Who Cares About Dwight Howard's Feelings?

5/22/13 in NBA   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

Dwightmare 2.0 

Sounds about right. It was only a matter of time until we heard, once again, that Dwight Howard was unhappy with his role on the team. He felt like he was hidden beneath the D'antoni offensive schemes. He felt as though his abilities weren't maximized to their highest potential -- but we, the fans the coaches and everyone who watches the games, knows that Dwight is not a first option guy.

Apr 28, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) and San Antonio Spurs power forward Matt Bonner (15) have to be separated after a call in the first quarter of  game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Staples Center. Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) was called for a technical foul. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY SportsHe doesn't have the physical gifts that a former Laker center once had to dominate the paint. The real Superman. He doesn't have the touch on the mid-range shot like another Laker great in Kareem. Nor does he consistently take over games defensively anymore. 

His offensive game is maybe a hint better than DeAndre Jordan's, yet he complains that the ball doesn't reach him in the offense so he can show us his awkward post-move and swoop to the cup. Well, Mike D'antoni may not be a championship caliber coach, however, he has been around some talent in his day. If he believed Dwight could be as effective as Amare Stoudemire was early in his Phoenix career (which essentially landed him the 5 year, $100 million deal he is currently milking James Dolan for), then he would put Dwight in a position to succeed. 

But since that never happened, we can all assume that Dwight is weak. Who knows. Maybe his back wasn't fully healed all season. Maybe he just doesn't like playing with Kobe Bryant. maybe the fact that Kobe and Steve Nash were the vocal leaders (and not him) bothered him. 

Either way, it all comes down to this: Dwight might be able to take Britney Griner one-on-one, but he sure as hell isn't in the upper echelon of NBA centers anymore. That's forsure. 

So make your decision behind closed doors please. We don't want you to air out your dirty laundry in the press once again. It might even make you look better than you really are! 
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