Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 at 2:10 pm  |  81 responses

Dwight Howard Says Orlando Magic Teammates Were ‘People Nobody Wanted’

You’re not going to believe this, but Dwight Howard has once again put his foot in his mouth. Shocking, we know … In a wide-ranging interview with a CBS TV affiliate, Howard threw his former teammates under the bus by saying they were players that “nobody wanted”, but that he still deigned to lead them. Howard and the Los Angeles Lakers will visit the Orlando Magic next week, which should be a fun little circus. Per the Orlando Sentinel: “Howard began: ‘And I understand coming here to L.A., Kobe’s here and for 17 years Laker fans have seen Kobe be, they just see Kobe as somebody who’s serious. It seems like he doesn’t fool around, joke around, whatever it may be. But that’s his personality, and just because I don’t necessary make a [growling sound] or do all that during games or on the bench, that doesn’t mean I don’t care about succeeding or wanting to win. And I always tell people, ‘Hey, my team in Orlando was a team full of people who nobody wanted, and I was the leader and I led that team with a smile on my face.’ Howard’s comment will add some intrigue to the March 12 matchup between Howard’s Lakers and the Magic at Amway Center. That game will be Howard’s first game in Orlando since April 5, 2012. [...] That sentiment, as well as his previously stated desire to play alongside point guards Chris Paul and Deron Williams, created friction with his teammates, including his Magic co-captain, Jameer Nelson.”

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  • JML-G

    unlike Lebron in Cleveland, Dwight actually had solid supporting cast in Orlando.. and karma is a b**tch – cry baby Dwight is turning into star player nobody wants

  • Max

    Not cool man, not cool.

  • hoodsnake

    Then this fool says he aint tryin to be like shaq?

  • Barnettej

    Thats funny…. I knew alot of people who wanted Rashard Lewis and Jameer Nelson on their team, both were All Stars. But hey, what ever makes you feel better Dwight… Cant wait to Boo you in Orlando… its going to be EPIC.

  • Lloyd

    He’s right. They couldn’t get any good players through trades because nobody wanted them. A team full of three point shooters and one post presence isn’t going to make much noise consistently. It’s another thing altogether to go out there and say it publicly though

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

    How are you going to claim that you were a leader then in the same sentence, throw your former teammates under the bus.

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

    It’s good that he’s backing up what Josh Smith just said about him

  • RedDragon10

    Hedo Turkoglu was also an epic closer during that 09 run to the finals.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    oh wow. someone shoot this ni66a. ill have my orlando goons waiting for him lol

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    hes delusional if he thinks hes a leader

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    bum ass howard

  • AndyK415

    I totally agree. It would never happen but it would be hilarious if no one offered him a contract this summer.

  • Caboose

    Didn’t the Magic beat your new team this year, Dwight?

  • Name

    Hope Ibaka punches Dwight in the nuts tonight

  • mike

    His teams that no one wanted made it to the FINALS, and Eastern Conference Finals…. his team that got beat by Indiana was virtually a new team due to midseason trade , if given proper amount of time to develop that team could have been competitive….. ….DWIGHT COWARD

  • playa

    I cant belive this,i really really liked Howitzer before& he turns out to be a giant spoiled douchebag… and sad to say Dwight but the year you lead your team to finals it was Hedo&Lewis+Skip to my lou who did almost everything offensively in the play offs to make your “lead” happen.Sheesh.

  • clydesays

    Didn’t the Magic (Like the Cavs before them) sign whoever their franchise player wanted? That was what I heard when Howard was in a Magic uni…

  • The Fury

    Which I believed why they made the Finals because Hedo was great that season. Most of Dwight’s bucket came from him.

  • KoloradoKobe

    Dwight’s idea of leadership is to first off the ship that’s sinking.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Some people just need to learn how to shut their mouth.

  • Pups

    I see what he’s trying to say, but it’s not like he had a bunch of D-League players running with him. There were numerous times where Jameer Nelson bailed Orlando out in crunch time. Guys like JJ Redick, Rashard Lewis, Hedo Turkoglu and Ryan Anderson stretched the court so Dwight could operate inside without a teammate clogging the lane.

