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Howard sounds off: 'I do want the ball more ...'


08:05 AM ET 02.13 | His future undefined, Dwight Howard made one thing perfectly clear: He wants the ball late. Unfortunately for [Howard], that didn't happen Saturday night. Howard touched the ball only six times on offense in the fourth quarter, with one of those coming from his own offensive rebound. Despite Orlando's 99-94 win over the Bucks, Howard made it clear that this is not the role he wants. "I do want the ball more in the fourth quarter," a frustrated Howard told FOX Sports exclusively after the game. ... "That's one thing that I want for myself, so I can become the guy who finishes games for my team. I want to be that guy whose team wants him to close games out for them. Coach just needs to have confidence in me."

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February 13, 2012  08:24 AM ET

Be better on your free throws and improve your post up game. That would help. You are too predictable at the offense right now

February 13, 2012  08:28 AM ET

I dont think he has a choice...

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February 13, 2012  08:54 AM ET

Dwight is: I, I, I...let him go. Ryan Andersen is the team leading scorer. What does that say about Mr. Dwight. Dwight want sexiness and superstars around him, but he has a legit coach and team that just destroyed the Miami Heat the other night. If he concentrated on what he could do to make his team better right NOW Orlando could being playing elite right now.

One legit complaint is: Why the heck haven't they traded Jameer Nelson? He shoots wild shots and isn't consistent. Big Baby sometimes tries to be the go to guy, but lets just be honest - Dwight isn't a player that can carry a team to victory after victory. He hasn't so far. If you put the Orlando Magic on Dwights back, their record won't be over .500 like if you did the same for Lebron, Kobe, Wade (at least 3 games over), Iverson, etc.

February 13, 2012  09:03 AM ET

Dude, you need to just shut the____ upStop talking to the media or at least THINK and filter what comes out of your face


February 13, 2012  09:18 AM ET

Dwight is making it where Orlando he's going to tag himself as a selfish player. Shoot a high percentage at the free throw line and he can finish the game. SVG is out to win, not appease Dwight's ego. SVG coaches smart. Dwights free throw shooting can/does cost Orlando games.

February 13, 2012  09:44 AM ET

Sounds like something you have to earn rather than demand.

February 13, 2012  09:47 AM ET

Practice your FT shooting Howard and maybe you might be useful at the end of the game.

February 13, 2012  09:52 AM ET

If Dwight wasn't shooting mid-40% from the charity line then he would get the ball more. Shaq at least knew why he wasn't getting the ball late in the 4th.

February 13, 2012  10:13 AM ET

Just Play, Bro.

February 13, 2012  10:15 AM ET

If that's the case, do not even think about going to the Lakers.

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February 13, 2012  10:46 AM ET

Please be quiettttttttttttt! Stop!!! Just play the game Dwight!!! Stop manipulating and playing this game, it's just getting old and people are no longer interested.

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February 13, 2012  11:21 AM ET

Play ball Dwight and shut up. Also for someone who wants to be so different from Shaq, learn how to make FT, then you will get the ball more and be the man closing out games.

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