It seems Dwight Howard has more to say. The L.A. Lakers center has been the center of Lakers news, again and he just can’t seem to get past the negativity of last season. Apparently the criticism weighed so heavily on him that he saw the team psychiatrist.
According to USA Today Sports he said:
“I have only one problem and it’s between my ears,” he said, while admitting he visited a Lakers’ psychiatrist. “I just think too much.”
What he didn’t comment about was his free agency status, his future with or without the Lakers or his game. He did admit there was a change — in the way he now approaches the world:
“I can’t do it anymore,” he said. “I can’t please everybody.”
“When I came back from my shoulder injury, some didn’t think I was giving my all,” he said. “And nobody wanted to hear what I said about coming off back surgery. It wasn’t fair to me. I was on a walker and four months later playing basketball. I played hurt.”
Yes, he did play hurt and probably returned to soon, but that was his choice. Once he said he was able to play, fans and analysts expected him to play–and play well. He could have stayed out like Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose. It seems the critics will have something to say either way it goes.
As for seeing a psychiatrist, that’s not unusual for any player. Sports is as much mental as it is physical, and if Howard felt pressured, it seems to be the right thing to do. However, the complaint that he wasn’t treated fairly because he played hurt doesn’t fly.
Get out the violins…
Many athletes play hurt, and last time I checked all are subject to scrutiny and criticism. Where his feelings are concerned, I suggest Howard puts on his big-boy pants. He makes way too much money to be whiny.
He should save that for his psychiatrist.
What do you think?
Your Jersey Girlfriend,