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Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 at 11:08 am  |  38 responses

Dwight Howard Unhappy With Elimination of ‘Center’ Position on All-Star Ballot


by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

The NBA decided to remove the center position from the All-Star ballot, replacing it with three non-descript frontcourt positions.

Though it makes sense on a number of levels, not everyone is happy with the new ballot. In fact, Dwight Howard is steaming mad about it.

Per ESPN:

“I don’t like it at all,” said Dwight Howard. “We work just as hard as anybody else. I don’t think it’s fair to take away a position which has been here for life. You need a center on the court. So I don’t think it’s right. That’s like taking away a guard. That’s how I feel. It’s been that way since they started All-Star Games, so why change it now? Because centers shoot 3′s now?”

“The game changes every day,” said Howard. “It changes every year. You look at the game back then and now, centers are bigger, stronger, faster. Guards are bigger, stronger, faster. So the game evolves. That doesn’t mean you take out a position because of the game evolving, because the players that play center are evolving also.”

Howard, a six-time All-Star, seems more concerned about other centers not getting the recognition they deserve going forward.

If anything, Dwight should be happy about the change to the ballot, as more big men now have a greater chance of making the All-Star Game. Eventually, he’ll come to realize that.

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  • Troy

    I understand what Dwight is saying, but it’s just the All-Star game. I’d rather have the spot of say Marc Gasol be given to Josh Smith, strictly for entertainment purposes. Besides with the center position being so diluted, it allows more deserving fowards to make the team over a center just for the sake of a center.

  • spit hot fiyah

    stop complaining dude, u r making it anyway. and no, you don’t NEED centers in the all star game

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    maybe it’s because, on some teams, they don’t really use a Center. Center is just a label for Power Forward who is a little taller anyway.

  • Pen2x

    That’s right. I don’t like to see Hibbert making it and KG and TD being left out because of them being PFs.., oh and BTW Just mention Jamaal Magloire (oh god why?) to Dwight and he’ll agree that the Center spot should be removed.

  • dry lemon

    i think what KAJ would say…

  • Caboose

    Enjoy your whine machine, LA.

  • jeiko

    The NBA is right. They realized that there is no more dominant center now unlike in the 90′s..Shaq is right also today’s center is not the same anymore..Dwight if he play in the 90′s maybe his position is PF..

  • The Big Cheese

    Exactly what I was thinking. I was hoping he left that noise in Orlando. I hate the Lakers, but he should shut up for at least a year after what he’s put everyone through over the past two.

  • The Big Cheese

    Exactly what I was thinking. You’d think he’d have left that noise in Orlando. I mean, I hate the Lakers, but Dwight should be happy with his current situation and just shut up and play after two years of bitching. Anyone remember when Dwight was the fun-loving, Superman-cape wearing, comedic Shaq of the future? What happened to that guy? I think he’s hiding somewhere with the black Michael Jackson, the creative Ridley Scott, and the Obama who spoke of change.

  • lex

    Dwight Howard unhappy ? you dont say

  • LeroyShonuff

    He actually has a point. Believe it or not, the center position has gone under a mini resurgence in the past couple years. We actually have about ten quality centers now. Compare that to the SG position, the center position is in better shape. I say Dwight point is valid. He just lost all forms of credibility with his actions in Orlando but he is on the money about this

  • elmaar

    if you are a great center you’ll be in the all star game no matter what
    either the fans, coaches or the league will put you in eventually
    as for Howard, he, despite all the backlash he has received, should still make the west starting lineup

