There's more drama surrounding Dwight Howard, and for once it doesn't involve his injuries, Kobe Bryant, or the heightened expectations with the Lakers.

Instead, it all centers around last year's soap opera over his intentions on if he'd stay with the Orlando Magic.

"My team in Orlando was a team full of people who nobody wanted," Howard told CBS2/KCAL9. "I was the leader and I led that team with a smile on my face."

Former Magic teammates took offense to Howard's comments considering his eight-year tenure (2004-2012) entailed five playoff stints, including an NBA Finals appearance in 2009 against the Lakers.

"At some point, when are you (Dwight) gonna as a man, when are you going to take ownership and stay out of the media in a professional manner?" Magic point guard Jameer Nelson told the Orlando Sentinel. "We had a great run as a group, as core guys, and he was a part of it. For him to say things about anybody in a negative manner, that's up to him."

"It's disrespectful more than anything. We helped Dwight become the player he was," said Rashard Lewis, who's currently with the Miami Heat. "Look at those (conference and division) banners hanging in the stands. They don't say Dwight Howard on them. ... Everybody should get a little piece of the credit."

Howard insists his comments were taken out of context.

"My statement was to say the team we played with in Orlando were the underdogs," Howard said after the Lakers' 108-102 win Wednesday over New Orleans. "Everybody overlooked us the time I was there in Orlando. I hated that. We hated that. We all thrived off that. My comments were never said to be disrespectful to those guys. They were my teammates for years. They've helped me become the player I am today."