Josh Smith joined Jim Rome on Tuesday and the topic of friend Dwight Howard came up. The two have been friends since pre-school and Smith’s kept tabs on his friend since he went to Los Angeles.

“He doesn’t look as comfortable as he did in the past, but it’s a different situation for him,” Smith said. “It’s a way bigger market than he’s usually use to, I mean when you’re playing with a winning organization and winning team as far as history is concerned, there’s no holds barred.

Howard was in the spotlight in Orlando, but as Smith points out, it was a smaller spotlight and the glare wasn’t too intense. In Los Angeles, things are a little different. It’s not just about what happens on the court that makes news. When you’re playing in a big market, everything makes news.

“They worry about your personal life; they worry about everything,” Smith said of playing in Los Angeles. “I’m pretty sure he’s not used to that. He just has to get comfortable and get acclimated to what LA’s all about. But I think as he learns the curve, and understands the competitor that Kobe Bryant is, I think that he should be okay.”

Asked if he expects Howard to re-sign with the Lakers, Smith said that’s what he’s expecting.

“It’s a possibility, it’s a strong possibility. If he doesn’t, where would he go? I mean this is what he asked for. He wanted to be in a big market,” said Smith. “I have no idea, but I wouldn’t see him not re-signing though.”


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