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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.

Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:00 pm

Dwight Howard calls out teammates in a big way

So true harshsaga.  Shaq is right for calling him out for underachieving and also for tryin to steal his moniker!!  The Superman nickname is reserved for leaders!!  Not that Shaq was my favorite player, but the guy won some Championships and he was a huge part of it.  The results were pretty obvious after he left his respective championship teams!!  But ya, the guy is turning the Magic into a sideshow.  When it comes down to it it is always about him.  Alot of people question stuff KG has done and said during his career,primarily with the Celtics but you knew he was all about winning at least!!  And like you said Harshsaga.... if he is all about winning then why is he entertaining offers from the Nets!!  Would he be the difference for them.... who knows??  Point is Orlando is actually a talented team that is being destroyed from the inside out by Howard.  Someone on here made a point about Carmelo at least keeping things quiet and its true.  At least he wasnt blasting his team and publicly discussing trades during the season and after games!! Truthfully I think Orlando could still get some decent trade value for him and they oughtta just pull the bandaid and do it cuz I think they will still be good when Howard leaves.  Then again maybe I'm way off but thats my stance...

Since: Feb 20, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 11:23 am

Dwight Howard calls out teammates in a big way

The more this guy speaks, the less I think of him as a leader and the more I'm forced to agree with (ugh) Shaq's low opinion of him.  Dwight, you're full of it.  Normally I'd applaud the best player outwardly roasting his team after the Magic's putrid week of effort, but not in this case.  Dwight, maybe your teammates are reacting to you publicly praising and asking to be traded to whichever good team the Magic play on a given night (Clippers one night, Celtics another night).  And you keep talking about how all you want to do is win?  Why are the Nets on your trade list, and not the Bulls?  Sure I'm biased as a Bulls fan, but any NBA fan worth anything can see the Bulls have more to offer in a trade then the Nets, and they would still be a better team after a trade.  The Nets are currently one of the three worst teams in the league.  And don't feed me garbage about shoe deals... all that bleep is secondary to winning.  Not going to harp on the free throws, as most guys with hands that big have trouble, but Shaq's right about one thing - you should be averaging 28 pts, not barely cracking 20 pts.  I give Dwight credit for playing somewhat hard this season, but he has no idea how much his words and trade stance are affecting his own team.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:38 am

Dwight Howard calls out teammates in a big way

Id like to be a fly on the wall in that locker room. Then again, after watching some of their past few games, the man has a point. I say its time for SVG to go. When you have guys not putting out the effort, thats when its time to sit thier asses and throw some of these rooks in the fire. I mean, your losing anyway, why not?

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:15 am

Dwight Howard calls out teammates in a big way

Time for Howard to leave town. He is like a loud Carmelo. At least Carmelo in Denverwent about his business quietly. When you call out team mates you do it respectfully and as a leader you hold yourself accountable. Shut up and learn to shoot foul shots. If you could hit 73% some of these losses would be wins.

Orlando needs to tell Dwight to go and don't let the door hit you on the way out. If the Lakers, Nets, Dallas or clips are under the illusion that superman is their savior, get as much as you can for him, dump Hedo with him and move on.

Orlando had a good early run but they don't have the roster to maintain that momentum. They don't have the contract flixibility to improve unless it is by moving Howard and Hedo. Get it done or you will be in the same state as Cleveland and Toronto.

Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:04 am

Dwight Howard calls out teammates in a big way

Howard is such a media whore.  If I am Otis Smith I gotta get rid of this guy - there is no way in hell he' staying.

If the Magic can still get Gasol and Bynum for this diva, i'd do it in a heartbeat.  I just don't know if the Lakers want to go that rout...but they're losing too, so...


Since: Jun 4, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:07 am

Dwight Howard calls out teammates in a big way

Could not agree more with Medina. Howard needs to shut his trap and go practice his free throws. If his teammates are not playing hard it is probably because they are tired of playing with a self centered ass that thinks he is gods gift to basketball. This guy is not as good as he is given credit for. Last year in the playoffs they were forcing the ball in to him in crunch time and he kept getting the ball taken away from him. Cant shoot free throws. No mid-range consistency. Take a look in the mirror Howard. Great player but has the mentality of a spoiled child.

Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 7:28 am

Dwight Howard calls out teammates in a big way

I find it funny how Howard is criticizing teammates' efforts.. This guy spends half the game bitching at the refs.. He is a selfish premadonna who could care less about 'winning a championship'.. As long as he gets his face time on camera, thats all that matters.. What a two faced jackass. All the times he bitches to the refs and basically gives up on possessions. Sad.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 6:40 am

Dwight Howard calls out teammates in a big way

That's correct.  No one reads long posts.  The simple truth has got to be that Howard wants out of Orlando, and with seemingly good reason.  He can't carry the entire team by himself, nor should he want to.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:31 pm

Dwight Howard calls out teammates in a big way

my question is. is dwighthoward enough of a team player to win a championship. he is very athletic and a very good basketball player. he is a problem at the end of a game because of his foul shooting. 

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:30 pm

Dwight Howard calls out teammates in a big way

my question is. is dwighthoward enough of a team player to win a championship. he is very athletic and a very good basketball player. he is a problem at the end of a game because of his foul shooting. 

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