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Dwight Howard calls out teammates in a big way

Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:08 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2012 12:09 pm
 
Howard has had about enough of his teammates in Orlando. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

Like a burrito stuffed way too full, the Orlando Magic are falling apart. After starting the season well at 11-4, the Magic were embarrassed by the Celtics last week when they scored only 56 points.

Then they beat the Pacers, which was nice, but lost again to Boston Thursday, blowing a 27-point lead. But things hit an all-time low Friday with a 26-point loss to the Hornets -- a not good team -- in which Orlando scored only 67 points.

After the game, Dwight Howard unleashed on his teammates. Via the Orlando Sentinel:
“Looked like guys didn’t want to play,” he said. “I told them at halftime, if you don’t want to play, just stay in the lockerroom. It doesn’t make sense for a teams we should beat to just demolish us.

“You bring everything down,” Howard said, referring to a player who isn’t playing with heart and soul.

“It hurts me to get out there and play your hardest. I expect everybody to play the same. I’m not calling anybody out by no means because we all have to get better … but if you don’t want to be out there, don’t dress up.

“If you don’t want to play, stay home. People work too hard. I want to win a championship. I work too hard every night for anybody to not want to go out there and play hard. … None of the — whatever, trade stuff — none of that stuff matters. Play basketball. That’s why we all get paid to do this, because we love the game and it’s basketball, so why not give it your all.”

You could make the case that Howard was the only player that brought anything for Orlando Friday as he scored 28 of the Magic's 67 and grabbed 16 rebounds. After that, Orlando didn't have a single player in double-figures and went 15-47. Other than Howard, the Magic were awful. And not against just any team. Against a Hornets squad that had lost nine straight and was 3-15 coming into last night's game.

Howard wasn't finished ripping his team though.

“The team we played tonight, they’ve been playing hard all season. They just haven’t won. And then they played hard tonight and they killed us. They killed us because they just played hard and they wanted it. Everybody on that team wanted to win tonight. That’s the only thing that matters,” he said.

“We are winning. You can’t just go out every night and expect a team to just fold because you’re winning, because you’re having a good record.”

Howard's frustrations ring extra loud with his pending free agency on the horizon. He clearly has had just about all he can take of not having help. When he gets supplementary scoring from J.J. Redick, Ryan Anderson and Jason Richardson, the Magic are a really tough team. They look like an Eastern contender. But when it's Dwight and nobody else, the Magic aren't a good team. Not even a player of Howard's caliber can carry them.

These aren't the words you want to hear if you're GM Otis Smith or a Magic fan, but Howard's frustrations are boiling over. Things were looking up for Orlando for a while, but this past week has been a low point. It can either completely unravel, or it can just be a bump in the road. Howard is trying to get his team's attention and while the media might not be the best place to do it, he's just had enough. He wants to win. Plain and simple.
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Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:24 pm
 

Dwight Howard calls out teammates in a big way

Hard to tell if his teamates aren't putting forth effort because they know Howard will bail anyway.  But with last night's performance, it's hard to justify Howard wanting to stay there.  Also, the more the Magic implode the more desperate they become and the wose the offers for Howard will be.  There's no reason for any team to offer a lot for Howard now because this abbreviated season is already 1/3 over.  Why not just wait until next summer.  The Magic are starting to look like the T-Wolves but with better weather.  One star and a bunch of scrubs.  Then again the T-Wolves have beaten some good teams this year.  That may be an insult to the T-Wolves.



Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:24 pm
 

Dwight Howard calls out teammates in a big way

Hard to tell if his teamates aren't putting forth effort because they know Howard will bail anyway.  But with last night's performance, it's hard to justify Howard wanting to stay there.  Also, the more the Magic implode the more desperate they become and the wose the offers for Howard will be.  There's no reason for any team to offer a lot for Howard now because this abbreviated season is already 1/3 over.  Why not just wait until next summer.  The Magic are starting to look like the T-Wolves but with better weather.  One star and a bunch of scrubs.  Then again the T-Wolves have beaten some good teams this year.  That may be an insult to the T-Wolves.



Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:23 pm
 

Dwight Howard calls out teammates in a big way

Hard to tell if his teamates aren't putting forth effort because they know Howard will bail anyway.  But with last night's performance, it's hard to justify Howard wanting to stay there.  Also, the more the Magic implode the more desperate they become and the wose the offers for Howard will be.  There's no reason for any team to offer a lot for Howard now because this abbreviated season is already 1/3 over.  Why not just wait until next summer.  The Magic are starting to look like the T-Wolves but with better weather.  One star and a bunch of scrubs.  Then again the T-Wolves have beaten some good teams this year.  That may be an insult to the T-Wolves.  



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:45 pm
 

Dwight Howard calls out teammates in a big way

Nobody reads long posts.



Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:22 pm
 

Dwight Howard calls out teammates in a big way

What a difference a week makes!! Orlando was atop their division and gaining momentumevery game, now they are in no more than a slump.  Unfortunately its being magnified by these latest comments and amplified by the Magic's horrific play as a team in the last few games.  I guess theres 2 ways to look at this.  Trade Howard ASAP b/c he's a distraction or trade him cuz he wants out anyway, and Orlando can still get a valuable player or 2 out of the deal.  Personally, I don't think the Magic team is that bad.  Anderson and Richardson are really good, and Nelson is okay I guess. JJ Redick supplies a good spark off the bench.  The one guy I've never been crazy about is Hedo Turkoglu.  I know he's widely considered a good player but I dunno, maybe its cuz he's so weird lookin!! So as far as the team goes, I think they have some real talent!!  You just never know how things are gonna turn out when it comes to big moves like this.  They have some reliable scorers that might really thrive if they get some more touches.  I remember I was blown away when the Bulls got rid of Ben Gordon, especially after how great he played in that playoff series against the Celtics! Look at them now.... Rose is killing it on a regular basis, and Luol Deng has been a nice compliment.  They play great as a team and thats the point.  So Maybe the Magic trade Dwight Howard and get a reliable center in return (anyones guess who that'll be, based on all the rumors).  I think they could do okay if they traded him to the Lakers and got some combination of (Pau Gasol OR Andrew Bynum) with Troy Murphy and possibly a draft pick. Or they could could try to trade Howard,Duhon and Quentin Richardson(which would supply LA with some much needed Guards) and again try to get (Gasol OR Bynum) along with Troy Murphy and Jason Kapono.  I know on paper, this doesn't sound like a terribly intriguing trade idea buuuut Darius Morris is garbage.  I know he's a rookie but my unbiased opinion of the minutes I've seen him play, just doesn't make me think he'll be good.  So Orlando fills the void, getting a true big man like Bynum or Gasol and also having Troy Murphy as an option off the bench or to run a bigger lineup.  I know he is somewhat injury prone but he was lights out for the Pacers when Granger was hurt.  He didn't just step in, he was scoring 25-30 points and pulling down 12-15 rbs every game and I think he still has that in him.  So as a proposed lineup you have Gasol or Bynum as the Center, Ryan Anderson and Troy Murphy as your PF's, Jameer Nelson as your PG and Jason Richardson as your SG.  You got Redick leading the way for bench points, along with Big Baby, Turkoglu and Kapono. And if Murphy comes off the bench, you can start Glen Davis.  As for the Lakers, well they get Howard, a dominant big-man that plays very similar to the way Shaq did, and Kobe clearly plays well in such a system.  And since Fisher is getting old, Duhon could add an element of energy and offensive aggressiveness that the Lakers desperately need.  So you have a similar Lakers lineup but gain Howard, and possibly try Duhon as the starting PG.  Then they can still have Quentin Richardson and Steve Blake (once he's healthy) supplying bench points and have a reliable back in Derek Fischer.  I like Fischer because he doesnt make alot of mistakes but I've seen Duhon play well when he's playing with confidence and he could provide an extra element to this sluggish Lakers offense. Anyway, just a theory but I think it could benefit both teams!



Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:00 pm
 

Dwight Howard calls out teammates in a big way

@Brees How do you consider 10-17 good for an 8 year old? I know 8 year olds that go 17-17. It isn't always about free throws. They lost by 26 so even if he makes all of them they still get blown out by 19. It might be a little biased. But there are supposed to be 5 guys on the court. Where were the rest of his team?



Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 2:26 pm
 

Dwight Howard calls out teammates in a big way

What the heck are the magic doing? Trade the guy already. Longer they wait more other teams will make worse offers. They could have had Bynum and Gasol months ago. Now I would not let Magic have more then just Bynum. Why would they. Magic have to trade him or he walks as free agent and they get nothing. Their GM is really being stupid. Sooner he gets traded sooner they can move on. The best Deal is still take second next center for him. Nothing else out there better.



Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:50 pm
 

Dwight Howard calls out teammates in a big way

He could care less about how hard his teammates are playing he just wants out of Orlando period.  He's expressed it numerous times to the GM that he wants to be traded and since a move hasn't been made yet, this is the next logical step for him to get what he wants.  Go ahead keep bashing your teammates and organization it'll eventually get you what you want, but at the same time you'll lose respect from fans like myself.  



Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:48 pm
 

Dwight Howard calls out teammates in a big way

Not too often I can sympathize with a basketball player but Dwight, you got me.



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:03 pm
 

Dwight Howard calls out teammates in a big way

Weak effort by the Magic last night.  They shot 21 free throws, and Howard shot 17 of the 21.  No starter went to the line other than Howard.  He will be ouuta there soon.  That team is going nowhere fast, so they should ship Superman out while they still can.  He should practice his foul shooting in between rips on teammates.  10 for 17 is great... for an 8 year old.


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