Posted by Matt Moore
Dwight Howard is angry at teammates for what seems like the 400th time. The Magic fell to the Kings last night in an unforgiveable loss in which Howard scored 31 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. During the game, the big man let his voice be heard. When his teammates didn't respond, Howard said he was through talking. From the Orlando Sentinel:
“I’ve said everything there is to say,” said Howard, sitting dejectedly in front of his lockers with a semi-circle of reporters around him. “That’s it. I’ve talked every timeout, when we’re in the huddle, in the locker room… What, you want me to Tweet about it? I’ve done everything I’m supposed to do as a leader.”
“If guys don’t want to play, they’ve got to sit down,” Howard said. “We just can’t have guys or anybody out there not playing hard.”Howard continued.
“Everybody on the team has to step up and play hard,” he said. “I’m not singling anybody out; I’m not calling anybody out. But as a team, if we don’t play hard we’re going to lose every night.”via Dwight Howard rips Orlando Magic after loss to Kings video – Orlando Magic BasketBlog – Orlando Sentinel.
The timing is particularly poor for the Magic, as Howard, a free agent in 2012, watched Deron Williams be sent to New Jersey and Carmelo Anthony win in his debut in New York. Even though the Magic are the better team of those three, it's another step in the direction of the door, providing Howard another excuse for leaving the Magic high and dry. Howard did everything he should and could last night to help the Magic win. It wasn't enough.
No word on whether the Magic teammates will try and give him a technical.
Eventually the talk's going to stop and then there are going to be changes, if the Magic don't turn this thing around.