  • bike

    I kinda agree with the big guy on this. Whatever, if they want to create three non-descript frontcourt positions then do the same for backcourt positions.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    By “we” he means himself, Andrew Bynum, and Tyson Chandler…the only true centers left in the league. Brook Lopez is 7’0 and can’t rebound. Tyson can’t really score. No one else worth mentioning. The game is evolving but not in the way he described. Centers aren’t bigger and faster. Who in the league now is bigger than Shaq, Alonzo, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing and Hakeem The Dream from the 90s? Dwight is the most physically dominant center now and he is just one inch taller than Hakeem who wasn’t as physically imposing as the other centers in the 90s. He should accept it. As for needing a center, ask LeBron and those boys how about how much they needed a center last season.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Roy Hibbert also deserves mention.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    I think Dwight has a point, but people are so tired of hearing him speak that they aren’t even paying attention to what he’s saying…With that being said, shut up D12… You do have a point, but shut up. Go into the locker room and tell Kobe to say it. You have a better chance there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003246310246 Jason Carter

    Hes a lock for the position whats he worried about

  • A.

    Marc Gasol.

  • http://twitter.com/anorman14 6’9

    As a BIG myself, I take the stance of “BIG Worm” from the first FRIDAY movie, “Its the principality of the matter “. It disrespects the position. Sign of the times I guess..smh. I’ll just take my frustrations out on a 6’5 & belwo dribbling sf/g the next time he drives to the lane…”A-Train” style (Artis Gilmore)

  • LakeShow

    Demarcus Cousins

  • LakeShow

    We are, thank you.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    Bazinga!

  • LeroyShonuff

    Demarcus Cousins, Joakim Noah, Greg Monroe, NeNe, Gortat, Marc gasol, Al Jefferson, Roy hibbert, and Pepe all disagree sir

  • Lorneycakes@gmail.com

    That pic makes Dwight look semi-retarded.

  • Rikruben

    Think of it this way: What other position is picked for an all-star game that actually takes better and more deserving players’ spots? Only center. You can’t compare centers to guards because fans and coaches are mostly right when it comes to those poistions. Now you won’t have people like Jamal Magliore getting picked over player who should actually be there.

  • bike

    Actually, if you asked LeBron and co if they needed a center last season, I’ll bet they would say yes, it would have been real nice if they had a big, rim-protecting center. It didn’t prevent them from winning it all, but it was obvious at times that’s what was missing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/simon.chiu.10 Simon Chiu

    Dwight you just said it. If the game is evolving that includes the definition of positions. OR might just be upset because he’s scared he won’t make the list lol

  • http://twitter.com/DPisWill DePaul Williams

    Center is a dieing breed, first MJ won without having a dominant center, and then Lebron won the chip without having a starting center (since Bosh is a natural 4). Look at the different forwards in the league playing center and having success–Bosh, Garnett, Duncan, Bargnarni (spell check lol), the list goes on…Dwight is a dominant center that is shorter than Kevin Durant lol no disrespect but changing the ballot was a result of the evolving game.

  • robb

    Dwight impersonating Shaq in that pic

  • Avery Smith

    The problem is that the game is full of fowards. It’s the evolution of drafting. Think about it. The dinosaur days of basketball started at both ends-the quick but small guard, and the offish but tall center. 50 years and a bunch of drafts later, you get, what I like to call,

    “LeBronasaurus Jamus”

    A generation of basketball players who contain extreme quickness and speed, on top of superior height and strength. So, really, on the guard end, players got taller, but on the center end, players got shorter.

    And the pic of Dwight Horward is GOLD! Pure GOLD!

  • arnoud

    This just in: “Dwight unhappy feeling happy”

  • Marcos Garcia

    You can never please dwight can you?

  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    it doesn’t really matter because only popular players get voted in. so i guess howard is a bit worried somewhere along the line…

  • Zabbah

    I wonder how much the Lopez brothers paid Dwight to say that.

  • AiRsMiTh

    Andrew Bogut???

  • Caboose

    The league is just full of distinctly average to decent centers. Hibbert, Gasol, Cousins, Monroe, Gortat, Jefferson, Chandler, Noah, Hawes, and Okafor are all “centers,” but none of them as of now deserves to be anywhere near the All Star team. Hibbert’s selection last year was the worst since Jameer Nelson.

  • AQWORD

    Great pic choice

  • Bored

    Al Horford?

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