Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 at 3:55 pm  |  40 responses

Dwight Howard Apologized for Complaining About Shots

After Monday night’s humiliating loss to the short-handed Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers superstar center Dwight Howard brought a stat sheet into the locker room and complained to teammates and reporters about his lack of shots (Howard only attempted five field goals against the Bulls.) Today, Howard apologized for his actions, and said that the Lakers’ disastrous season starts anew tonight in Memphis (a similar claim to the one infamously made by head coach Mike D’Antoni last week.) Per the LA Times: “It starts with me,’ he said Wednesday after the Lakers’ morning shoot-around. ‘I have to be more of a player out there on the court and not worry about anything, not complain. Just do what I do best.’ Howard was not happy after getting only five shots in the Lakers’ 95-83 loss Monday to Chicago. He kept telling reporters to ‘look at the stat sheet’ after the game. ‘That was immature,’ he said Wednesday. ‘I shouldn’t have done it. I’ve just got to go out there and dominate defensively and make it tough for teams. I just have to get back to doing that and not worry about the offense.’ Some Lakers fans think Howard should be traded before the Feb. 21 deadline. He becomes a free agent July 1. ‘I understand why they’re saying that because they feel like I have an opportunity to just walk away,’ Howard said. ‘That is my choice at the end of the season but right now my focus is tonight and us doing something real special in L.A. We have that opportunity and we can’t close the door on the opportunity that we have in front of us. We can turn this thing around.’ Howard, however, would not commit to a future with the Lakers. ‘We’re not discussing that,’ he said. ‘Right now, our goal is to win. All I want to do is win. I have to put all my energy into winning and sacrifice whatever I have to do and humble myself.’”

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  • pposse

    i just cant stop reading/ witnessing this trainwreck!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I can’t wait to read his book 10-15 years from now

  • speedy

    “I have to put all my energy into winning and sacrifice whatever I have to do and humble myself.’”
    That sir is what everybody on this team, coaching staff, front office should do.
    Leave your egos at home, play with what you got and justify the immense amount of money you earn.

  • shockexchange

    Ya’ll notice how Rent-A-Center is always talking about stuff – “I’m sorry for complaining about shots,” “I think we should be more like the Clippers,” etc. It’s what he doesn’t say that matters – “Hey ya’ll. I’m ready to re-sign now. Can somebody get me a pen?”

  • robb

    ‘That was immature,’ he said Wednesday. Noooooooo really? Dwight Howard immature? impossible! Shut up and play, be aware so when teammates are trying to get you shots you’re not looking somewhere else, make your ft’s and for god’s sake learn some post moves, you are so predictable every opposing player knows exactly what you’re gonna do.

  • roscoe

    completely agree.

    i think he is on the verge of learning how to keep himself & his teammates accountable.

    the only thing i would add is pau has to man up for dh12 so he can operate optimally inside.

  • roscoe

    your point is solid, but imo the quotes you bring up are more evidence of dh12′s immaturity rather than his calculated scheme.

    dh12 does not calculate anything… he reacts to the “moment” and believes “everything happens for a reason”.

  • bike

    I wish the Lakers would go on a good run starting right now and make all of this go away. I am going to harness the Power of Positive Affirmation to make this happen. If it works, great; if not, then f*ck it.

  • shockexchange

    Sco Sco, the Shock Exchange totally agrees with you. The fact that he’s been in L.A. since the summer and still has not re-signed has not involved any “planning.” It’s all one big happenstance. (Beyonce voice) “If he liked then he necessarily wouldn’t have put a ring on it … You ain’t got nothing to worry about … he just ‘reacting’ to the moment girl.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Not in any way shape or form am I defending Howard’s actions but he does have a point about his lack of touches. That has always been the #1 rule with regards to Big Men; you have to feed them on a consistent basis or they won’t rebound and defend the paint vigorously.

  • LakeShow

    Agreed. I am defending him.
    He needs to get 10+ FGA every game. Whether he is being stripped, swatted, or swiped at, every time or not.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    dwight youz a b!tch- SVG

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    same here

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    he’ll sugar coat a lot

  • shockexchange


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  • robb

    you can’t do that when the guy relies only on his athleticism and has no repertoire to work a little more inside. If he doesn’t get the ball during mismatches or finds himself alone inside he has a lot of difficulties. His inside game is so basic it’s not even funny. That or he gets hacked and f*cks up every ft he gets.

