Team USA reacts to Dwight Howard Trade

1:48 PM, Aug 11, 2012   |    comments
Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard holds his jersey during a press conference held to introduce the three-time defensive player of the year who they aquired in a four-team trade from the Orlando Magic. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE)
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LONDON -- We know how Kobe Bryant feels about the four-team trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers: He's pumped.

But what about the rest of the league?

The Howard trade was the talk of the day Saturday at Team USA's practice in East London, ahead of a gold medal game showdown with Spain on Sunday, the final day of the London Games. Reaction from other NBA stars was mixed. 

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said: "That's a big trade. For the Lakers to acquire him, it makes the NBA that much more special this season. It definitely makes them another powerhouse in the West and in the NBA as a whole.

"Right now it's just a matter of them putting it together and seeing what happens. From a competition standpoint, it brings them right back up to the top and it makes the West that much better."

Members of the Oklahoma City Thunder, a Western Conference opponent of the revamped Lakers, weren't as high on the deal.

"It doesn't change much," said Thunder guard James Harden. "Was I surprised? No. Big market. Lakers always do a great job of getting great players. Doesn't take away from us at all."

Are the Thunder still the team to beat in the West?

"Of course," he said.

Teammate Kevin Durant was asked the same question.

"We'll see once the season starts," he said. "But we still feel confident in ourselves. We can't let that (trade) make us feel like we aren't one of the best teams in the West. We've just got to focus on us from Day One."

(USA Today)

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