Monday, March 11th, 2013 at 10:45 am  |  45 responses

Dwight Howard Apologizes to Orlando 

by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

On Tuesday night, Dwight Howard will make his long-awaited return to Orlando. He will undoubtedly be serenaded by boos and much more offensive language by the Magic faithful, and he seems a tad nervous about the circus that awaits him.

In a rare stroke of positive PR for the Los Angeles Lakers superstar, he offered up a sincere apology to the folks in his old stomping grounds. The 27 year-old acknowledges that he completely bungled his exit out of town last summer.

Per USA Today:

“In Orlando, I handled a lot of stuff the wrong way,” he said, sitting at his kitchen table. “If any of those people in Orlando are upset with how I did it, I apologize for the way I handled it and the way it was handled in the media. I really just got caught up in wanting to please everybody else. I really love that city. That was the hardest thing to do was to leave that city because I basically grew up there. That was my whole life. Orlando was it. I did not want to leave all that behind — the city, just everything about it. The fans. But I wanted a change for my life. I just felt like there was something else out there for me.”

“There are a lot of things about me that have changed,” said Howard. “I’m becoming a better man because of the stuff that has happened to me this last year and a half. Everybody goes through stuff like this. Even though I’m going through it where everybody in the world can see it, I’m happy that it’s happening. If it didn’t happen, I’d be stuck in my ways. I would never change, and then it would be a lot worse. For all this stuff to happen, for me to sit back and see and evaluate myself and what I could’ve done better and realize that I needed to make a change, I’m getting better. I’m growing up. I’m maturing.”

Howard says the change in his outlook and approach to basketball and life began at the NBA All-Star break last month — he has adopted a new diet (a severe reduction in sweets), the center has grudgingly accepted his role as a defensive and rebounding monster for the Lakers, and against all oods, he seems to be getting along with Kobe Bryant (in addition to marveling at his teammate’s work ethic.) Of course, it helps that the Lakers are on a roll, and have at last entered the Playoff picture.

Dwight doesn’t know how he will handle the “crazy” atmosphere in Orlando tomorrow night.

As you might expect, Kobe has no such qualms about walking into hostile, enemy territory: “Emotional? Man, I’ll talk to him,” a plainly unemotional Bryant said Sunday. “Just go out there and bust their [rear]. Show them what they’re missing. Save the emotional [stuff] for when you retire.”

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  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Won’t help him tomorrow night. Still will get booed and he deserves to be for at least the first return.

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

    “I’m getting better. I’m growing up. I’m maturing”

    You just threw your former teammates under the bus a week ago. Just shut up and play defense.

  • spit hot fiyah

    he just needs stop doing these sit down interviews with all these media outlets. enough damage done already, they wont even take these type of apologies seriously.

  • roscoe


    you have 2 speak up bc all d’white haired, white shoe-ed, golf cart peeps can’t hear u…

    and all the big eared amusement park hat wearing kids don’t care.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mattjonner.salazar Matt Jonner Salazar

    D12, be man enough to face the consequence of your wrongdoings. get ready for hell tomorrow.

  • The Orlando magic fans

    apology not excepted

  • jameer nelson

    more hated than shaq

  • Max

    Ahh, same old, same old.

  • initbruv

    He needs to stop saying that he’s maturing and just act more mature. At least he made the effort, I guess. Kobe said it right.

  • ATL dynamite

    Shut up and play already. Look forward and play like an athlete, basketball should always be your first priority!!!

  • Feez_22

    Will the dwightmare ever END? NBA folks, looks like we have ourselves a permanent villain!

  • vtrobot

    “If any of those people … are upset?” Doesn’t EVERYONE know not to put that BS in an apology that’s supposed to be truly sincere? I’m sure 10 idiots re-read the thing. C’mon, otherwise it’s totally half-ass. (I’m only apologizing if you were upset.)

  • bike

    I suspect the ‘talk’ that Kobe will give Dwight takes place in the locker right before they hit the floor; “Don’t go out there and act like a fuc*in douche-bag tonight, okay?”.

  • robb

    If you’re gonna be nice be nice, be nice, if you’re gonna be an @sshole, be an @sshole, just don’t pretend to be nice when you’re an @sshole because you end up doing what Dwight’s doing and nobody will believe your apologies.

  • theDankerNuggets

    hahah man I love Kobe’s attitude, I can tell Howard is truly trying to do the right thing and apologize for acting like an idiot but he keeps putting his foot in his mouth, just shut, stop caring about what people think, and go out and play your game on the court.

  • anon

    He’s only doing this because he’s shook.

  • i_ball

    He has apologised for everything he said/did in the last year…

  • chumpy

    You mean accepted, right?

  • RayJr

    He needs to stop using the media as his personal diary. It’s like he thinks he’s on The Real World or something confessing everything they ask him about.

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

    Dude needs his man card revoked ASAP.

  • bill

    @ssholes RARELY recognize they’re Aassholes…unfortunately.

  • The Philosopher

    He misses that life.
    Trust and believe.

  • Caboose

    F*ck off Dwight.

  • Caboose

    Yes, that’s what all Magic fans are like. SO F*CKING FUNNY DUDE!

  • shockexchange

    Rent-A-Center sure talks a lot. Just re-sign already would ya?

  • roscoe

    What? I can’t hear you?!

  • roscoe

    you have a potty mouth….

  • The Fury

    Stop! Stop! Stop it!!! (running away while hands covering ears)

  • mike@hotmail.com

    mm – nah real assholes don’t care that theyre assholes- in fact real assholes like being called assholes. but enough about assholes….

  • listenerm

    just win dwight. mind not the critics.no statue has evr been put up for a critic

  • lee

    Dwight just talks too much.

  • windsurfer-sp

    SLAM used paragraphing! Its readable!

  • http://twitter.com/miWORDISBOND Nicky Peralta

    I hate this guys fake good guy act and his fake tough guy act. he lets the media control his image. This man is confused AND an idiot.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    “Emotional? Man, I’ll talk to him,” a plainly unemotional Bryant said Sunday. “Just go out there and bust their [rear]. Show them what they’re missing. Save the emotional [stuff] for when you retire.”

    focused sniper mentality

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    aye dwight. hes just delusional

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    tattle tail ass ni66a

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    hahaha cold!

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    he musta heard what they did to rick ross. orlando goons

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    huge child

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    thats the killer!

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    that superstar orlando life?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    aint nothing wrong with that.. whos our good guy?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    only r kelly and osama bin laden knows how he feels

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