basketball Wives,’ and there’s plenty out here that are way better than her that I’m sure he would enjoy. Not only that, we got the best strip clubs … Houston’s a real big, beautiful city.” (MTV)
Check out Game’s interview: