Just when Lakers, Dwight Howard thought he was finally entering the clear, he goes and sticks his foot in his mouth again.
During an interview earlier this week with KCAL-TV, Howard talked about the beginning of his career with the Orlando Magic. Howard said,
“My team in Orlando was a team full of people who nobody wanted, and I was the leader and I led that team with a smile on my face.”
Now I might call the Orlando Magic a lot of things, but a team of rejects is not one of them.
Magic point guard Jameer Nelson responded to Howard’s lose words by telling the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday, “At some point, when are you [Dwight] gonna as a man, when are you going to take ownership and stay out of the media in a professional manner?”
Former Magic guard J.J. Redick, now with the Milwaukee Bucs responded by saying, “I’m not surprised by it. I would be more surprised when Dwight starts taking responsibility. That would be the most negative thing I can say, but that’s the truth. You can’t take all the credit and not accept any of the blame.”
In true athlete fashion, Howard came back with a statement that tries to explain that his words are taken out on context and here’s what he really meant to say.
“My statement was just to say that our team that I played with in Orlando, we were the underdogs,” Howard said, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com. “Nobody really talked about our team. It was underrated. Everybody overlooked us for the whole time I was there in Orlando and I hated that. We all hated that. We thrived off that. My comments were never to say anything disrespectful to those guys.”
No matter what Howard says in the aftermath, he said what he meant and these words are nothing new to his former team, his current team and the people who’ve covered him for years. While his situation in Los Angeles may be a little better, the Lakers aren’t exactly on the road to the NBA Finals right now because of the play of Dwight Howard.
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