Dwight Howard meant no disrespect when he said nobody wanted his Orlando teammates

Dwight Howard says he meant no disrespect when he threw his former teammates under the bus

3/7/13 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Feb 28, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA;     Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) gives a hand to shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) in the second half of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Staples Center. Lakers won 116-94. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY SportsDwight Howard and the Lakers had a nice comeback win last night, albeit over the lowly New Orleans Hornets, but Dwight still can't help himself. At every turn, he keeps putting his foot in his mouth.

He made an attempt to apologize for his latest snafu, but he came up a bit short.

His original quote:
"My team in Orlando was a team full of people who nobody wanted, and I was the leader, and I led that team with a smile on my face."

It's pretty clear that he was trying to say that he was dealt a crappy hand and made the best of it. To be honest, I might even slightly agree with him.

That having been said, I don't think he needed to throw all of his former teammates under the bus in the process. Instead of insulting all of his teammates, he could have been a lot more tactful. But then again, that just wouldn't be Dwight Howard.

Here's his explanation:
"My statement was just to say that our team that I played with in Orlando, we were the underdogs. Nobody really talked about our team. It was underrated. Everybody overlooked us for the whole time I was there in Orlando and I hated that. We all hated that. We thrived off that. My comments were never to say anything disrespectful to those guys. Those were my teammates for years. They helped me become the player that I am today and we all got to the Finals because of that. I would never say anything disrespectful to those guys and I think a lot of people took that and ran with it, twisted it into a negative thing. I love those guys. We've had some great memories and we thrived off people saying that we weren't going to make it to the Finals, we weren't going to be a good team. That's what pushed us."

Not surprisingly, one of Howard's old teammates had something to say about it.

JJ Reddick believes that this was pretty typical of Dwight:
"I'm not surprised by it. I would be more surprised when Dwight starts taking responsibility. That would be the most negative thing I can say, but that's the truth. You can't take all the credit and not accept any of the blame."

It's starting to get to the point that Dwight Howard might be the player that nobody wants.

The guy is supremely talented, but he's going to be a free agent after the season, and it seems like even when he's surrounded by All Stars, as he is in LA, or when he has a solid supporting cast, as he did in Orlando, he's toxic wherever he goes.

Howard's offensive game is adequate at best, and he's a liability late in games, since he's one of the worst free throw shooters in the NBA.

He has been viewed as one of the best players in the NBA for a while now, but how much longer before people get tired of his act and stop cutting him slack?
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3/7/13   |   Scott   |   54652 respect

Not very often I can say I am on the side of a former Duke Blue Devil player but in this case, I think JJ Reddick hit the nail on the head.