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Howard upset with teammates. Again.

Posted on: February 24, 2011 11:57 am
 
Dwight Howard rips teammates after embarassing loss to Kings
Posted by Matt Moore

Dwight Howard is angry at teammates for what seems like the 400th time. The Magic fell to the Kings last night in an unforgiveable loss in which Howard scored 31 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. During the game, the big man let his voice be heard. When his teammates didn't respond, Howard said he was through talking. From the Orlando Sentinel

“I’ve said everything there is to say,” said Howard, sitting dejectedly in front of his lockers with a semi-circle of reporters around him. “That’s it. I’ve talked every timeout, when we’re in the huddle, in the locker room… What, you want me to Tweet about it? I’ve done everything I’m supposed to do as a leader.” 
“If guys don’t want to play, they’ve got to sit down,” Howard said. “We just can’t have guys or anybody out there not playing hard.”Howard continued.  
“Everybody on the team has to step up and play hard,” he said. “I’m not singling anybody out; I’m not calling anybody out. But as a team, if we don’t play hard we’re going to lose every night.”
via Dwight Howard rips Orlando Magic after loss to Kings video – Orlando Magic BasketBlog – Orlando Sentinel.

The timing is particularly poor for the Magic, as Howard, a free agent in 2012, watched Deron Williams be sent to New Jersey and Carmelo Anthony win in his debut in New York. Even though the Magic are the better team of those three, it's another step in the direction of the door, providing Howard another excuse for leaving the Magic high and dry.  Howard did everything he should and could last night to help the Magic win. It wasn't enough. 

No word on whether the Magic teammates will try and give him a technical. 

Eventually the talk's going to stop and then there are going to be changes, if the Magic don't turn this thing around. 
Comments

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Howard upset with teammates. Again.

Dwight...be patient..u will b in purple and gold soon enough!



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2011 4:08 pm
 

Howard upset with teammates. Again.

One of the veterans on that team (are there any?) needs to challenge this idiot in the locker room and tell him to shut his mouth. Other players on these prima donna's teams have to be getting sick of this garbage

Dwight Howard is the veteran...he's a veteran player and the best player on the team.  He is supposed to be speaking up, especially when he is producing big points and rebounds.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 3:56 pm
 

Howard upset with teammates. Again.

One of the veterans on that team (are there any?) needs to challenge this idiot in the locker room and tell him to shut his mouth. Other players on these prima donna's teams have to be getting sick of this garbage. I used to like Dwight Howard, just like I used to like 'Melo, Lebron, Chris Paul, etc. etc. I can't stand any of these guys anymore.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Howard upset with teammates. Again.

Dwight or someone should have torn a strip off the Magic after that game. The heart was not there. Not sure what is going on with Arenas but he should be ashamed to pick up that huge paycheck. All Orlando wants to do is stand around and shoot 3's. When they are hot they can woin. When the shot is not dropping no one tries to take it hard to the hoop. Defense was pathetic.

A mediocre effort; Howard is right on this one.



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Howard upset with teammates. Again.

Every team in the league, including the Magic, would deal with his whining to keep him in their jersey.  And all of the players bitch and moan...he just happens to have more mics in his face than the others. 

The Magic have made some odd moves over the past couple years to try and make this team better.  Arenas is a shell of what he used to be, Hedo has been a high priced dud, and they still need a bona fide PG (Nelson isn't it).  How hard is it to throw the ball into Howard 15 or 20 times and get your 15 dimes a game.   Maybe have Nelson sit down and watch some tape of Rondo.  Most of Rondo's assists are simple entry passes, nothing flashy (not knocking him).  If you have a beast (or beast as in Boston) in the middle, get him the damn ball and stop shooting all the threes (lead the league in attempts, 15th in accuracy).



Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2011 2:01 pm
 

Howard upset with teammates. Again.

First off, trading for Gilbert post-gun dispute is a turrable idea. Secondly, Dwight look in the mirror. You're the strongest basketball player I've ever seen play the game but there is not an ounce of skill in your post up game. No reason you can't average 30-15 "Superman"



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2011 1:39 pm
 

Howard upset with teammates. Again.

Dante, you're right that it's Orlando's FO who is responsible for putting the team together, but Howard has little control over that. He has more control over what happens on the court and once they're out there, he has to play with the team h'es been given and he has to lead them. Part of leading is calling guys out when necessary and there is no excuse for a player in the NBA being lazy on the court. For what they get paid, they deserve a lot worse than being called out by the leader of the team.

Yes, he has to develop his game, but he also has to develop as a leader. Being willing to do the dirty work of getting on a teammate's bad side once in a while for the benefit of the rest of the team is part of that development. I'd rather see him stay with the Magic and help lead that team to success than see him "let his contract playout and leave to go to a contender..." We've seen plenty of that lately.



Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Howard upset with teammates. Again.

If you're a Bulls fan, you have to know that when MJ was unhappy with his teammates' effort, he was never shy about letting them know it.
Ok, i can agree with you there bizona.  If anything the onus should be on Orlando for putting players with no heart around Dwight.  In this league now with BSPN and all the other media putting these guys under scrutiny 24/7 there comes a point though when we get sick and tired of DH whining about the refs, about his team, about everything.  What he should be working on is developing his game to become an unstoppable force and let his contract playout and leave to go to a contender if he's unhappy.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2011 1:12 pm
 

Howard upset with teammates. Again.

MRFANTASY, what exactly do the Lakers have that might interest the Magic in a trade? Obviously, Kobe and Gasol wouldn't be part of the conversation. What else do they have? An injury-prone Bynum and low draft picks aren't going to come close to getting that deal done.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2011 1:07 pm
 

Howard upset with teammates. Again.

Good way to alienate your teammates Dwight.  You have all the talent in the world and the team tried to make deals to make you happy.  I guess when you're an overpaid baby nothing is ever right.  Best of luck on your new team in a few years! 

Wow. Great spin you put on this, that's for sure.  Are you kidding me?  How about looking at this the right way.  Dwight Howard is an NBA superstar, he's what, 25 years old? He already has all the money he'll never need in life yet still cares enough to speak up?????  That's pretty good if you ask me... and it's not like he went after the media begging to talk or complain... he's obligated to speak with the media and make himself available to the media as per NBA rules.... he did that and the media asked him questions revolving around what he said

As for your "overpaid" comment... that's nonesense as well. The guy is averaging something like 23 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks per game in the NBA.  He's field goal percentage is around 60 percent.... he's an unbelievable player man.....  if he's overpaid, then literally everybody else in the NBA should make a lot less money too....




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