    Orlando was like early-2000′s Sacramento : A lot of fun to watch, great ball movement and great shooting. But, they did not have that alpha dog leader who could step up and get guys in line when things got out of hand. A guy like a Kobe, Lebron, D-Wade, even Dirk. They always came off as teams that were afraid to step on each others toes or get in each others faces when the going got tough.

    The lack of mental toughness is what did those teams in, and that’s what Dwight has to work on. If he doesn’t have any mental toughness or decisiveness after being around Kobe this year, I’m not sure what it will take.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    This might be the stupidest dude in the league

  • bike

    Dwight has a real knack for plastering some serious trouser chili on himself.

  • Dubs4Life

    DHoward, can you just shut the f*ck up and play ball??!!

  • Youngindy21

    Naw his supporting cast was trash. All he had was a bunch of one-dimensional three point shooters in Orlando. It works well in the regular season but not in the playoffs.

  • RayJr

    Some Lakers fans don’t even want you.

  • Matt

    he’s still an extremely good player but he’s an idiot for saying that

  • Matt

    That’s stupid. Both the early 2000′s Kings and mid to late 2000 Magic teams were contenders. They didn’t need more “mental toughness”. You think guys in the Finals didn’t want to win the championship? You think that they needed to be “tougher”? No, when you’re a contending team, especially one that’s likely to make the Finals, it isn’t toughness that you need but luck or tactical advantage.

  • roscoe

    DH12 is right.

    who the heck plays for ORL now?

    You ppl are so subjective it hurts.


  • roscoe

    i agree with u Lloyd

  • pposse

    well there goes that theory of DH signing back with the Magic in the offseason. WOW, i cant believe he would stoop to this level.

  • analfissures

    I see you a Dwight Howard and raise you a JaVale McGee.

  • AndyK415

    That’s because Dwight would have whined if they went out and got another post presence! You don’t think Dwight signed off on these players they brought in in the first place?

  • Lloyd

    The only people who maybe could’ve got some value in a trade were Hedo and Lewis. Hedo left after their finals run in FA. With just Lewis, they beat the Bobcats and Hawks in their first two rounds and then got spanked by the first real contender they faced, the C’s.

    Let’s not kid ourselves. That finals run was a Cinderella story. By no means were they ever considered contenders for the very reason I listed above, as well as the fact that Howard didn’t get enough touches.

    That 11′-12′ roster was just another bunch of 3-point shooters so I don’t know what you’re talking about. It would’ve resulted in the same disappointment as every other season.

    The whole Dwightmare really appropriately made Dwight look like a villain, but overshadows how bad the Magic were and how mediocre they were going to stay. He handled it wrong, but he was valid for wanting to leave.

  • Lloyd

    They didn’t need another post-presence per se. Someone who could beat their opponent of the dribble and finish around the rim would’ve been nice too. I mean Jameer and Hedo? Let’s not kid ourselves, the Magic were not a good team and didn’t have good trade pieces by any stretch of the imagination.

  • Lloyd

    Hedo left through free agency that off season. Let’s not disregard the fact that the Magic were a horribly managed team just because the Dwightmare happened.

  • Lloyd

    We can all agree that that means nothing.

  • joe king

    Anyone else remember that year when dwight was injured against philly for game 7 and after the magic won there were claims that someone on the magic thought that they played better without dwight?

  • Caboose

    You mean, “We Lakers fans choose to believe it means nothin and you’re a hater if you disagree.”

  • Caboose

    i would LOVE those two dudes on the same team. One brings stupidity off the court, one brings stupidity on it.

  • Caboose

    Yup. Dude acted as GM for a bit. I know he specifically asked for Glen Davis.

  • RedDragon10

    That’s not the point I was making. The point was that he had a pretty good cast that season.

  • Lloyd

    I’m not a Lakers fan but one game doesn’t mean anything. They also lost to my Raptors, but no one’s going to hail the Raps better than the Lakers.

  • Lloyd

    My mistake. But still, 1 cinderella season doesn’t mean that the team was good. There were a lot of factors that went into Howard wanting to leave the Magic.

