It Is Impossible To Completely Hate Dwight Howard

Basketball, Soul On Ice — By on February 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm

It is time to come to the defense of Dwight Howard.

Throughout the 2012-13 NBA season, Dwight Howard has been called everything but a child of God. He has been ridiculed for not playing through pain by legends of the game, maligned by fans of the game and challenged by the old dog of the Lakers who wants nothing more than to win another championship and for Howard to outwardly display the intensity he shows on a game-to-game basis. He is arguably the most talked-about player in the NBA and for reasons that are not becoming. Despite the fact that he has not fully recovered from back surgery, he is still the best center in the League.

Even with that, he is the face of a team that has taken the word “underachieving” and bastardized it to levels that are rare. Hell, he got cussed out in the All-Star Game for Christ’s sake. Granted, I didn’t watch the Game, but that is what I heard, and sure, he makes millions of dollars and works in California, but money and where you live do not always equate to happiness and it is seen in the way he carries himself just about any time the man is in front of a camera this season.

Dwight Howard is going through it right now and a case can be made that his 2012-13 season, in terms of the vitriol, fury and anger that has come at his head, surpasses that of LeBron James during his final year in Cleveland. Granted, the parameters are not entirely the same, but since they are both superstars, that is why that is the comparison is being used. I, myself, have participated in plenty of discussions, bashing him and his tomfoolery, but I recently had an epiphany.

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  • J. Tinsley says:

    Not sure if anyone has noticed this yet or not, but Kenny is in a zone. So much of a zone, I won’t remind him that JR Smith accidently hit on a high school senior. So much so I will not remind him of Kyrie’s exploits. So much so I can sit back and appreciate great pensmanship when it’s in front of me.

    Kenny is correct. Well, you can still despise Dwight all you want, as long as you realize this Lakers last ditch attempt for the playoffs is not ALL his fault despite what some of Lakers Nation would lead you to believe.

    I’ll leave it at that and see where this discussion goes.

    • There is so much shade in this comment. God bless you Tins.

      And yes, if there’s any doubt as to what Dwight will command in a few months just wait until he hits free agency. I actually think LA could still sign and trade before the deadline and get something back if DHoward says I’m not signing in LA. Its gonna be fun, and in a weird way, I want them to make the playoffs…for morbid reasons I won’t detail right now.


      • J. Tinsley says:

        Oh, I’ve been saying awhile now they’re going to make the playoffs.

        There is no way in hell the Lakers miss the playoffs with THIS team. Utah will stumble and eventually finish in 9th place. I hope so at least. I need GS and Houston to remain in the top 8. I’ll speak more on that very, very soon.

  • Joe Simmons says:

    Gonna have to say that you might have just swayed me to give him the benefit of the doubt. It’s hard to relocate and take the center stage on a team and you aren’t the featured player. It’s been all about him his whole career and now he’s in an offense where he may be the third option most nights. Also the first year after back surgery makes me want to give him a pass. However he isn’t helping his case either with the antics but I understand where he is coming from.

  • No, nope, not at all. I don’t agree with any of this. The reason people are sick of Dwight and bashing him is because he complained his way out of Orlando, lied to everyone’s face about his coach, and turned into a complaining crybaby almost overnight after being that joyous guy.

    So he goes to LA … and continues to pout. I respect that he’s playing hurt and not fully healed, but he continues to be a crybaby and moody star, not the fun-loving guy he was, all of his own doing.

    Dwight Howard is a great player, but screw Dwight Howard.

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