Thursday, March 7th, 2013 at 10:25 am  |  41 responses

Dwight Howard Says He Meant No Disrespect to Former Teammates

It’s kind of hard to get people to believe that you meant no disrespect when you say that “nobody wanted” them. No surprise then, that three of Dwight Howard’s former Orlando Magic teammates—Jameer Nelson, followed by JJ Redick and Rashard Lewis—took offense to the big fella’s comments. According to Dwight, however, that shouldn’t be the case. Per the LA Daily News: “Howard insists that ‘a lot of people’ overreated to his comments. ‘I never meant disrespect to none of my former teammates. My statement was to say the team we played with in Orlando were the underdogs,’ Howard said. ‘Nobody really talked about our team and it was underrated. Everybody overlooked us the time I was there in Orlando. I hated that. We hated that. We all thrived off that. My comments were never said to be disrespectful to those guys. They were my teammates for years. They’ve helped me become the player I am today.’ Howard said he’s tried in recent days to reach out to Lewis and Nelson to clarify his sentiments. He hopes he’s able to make amends before the Lakers play Tuesday in Orlando, marking Howard’s first return there since leaving in a four-team, 12-player trade. ‘I know we’re going back to Orlando and they’re trying to stir up as much stuff as they can as I head back there,’ Howard said. ‘I have nothing but love for that city and I have nothing but love for the fans in Orlando and nothing but love for the teammates I played with. My whole statement was based on everybody saying we were underrated. Nobody talked to us when we went to the Finals. It was about Cleveland and no one else. It pisssed us off and we used that as motivation. It was not anything to disprespect those guys.’”

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  • j

    this guy is STILL talking to the media!?

  • Max


  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Dwight Howard says words.
    And then says he didn’t mean by those words, what those words mean.
    And repeat.

  • AndyK415

    I cannot wait for this game against Orlando. I hope the fans and city come at him with so much venom that Dwight completely loses it.

  • Redd

    Not easy to interpret it any other way..

  • http://twitter.com/vannshy vannshy

    if only he could backpedaling that fast on transition defense


    just wat i said to myself. that mouth could ruin his career or life. seriously

  • Markus437

    The Sportsnation B.S meter just broke…

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    What a clown.

  • bike

    Seems like Laker management would sit Dwight down with an expert in media counseling and drill into his head the only thing he says when ever he sees a microphone is ‘I am committed to winning and making the playoffs’. That’s it. Nothing else.

  • Barry McCokkinner

    In all seriousness, I get what he’s saying (and I don’t like Dwight that much). He just meant that those players were underrated and they were underdogs. I remember watching the 2004 Pistons Championship DVD and during the whole video the makers stress how those players were “unwanted”. Nobody saw that as disrespect…

  • http://twitter.com/stepfdelaghetto Stepfan Raiford

    “I never meant disrespect to none of my former teammates.” IMPOSSIBLE!

  • The Philosopher

    It’s too late…

  • robb

    Dwight you’re embarrassing yourself. Just shut up and play,

  • spit hot fiyah

    í know the media asks the same questions to these guys every day, but honestly how hard can it be to STFU

  • Pedestrian Nightmare

    yeah, because that was actually the case, they won, and no former teammate who ditched them went off saying this stuff

  • The Fury

    Then why not just said “we’re (our team) the underdog that nobody wanted” before?

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    *Starts sentence with “No disrespect”*
    *Proceeds to say a bunch of disrespectful sh1t*

  • KoloradoKobe

    In the same piece, he said he told his Orlando teammates “I wouldn’t trade them for the world.” – yet he wanted to leave Orlando. This cat is corny, and just wants to be loved no matter what. He’s never going to man up and take responsibility.

  • KoloradoKobe

    I actually think Dwight is so stupid he thinks he’s being smart here, you know what I mean?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he’s definitely stupid. but his manager, or publicist, should really have intervened by now. it seems like, his management is the problem, just as much as his mouth is.

  • KoloradoKobe

    He needs to fire his publicist and hire Mutombo to just swat every microphone or camera pointed at him.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i love this idea

  • shockexchange

    Jameer Nelson recommended that Rent-A-Center shut up, and what does the guy? He keeps talking. “Hurt people, hurt people.” No matter who he throws under the bus, if L.A. finishes with an underwhelming season, he will be the laughingstock of the L.

  • Caboose

    Has anyone seen that Breaking Bad scene where Mike drills into Jesse’s head to say nothing but “I woke up, I found her, that’s all I know”? The Lakers need to hire a Mike.

  • vtrobot

    That GEICO ad is awesome. Especially Mutumbo’s crazy voice and when he swats the G at the end.

  • vtrobot

    I was thinking of those Pistons too. Big difference between saying that WE were underdogs and I led a team full of players that nobody wanted. If he’s gonna say such stupid things, at least get smart enough to correct them and clarify them as soon as they slip out of your mouth. This dude never realizes what he’s done until much later when the sh*tstorm rolls in.

  • i_ball

    It would be interesting to see what he would say about the Lakers if he leaves after the season…

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

    Best part is when he destroys the kid’s box of cereal.

  • Max

    Their season is allready underwhelming.

  • roscoe

    really? i mean come on.

    who really cares about ORL right now?

    does anyone know their lineup w/out looking it up.

    GET REAL Andy.

  • KBM

    He is the laughing stock of the league, in more ways then one.

  • MikeC.

    He needs to talk to Sheed about how to handle the media. “Both teams played hard.”

  • Caboose

    Jameer, Afflalo, Harkless, Nicholson, Vucevic, with Harris, Moore, Harrington and Udrih off the bench. Nice try though, genius.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    and he’s still talking

  • hushabomb

    By not playing to your potential is disrespecting your teammates.
    By throwing your former team under the bus is disrespecting your teammates.
    When your career is said and done, you will be known as a fool who will fade into obscurity. All you are Dwight Coward is a child growing older and a spoiled brat.

  • Dwight why dont you just keep your mouth shut and play some damn basketball.. Sick of hearing him talk and then apologize and then talk again…

  • AndyK415

    Exactly. Thank you.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez


  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    always putting his foot in his mouth.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    hes lying too