T.J. Simers

Lakers' Dwight Howard steps up to line, fields questions on future

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"I don't think it's fair I get criticized for waiting on such an opportunity."

But what does he want in a team?

"I want to win; I've done everything else," he said. "I just want to win."

Can the Lakers win?

"Any team I am on can win," he said with a grin, "but nice try."

What about getting more money or a chance to do TV shows here?

"I'll get those opportunities later; it's all about winning now," he said.

So what do you think of D'Antoni?

"I love him," he said. "He's a great person."

Is he a great coach?

"He's a great person and I'm glad we had the opportunity to be together," said Howard, which some will undoubtedly interpret as goodbye.

What was never explicitly said, but also seemed to hang heavy in the air was the uncertainty in the Lakers' front office, with Jim and Jeanie Buss.

"I want to see what each opportunity offers," Howard said. "I want to see how people plan on winning."

"So will I be seeing you next season?" I concluded.

"I'm always a phone call or tweet away," he said, while whistling and moving on.

t.j.simers@latimes.com

Twitter: @latimestjsimers

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