  • roscoe

    the other fact is that he could have walked out on ORL, but instead he signed a short extension which gave him GM “decision making” leverage which in turn was the demise of VPs, GMs, SVG, and horrible signings like Agent-0.

    The momentum of “2012-13 ETO not being exercised” but refusing to sign a long term deal pushed the ORL owner to near death and fueling “dwightmare”.

    As a result of dh12′s past actions there is no reason to think that he will do anything besides putting himself in the best situation to win championships and go planking.

    u seem to believe u can understand the depths of dh12′s “kidding pool mind” while the rest of us continue to watch a grown man act like a indecisive child.

    we agree completely.

  • shockexchange

    Sco Sco you’ve just “outshocked” the Shock Exchange. That’s two days in a row. Only one thing left to do now … pick a park.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    Don’t know about that Lake. He probably gets 10+ FGA if you count the catches that end up with him getting stripped, stolen, travels or picks up an offensive foul. The great thing about Bynum in many of those situations was that he could finish without needing to bring the ball down. And fronting him easily deters him from getting the ball. Pau and Bynum worked the high-low so well when either one was fronted.

  • roscoe

    lol… when roscoe schedules his next world tour you’ll be notified, until then carrying on.

  • shockexchange

    Sco, Sco, Sco, the Shock Exchange is gonna give you chance to edit that last comment. He wants you to think long and hard about what you’re saying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    I’ve heard this before….lol, how many re-starts to the season can a team have before they realize they’re not going anywhere?

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    This is a recurring problem, he had issues with this in Orlando also

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    such a troll lol

  • shockexchange

    Thurstian the Shock Exchange sees “fiddy” in your future.

  • LakeShow

    The trollest!

  • LakeShow

    I understand what your saying. He’s been BAD on the post this year.

  • RetroActive

    He has ZERO post moves, the guy has butter fingers getting stripped every possession, and he can’t make a free throw to save his life. And he brings a stat sheet into the locker room to try to make his point. Really? The same guy who got his coach fired because he can’t put up with Dwight’s bullshit. Dwight is a fucking clown.

  • manhandled

    True Statement. There seems to be a direct correlation between a big man`s involvement within the offense and the effort that is put forth in getting rebounds and playing solid defense. Right or wrong, that`s just the way it is.

  • shockexchange

    (LakeShow voice) “Shockadamus, why did I ever doubt you? You’re my hero.”

  • Eric S.

    The guy doesn’t know how to play the post. He allows defenders to front him, and he tries to get open behind them. That’s because he has no post game. He wants the lob pass, or to get the ball with the basket in front of him. He sucks. He has no desire to win for the Lakers. Unless he changes his attitude, He’ll be a loser.

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  • shockexchange

    (LakeShow voice) “Shockadamus, If I had listened to you earlier, I could have jumped on the Clippers’ bandwagon prior to the season … too late now.”

  • robb

    that’s riiiiight

  • The Fury

    He can’t get that many shots because he doesn’t have the skills to do so. It’s as simple as that. The truth hurts, he mostly scores because of oops and putbacks and a few free throws.

  • The Fury

    At 30, Dwight will just be another has been. Relies too much on his athleticism. No fundamentals, no go-to moves. Very dissapointing.

  • LakeShow

    He has been nice on the post in Orlando his most two recent seasons.
    He has taken a nose dive this season and I’m not sure why.

  • neurogame

    Dwight may have only gotten five shots, but -

    - When he got the ball, he was often stripped last game.
    - When he got the ball, he was fouled and didn’t make his free throws.

    If Dwight makes his free throws and handles the ball better, his attempts would increase and his team mates may be more comfortable throwing him the ball, assuming they are not right now.

    I thought he was working with Kareem(?) Is he just not applying what he’s learning?

  • MasterSplinter

    Dwight Howard: “Guys…Let it go. I’m not immature, i’m misunderstood. I might lack a little self-awareness, but that’s just because everybody and their mother have been calling me the best big man in the game for a few years now. That entitles me to demand the world right? I mean, shouldn’t teams be lucky to have me? My back hurts again because Kareem and I have been working on my moves with my back to the basket…but i’m like F that, fundamentals are overrated. And F Bynum too, I hate centers that keep the ball above their head, they are also overrated….and Kobe…smile more, maybe do a commercial or ad where you try to seem funny and playful, but you just look like a socially unaware Shaq wannabe.”