Hornets’ Walker says ‘it was fun’ to play with Howard

Kemba Walker enjoyed playing with Dwight Howard.

Since requesting a trade from the Orlando Magic, Dwight Howard has played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, and will suit up for the Washington Wizards in the 2018-19 season.

The former All-NBA center has been unable to stay anywhere and is reportedly a huge locker room issue.

Hornets point guard Kemba Walker, however, says he actually enjoyed playing with Howard this past season and didn’t believe Howard was bad for the locker room.

“It was cool man,” Howard told Kristian Winfield of SBNation. “I’ve always been a huge fan of Dwight. He’s always been one of the guys who I’ve always wanted to play with. Growing up, Dwight was a beast. It was good. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out. Sometimes teams don’t do well. That’s just the nature of the game. I played with plenty of other guys who came to the team. It just didn’t work out. For the one season we had, it was fun.”

Howard was fairly productive with the Hornets in 2017-18. He averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds while shooting 55.5 percent from the field in 81 games. Charlotte traded Howard to the Brooklyn Nets where he ultimately reached a buyout before joining the Wizards on a two-year deal worth $11 million.

Walker thinks John Wall, who recruited Howard to Washington, will flourish with Howard as his center and that the Wizards could make some noise.

“John is a helluva player,” Walker said. “One of the best passers in our league. I think he’s gonna open up so many opportunities for Dwight. I think Dwight’s gonna help those guys as well. It’s gonna be fun to watch. They have so many dynamic players on the team between John and Brad [Bradley Beal]. It’s gonna open up so much for Dwight, so it’ll be good for him.”