Friday, April 30th, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  23 responses

GM Otis Smith to Dwight Howard: Quit Whining

Like everyone else on the planet, Otis Smith is tired of Dwight’s moaning about foul trouble, tells The Orlando Sentinel that he just wants him to play and figure things out on his own: “Q: He and Stan have talked about how he doesn’t get superstar calls. ‘A: So you want me to fall into that trap?’ Q: No, no, but the idea of a star call – ‘A: I don’t buy into the concept at all. Zero. I don’t buy into the concept at all. I think over the course of a 48 minute game, it all comes back around. Am I going to get some bad calls? Sure. Am I going to get some good ones? Sure. The people running around in the stripes are just like me. The more you yell at them, the worse they get. They’re just like you. If I yell at you every day, your work is probably not going to be A work. It’s probably going to be somewhere around D. I don’t put any leverage in star calls, non-star calls. I think you play the game. The game is physical and tough. You’re going to get some calls, you’re not going to get some calls. I know if you smile a little bit more and talk to them you may get one. I think our officials do a good job of refereeing our games this time of year and it’s a tough call. I don’t care who you are. It’s tough when all of a sudden possessions become slower, everybody’s got two feet in the paint and it’s hard to score. That’s what the playoffs are about. Welcome. Got another round of this, it’s going to be just the same. He just needs to be on the floor longer than 28 minutes. Period. That’s not on the officials, that’s not on Stan, that’s not on Marsh. That’s on Dwight. It’s tough. You’re a big guy, guess what? It’s tough. Sorry. Move on. Basically your team needs you on the floor longer than 28 minutes in order to be successful. Every round it’s gonna get tougher. We can get through the Charlotte Bobcats without him on the floor. We cannot get through whoever the next opponent’s gonna be without him on the floor. Bottom line.’”

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  • The Philosopher

    Shout out to Sydney Green.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Fu(king SNAP right there Dwight.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    TOTALLY AGREE. The caps represent shouting.

  • JoeMaMa

    Am I wrong in thinking this is basically an indirect appeal?
    “Hey refs, sorry for Dwight’s crying, please don’t screw us down the road”

  • Randy Brown

    The Magic did win their series right? I’ve never heard a moanier successful team

  • Sparker

    tell ‘em

  • fut.

    Dick Bavetta has kryptonite in his whistle.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton


  • Exile

    Otis Smith is manning up for his team.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    i think actually could get through the bucks without howard, but i don’t think otis wanted to say that.

  • capostat

    Yes, JoeMaMa.

    It’s funny the “skepticism bone” you kind of develop after years of reading quotes and taking them into context of whatever situation that they are of.

    Or maybe it really isnt that important…

    But anyway, you can see the patronizing of the refs, the league (or playoff atmosphere), the Bobcats, the Bucks/Hawks, and Howard all in that quote.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    that quote is GOLD.
    as for dwight’s whiney attitude? i think it’s just a reflect of the coach.

  • lupe

    I personally have always thought that Dwight Howard was corny as hell

  • kwame

    daaaaamn…i like that

  • mike

    I feel like im the only one who thinks dwight handled the reffing relatively well. If you think about the horrible calls on Dwight, he rarely got a technical for arguing, he did not get into shouting matches nor did he whine during any of the press conferences during the series. He let the game continue and did not hurt his team. But after the series he wrote a blog, which wasnt all that whiny. But ever since that blog everyone thinks Dwight is crying about it. No other player or Defensive player of the year has ever been treated to such bad calls in 4 games, i hope the refs let him play without dwight having to sacrifice his game. And otis , there is such thing as superstar calls, just watch any NBA game

  • coggie13

    you can have superstar calls when u can play like that.. ur not a superstar.. ur an athletic freak.. got to be able to play under the ring before u can play over it..

  • coggie13

    and the calls werent horrible.

  • http://slamonline.com Dave

    Dwight Howard to Otis Smith: Fat Chance.

  • Le Dance Dance Revolution

    New Rule : Players get a tech if they talk to refs more than once in a game, PERIOD. In high school, I couldn’t imagine even talking to a ref !!!! Only coaches should be allowed to talk to refs, and refs should only talk to coaches.

    Lakers in 2010, don’t hate, it’s not a good look.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Damn coggie, imagine if Shaq would have made all his free throws.. That’s a 70 point night LOL.

  • http://www.addictedtobeauty.ca Kevin

    WOW, love this.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Otis is right. While some of the fouls on Dwight were questionable, their were lots of non calls on him too. Charlotte always attacks the basket and trys to draw fouls, their was no conspiracy here. Dwight just got roughed up and cried about it.

  • Scottie Pimpin

    “Dick Bavetta has kryptonite in his whistle.”

    thats is FUNNY.