Dwight Howard Says Lakers Will Be Ready To Dominate In Playoffs
Dwight Howard We Will Be Ready For Playoffs ... 'Don't Worry, Laker Fans!!!'
12/23/2021 2:36 PM PT
Chill out Laker Nation -- Dwight Howard says everything's gonna be good by the time NBA playoffs come around ... telling TMZ Sports, "it's not about how you start, it's how you finish!"
The Lakers have been struggling so far this season ... which has shocked a lot of fans, considering they have LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and a solid (yet aging) roster.
But, Howard says the season is still young, so they haven't shown their full potential just yet.
"We good, man. It's early," the Lakers center told us at his OxeFit after-party at the Soho Warehouse, "We gonna be ready by the time the playoffs start. That's when we start dominating."
"Don't worry, Lakers fans! When it's time to dominate, the Lakers gon' be there!"
The 36-year-old also wants fans to remember this is an entirely different squad compared to last year ... and that it will take some time for everyone to get on the same page.
"This is a brand new team than it was in 2020. All of us are really trying to learn how to play together and get our games going."
"It's not about how you start, it's how you finish!"
As they say, patience is a virtue -- the Lakers aren't in terrible shape and still have a few months to turn things around ... that is, as long as COVID doesn't halt the season like it did with the NHL.
Howard -- who just got out of COVID protocol -- hopes that doesn't happen ... saying "I'm not worried about it. But, anything can happen. Everything is about safety right now."
"I think if you got your immune system right, then you'd be good to go. I'm not really concerned about it."
Playoffs start in April ... and that's when we'll see if Dwight's right.