When Dqight Howard heard the criticism of his style of play by former Lakers center Shaquille O’neal, Howard had a few choice words of his own.
According to ESPN.com Howard responded after practice saying,
“I don’t care what Shaq says. Shaq played the game. He’s done. He’s gone. It’s time to move on.”
Howard is referring to scathing comments by Shaq, who’s now an NBA analyst for TNT. In a roundtable discussion with other analyst Shaq gave his opinion on Howard’s style of play. Posted on NBA.com were his comments:
“We as players, we always watch people before us,” O’Neal said. “When I came in, it was Patrick Ewing and Hakeem Olajuwon, guys who played like true centers who played inside. What we have now are centers that are going to the European style, which is a lot of pick-and-roll. Dwight Howard, who’s a pick-and-roll player, some people say he’s the best center in the league, but me being an old-school center, I’m going to go with Robin Lopez and Andrew Bynum because they play with their back to the basket.”
Shaq later clarified that he meant to say Brook Lopez and not Robin Lopez, but this isn’t the first time Shaq had something negative to say about Howard. When asked about Howard’s trade to the Lakers he said,
“You have to care to have a reaction,” O’Neal said. “I’ve got businesses to run. I always tell people that in order to step in my shoes you have big shoes to fill. For him, he’s going to have to at least win three (titles) to get people’s respect.”
Really Shaq? If you don’t care why are you talking about him? Dwight Howard won defensive player of the year three years in a row– the first player to do so. While he still has growth left in his game, I think he’s earned respect. Shaq sounds like a bitter ex-player with a chip on his shoulder. Shaq needs to get somewhere and sit down becuase quite frankly he sounds like a hater.
Dwight Howard agrees. He went on to say:
“He hated the fact when he played that the older guys were talking about him and how he played and now he’s doing the exact same thing,” Howard said. “Just let it go. There’s no sense for him to be talking trash to me. He did his thing in the league. He’s one of the most dominant players to ever play the game. Just sit back and relax. You did your thing. Your time is up. So, I don’t really care. I don’t really care. He can say whatever he wants to say.”
I agree with Howward. He’s got alot to focus on: healing, getting acclimated to the team, establishing a comfortable team dynamic during play and focusing on the upcoming season. Unwarranted criticisms by ex-players who need a little spotlight should not be on his list of concerns.
It wouldn’t be on mine.
What do you think?
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