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Howard vows to tone it down in 2010-11

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08:36 AM ET 10.04 | Silence may be golden for Dwight Howard. Howard had clearly expanded his game the past few seasons to include more barking at the referees. At times, his complaining has been dominating, impressive in its sheer volume and startling accumulation of technical fouls. It has become as much a part of his arsenal as his mighty array of dunks, blocks and Twitter followers, for crying out loud. With the NBA police vowing to crack down on the players' behavior with the refs, Howard said Sunday that he'll try harder to bite his tongue and downsize his demonstrative debates.

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October 4, 2010  10:30 AM ET

shut the trap that's it....and make some free throws.

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October 4, 2010  10:51 AM ET

Hahahaha - Might just be that they raised the fines of the technical fouls that has more to do with it....

October 4, 2010  10:57 AM ET

Big agile strong centers get hit all the time its not even funny so if the refs don't want them to say anything then the same refs need to be very deligent at blowing the whistle. At the end of the day is the NBA game beter with a lot of whistles and less whinning or more whining and less whistles? If Stern thinks these giants will just allow themselves to be manhandled without a word or whistle he got it twisted. We may see more violence and fights if players are not allowed to vent under pressure. The league needs to reconsider their stand on this.

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October 4, 2010  11:09 AM ET
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Big agile strong centers get hit all the time its not even funny so if the refs don't want them to say anything then the same refs need to be very deligent at blowing the whistle. At the end of the day is the NBA game beter with a lot of whistles and less whinning or more whining and less whistles? If Stern thinks these giants will just allow themselves to be manhandled without a word or whistle he got it twisted. We may see more violence and fights if players are not allowed to vent under pressure. The league needs to reconsider their stand on this.

Players will learn to adapt. Those who can't will hurt their teams with techs and pay out of the pocket. The refs and the league let it go for too long and it has reached a point now where every whistle someone is upset and complaining. No one wants to go to a game and watch grown men cry like little **** every time they hear a whistle or don't get the call they want. **** up and play...they are getting paid well to play a **** game so quit the whining?

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October 4, 2010  11:58 AM ET

Instead of vowing to control his talks with the refs he should be vowing to improve his low post game...this league is full of people that dont work on their game..its sad....

October 4, 2010  12:12 PM ET

We all know that the NBA rivals if not beats Soccer for whinning at the refs. Always seems that the teams that do most of the whinning are the ones that never win a championship too.

October 4, 2010  12:30 PM ET
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Instead of vowing to control his talks with the refs he should be vowing to improve his low post game...this league is full of people that dont work on their game..its sad....

That's cause their too busy pushing product...A lot of guys only want the fame and the sponsorship money...It is really sad that nowadays you can just come into the league already hyped and a King yet you haven't done **** in the bigs yet....You use to have to prove yourself before the money and fame came to you.

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October 4, 2010  01:23 PM ET
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Players will learn to adapt. Those who can't will hurt their teams with techs and pay out of the pocket. The refs and the league let it go for too long and it has reached a point now where every whistle someone is upset and complaining. No one wants to go to a game and watch grown men cry like little **** every time they hear a whistle or don't get the call they want. **** up and play...they are getting paid well to play a **** game so quit the whining?

Obviously players don't want to do anything to hurt their teams with Lebron quitting in playoff games being the only exception. However a lot goes down in the game unnoticed to the point where if the victims aren't vocal alotta crap will go down unnoticed. There's some straight up dirty players in this league who will continue to instigate and do little things to get into the heads of the star players.

October 4, 2010  02:16 PM ET
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Actually mj got major endorsement $ prior to him doing anything......Barkley, did tons of ads, larry johnson, penny...

I disagree...Jordan had many years before we saw his name and face on anything. Same with Barkley, LJ, and Penny. None of them got stuff until they showed they could play in the league

October 4, 2010  02:58 PM ET

He needs to spend more time not being one dimensional. And stop that smiling all the time at opposing players and maybe you can win a championship. JUST GET SERIOUS!!!

October 4, 2010  03:44 PM ET

Howard is learning from the wrong guy, Ewing was always a second tier Center but played in an era where Centers were few and far between. If he wants to get better he needs to spend some more time with Hakeem and track down David Robinson.

October 4, 2010  04:23 PM ET

Before you do that, learn some moves in the post(I'm not talking about the one where you spin out of control and just chuck the ball towards the rim. Jesus effin Christ, Dikembe Mutumbo had a more refined offensive game than you and he looked like he was having a seizure anytime he touched the ball)

October 4, 2010  05:08 PM ET

Imagine this guy with a face to the basket jumper???

October 4, 2010  05:26 PM ET

In many instances Howard has a legitimate gripe. He has become this generation's Darrly Dawkins. Anytime he's remotely close to a play, it's a foul. It's hard to be quiet and just take it when you're in the heat of the game and haven't done anything.

 
October 4, 2010  06:50 PM ET

Youngin needs to toughin up. He wouldnt last a year back in the olden days when real banging was allowed. All great bigman have had to deal with this problem from chamberlain to shaq.

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