The Los Angeles Lakers will see a pair of familiar faces when the play the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday: Danny Green, who was traded traded to the 76ers shortly after being traded by the Lakers in the offseason, and Dwight Howard, who signed a one-year, veteran’s minimum contract with Philadelphia in free agency.
Both Green and Howard played big roles in the Lakers’ championship run last season and on Wednesday they’ll have the opportunity to be celebrated by a few of their former teammates. However, it sounds like only Howard will be getting his ring on Wednesday, and not because of some dumb petition.
On the most recent episode of Green’s podcast “Inside the Green Room,” he announced that he’s going to wait to receive his championship ring, likely for the same reason he’s waited nearly two years to get his championship ring from the Toronto Raptors: so that he can be celebrated by the home fans of each team. Green admitted he’s getting a little impatient with his Raptors ring, though:
“Yeah, Dwight got his. I’m waiting though... I don’t know if I can wait any longer for Toronto, man, I’m about to get that in Tampa because I don’t know when we’re gonna go back to Canada, I don’t know if Canada is going to open up again.”
Hopefully by the time Green is able to get his ring at Staples Center, even the most unforgiving fans are able to put their feelings about Green’s infamous missed shot in Game 5 of the NBA Finals behind them because he deserves to be celebrated.
Even though Green underperformed offensively in his lone season in Los Angeles, his defense was crucial to the Lakers’ success in the postseason last year. In fact, in the NBA Finals, Green had the best defensive rating (101.8) of anyone on the team. With Green off of the court, the Lakers allowed 14 more points per 100 possession, which was the highest defensive point differential on the team. It’s not a stretch to say his defense was invaluable.
Howard’s case is a little less complicated. He did everything he was asked to do in his comeback season with the Lakers, which included sitting out of key postseason games. His redemption arc is technically complete, but it will still be cool to see him get his ring.
The Lakers and 76ers will tip-off at 4:30 PT. The game will be broadcast on TNT nationally and Spectrum SportsNet locally. You can read our preview for the game here.