Monday, January 30th, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  13 responses

Ryan Anderson Agrees With Dwight Howard’s Criticism of Magic Teammates

The Orlando Magic are in the midst of an ugly three-game losing streak, which has led Dwight Howard to publicly criticize the team repeatedly. Teammate Ryan Anderson says Dwight is right to question the team’s desire. From the Orlando Sentinel: “Ryan Anderson says he doesn’t have any problem with the comments Dwight Howard made after the team’s loss in New Orleans on Friday night. I asked Anderson if Howard’s comments had any effect during Sunday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers. ‘You know, it’s true,’ Anderson said, referring to Howard’s contention that the team didn’t have enough effort during the loss to New Orleans. ‘I think everybody just needs to hold each other accountable. I don’t want to point fingers. I’m not here to point fingers, because I think it starts with you. If you’re going to say something like that, you have to come out and play hard, and Dwight’s played hard. He’s just looking for everybody else to back him up and come out with a ton of energy and be focused and play hard.’”

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  • ronny123

    in the end of the day,they should work as a team to win a game even a championship

  • Jer dawg

    At least he can accept criticism. But Dwight has Checked out mentally.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeLRym4Q-pg nbk

    Uh Oh. All you little pansies that made a big deal out of what Dwight said better come in here and call Ryan Anderson a “whiny b*tch”….unless you are all over-reactive little hypocrites.

  • shutup

    I see one whiny b!tch in this comment section, calling out his team in the locker room=good leadership, calling out his team in the media=whiny b!tch, simple enough math for you ???

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeLRym4Q-pg nbk

    Saying his team needs to play less selfishly is soooooo terrible. What are they going to do!!!! Especially when role players like Ryan Anderson agree, to the media!! they should forfeit the season.

  • Heals

    This sounds more like, “if you trade for D12 I wanna come too, please…”

  • Ldub

    The issue isnt so much WHAT Howard said, its WHERE he said it. Granted players will get interviewed and will say things in the heat of the moment. But, as a professional, you have to be wise with your words. Call out your teammates in practice or in the locker room (behind closed doors). There is already a rift because of the trade issues. Not only is Dwight causes issues for himself, but he is causing issues for the team once he leaves (which im sure he could care less about). But he is setting a potential standing in other GM’s mind that if he doesnt like a system, or teammates, or the scenario wherever else he goes, this whole trade issue could surface again! No matter how big your name is, if you are bringing issues and baggage, some top teams will not take a chance on you in fear of bringing down the team.

  • http://www.coachesclipboard.net/FlexOffense.html nbk

    Saying your whole team needs to play less selfishly is “calling out your teammates?”. Anyone with eyes could see what Deight said is unarguably true. Noone should be offended, especially people that aren’t even Magic fans

  • shutup

    Thank You LDUB thats my point exactly, I have no problem with making your team acountable, but you dont see Tim Duncan or Rose or even Durant come out and throw their teammates under the bus in the media. and I’m offended as a fan of basketball.

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  • Justin G.

    nbk, why don’t you seem to get it that it doesn’t matter if Dwight is right or not? You DON’T SAY IT IN THE MEDIA!!! Is him saying the whole team needs to play less selfishly not the same thing as saying players are too selfish? Of course it’s the same thing and it’s not something you say in the media. You’re creating a rift with your team and that’s only going to compound the problems the team already has.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeLRym4Q-pg nbk

    No he was talking about one game. He didn’t say we need to always play less selfishly. Y’all are just flat overreacting. Kobe says things like that about the Lakers, not a peep from anybody. Other players say things like that and it doesn’t even get repeated because it doesn’t matter, nobody is offended except sensitive fans. If what he says is true, and he doesn’t actually call anybody specific out he isn’t creating a “rift with his teammates” – Y’all act like Dwight plays on a team with a bunch of 14 year old girls. Grow up.

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