NBA  > General NBA  > The conversation between Dwight Howard and Stephen A. Smith was full of "I" and "me"
July 14, 2013, 10:11 PM
Did anyone besides me notice that?

All his answers sounded like a scripted sales pitch. Howard was trying to sell us on why -he thinks- he is winner and at the same time justify why after almost ten years in the league he doesn't have a ring.

Lets do a quick analyses into why Mr. Howard has not won a championship. Lets start with a quote I found in the Los Angeles Times a few years ago:

"Howard reportedly told Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos as recently as last Friday that he does not want to play in another game for Van Gundy, according to WKMG-TV in Orlando."

Here is another quote I found (a few years later) in an article by Dave McMenamin from ESPN:

"Ultimately, I think Dwight wasn't comfortable here and didn't want to be here and I think if he didn't want to be here, there's no point for anyone in him being here," Nash told "The Mason & Ireland Show" on ESPN LA 710 radio on Tuesday."So, we wish him the best and move on........"
"Dwight had some issues with the season." Nash said. "I think it kind of basically goes with what he said to the media that he never quite felt embraced in L.A. He never quite felt supported. That's basically it. I think in some ways you can read into that what you will, but I think he never quite felt comfortable at home and I don't know if that???s anybody???s fault."
However. Nash said that X's and O's played just as big a part with Howard as health did.
"He didn't seem like he really wanted to do a pick-and-roll offense' maybe because he had run one in Orlando for so long and he wanted to get in the post more," Nash said."

One more quote:

"Sources told ESPN.com that Howard and his representatives - in a handful of meetings with Lakers officials before he became a free agent July 1 - strongly suggested the center would have a difficult time re-signing with the team if Bryant stayed with the franchise beyond the 2013-14 season, the final year of his contract."

That is amazing, if that is the truth, all I can say is holy arrogance Batman.

Obviously Los Angeles gig don't go -THE HOWARD WAY- so once again he becomes a disgruntle employee and moves on.

I'm no psychologist but do you see a pattern here. He falls out of love with the coach or other players and has no interest in working it out as a team, the key word here is team folks, he just wants to run out.

It appears to me that if things don't go -THE HOWARD WAY- he holds his breath until he is traded or signs with another team.

I think is safe to say that this pattern will continue for the rest of his career, after all he has been around for almost a decade, it may be too late for change.

The positive thing for Howard is that Houston will be only his is third team, so there is plenty of places for him to find his championship.

There is no doubt that Mr. Howard is a top five NBA player and he may someday get a ring, but first he needs to understand that other players have -wants and needs- for their careers so you have to give and take a little, that's why they call it a team sport.

At least that what I understand about the NBA. I could be wrong, it may have become a one man show and maybe I just missed the memo.

As always this is a fans opinion and from what I understand everybody has one and I'm thankful for that.

Enough said.
July 15, 2013  08:04 PM ET

you sir are a moron

July 15, 2013  11:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

you sir are a moron

Fair enough but tell me what part of those quotes are a lie...and what part of the article makes me an idiot...just wondering...

July 16, 2013  06:38 AM ET

What had the Lakers traded when they acquired Dwight Howard? I think it was Andrew Bynum and two draft picks. Unless I am missing something.

Really bad trade for the Lakers.

Although I can't feel bad for them at all considering how much success they've had over the years.

July 16, 2013  06:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

What had the Lakers traded when they acquired Dwight Howard? I think it was Andrew Bynum and two draft picks. Unless I am missing something.Really bad trade for the Lakers.Although I can't feel bad for them at all considering how much success they've had over the years.

Foolish trade by L.A. Everyone knew going in that Howard didn't want to be there.

July 17, 2013  08:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

you sir are a moron

He can be, but not this time around.

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July 17, 2013  10:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I will not call you an idiot...but Howard is not a top five player...he is a top 5 center.IMO he is not a max contract player...the Lakers would have been better off with a hurt Bynum...Howard is vastly overrated, and can not be trusted to play in close games, do to his foul shot..At least Shaq made them when he needed to.

Lets just say that Howard would be a part of a super trio or duet...like the top teams put together. .,,can we agree on that regardless of ranking....

July 17, 2013  10:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Foolish trade by L.A. Everyone knew going in that Howard didn't want to be there.

I'm trying to remember the conversation on that trade,,,Did he have another choice? he did want to play with another "superstar"

July 22, 2013  10:38 PM ET

Here we go a gain

August 11, 2013  05:59 PM ET

True

August 11, 2013  07:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Lets just say that Howard would be a part of a super trio or duet...like the top teams put together. .,,can we agree on that regardless of ranking....

Howard has a very weak low post game, he is just strong.

 
August 15, 2013  10:02 AM ET

I think the media,especially Stephen A.Smith has made way to much of D.Howard's career ups/downs.Lets see Ray Allen has been on 4 teams to accomplish his goals,are we finding fault with him,I think not.Circumstances sometime dictate why and where players end up.I think Dwight was viewed as a great player while in Orlando,and that has been most of his NBA career.The last few seasons were hindered by a back operation,something i didn't read in your post.Dont gloss over important parts just to make a case aganist a guy.If you going to tell it,make sure you tell it right.Ill give you this,the last few seasons hasn't been his best but what player you know of came back after a back operation and played almost a full season under the microscope of media,hostile Laker fans,going thru several changes in head coaching,and a self centered egotistical superstar (KB) to deal with and still held it together and never complained once?Last time I ck'd free agency meant,you can go to any team that's eligible to sign him.

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