  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    now that he’s not there, he dares to say…

  • RedRum

    I am really surprised that someone has not hoaxed him so far Manti Teo style… The guy is a complete moron! I guess he has a smart manager…

  • Caboose

    I never hailed the Magic to be better than the Lakers. It’s hard to insult the skills of players who you recently lost to. It would be like if Republicans claimed that the Democrats run terrible presidential election campaigns. Maybe they do, but that terrible campaign won. Just makes you sound whiny and ill informed.

  • Chukaz

    This is accurate about the end of his Orlando career. After the 09 finals they traded away Lee for Vince and left themselves with no young players to grow alongside Howard. By ’11-12 who REALLY wanted any players on that Roster aside from Howard? They can’t get rid of Hedo’s contract, nobody’s giving ‘em anything for a 30 some year old sub-6 ft PG who’s not that good of a passer. They managed to get rid of Rashard’s horrible contract by trading for Arenas’ even WORSE contract. Their only semi desirable players were Jason Richardson (over 30, but we wit an appropriate contract) and Redick (way to white to be a building block).

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange bets Rent-A-Center can’t figure out why the media constantly puts a microphone in front of his face. Dude is a vehicle for website hits.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    The boos he hears in Orlando will be almost as bad as the boos LeBron heard in Cleveland. Just hope no one throws anything at him like they did with LeBron.

  • The Philosopher

    Aww… he misses Orlando.
    In my assessment.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    No, Javale is fun loving and goofy. Dwight is seriously stupid, but thinks he’s smart

  • http://www.facebook.com/jab.ras.7 Jab Ras

    I don’t know why Dwight gets away with stuff like this. If this had been Lebron there would be over 300+ comments

  • Lloyd

    I see what you’re saying, but just because his team lost one game, doesn’t make Dwight personally or the Lakers lesser in skill. Therefore, the Presidential elections would be a flawed analogy since one game wouldn’t equal the finality of winning the presidency. It’s more like the Magic won in one state.

    Anyway, regardless of the Lakers winning or losing in that single game, Dwight’s probably the most informed to speak on the skill of the teammates he played with. Whiny? sure. Ill informed? No.

  • dannyb

    Who wants to bet that Dwight tries to explain what he meant in the next 24 hours and ends up making it sound even worse than it does now??

  • Blaze man

    This is a legit argument right here

  • mike

    The 11-12 Roster was 2 games behind the home court 4th seeded team , despite the turmoil and distraction Dwight imposed during the season, they were still able to have a decent record….

    Clearly it would not have beaten the HEAT…. but , the improved play of REDDICK , EARL CLARK ,and GLEN DAVIS ( before injury) this year , shows that all those players had room to improve, Along with some tweaks in the roster in offseason… That team could have been competitive. You say same “disappointment”…….i would argue it could not be any more disappointing than this years LAKERS…

  • Blaze man

    He’s resigning with LA retard

  • nate

    way too white??? that’s stupid

  • http://twitter.com/mantus87 david nelson

    Yeah and we dont want those Laker fans!! because they will be the first ones tweeting Dwight when lakers find a groove…

  • shockexchange

    “Hurt people, hurt people.” Rent-A-Center lashed out at “teammates who were minding their own business, and keeping his name out of their mouths” because of the grief he has been taking in L.A. There was no reason to lash out at his former teammates.

  • shockexchange

    He re-signing in LA. LA will make the playoffs. Birds will fly south for the winter. Way to go out on a limb big guy. What next, “The Shock Exchange is my favorite commenter on SLAM?”

  • speedy

    Nobody wants to lose.

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

    Damn if this was my player mode in 2k13 his Fan points would drop dramatically

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donte-Machiavelli-Hudson/100000723951750 Donte Machiavelli Hudson

    This fool said bc kobe growls, that makes him serious,,, KOBE’S GAME MAKES HIM SERIOUS FOOL! he still doesn’t understand that all that “cheesin” & grinning makes him a mockery to the lineage of big men that dominated this game. Kobe wasn’t the only laker who meant business on the court,,, kobe was serious before the growl. 17years?? Try 70 yrs this franchise hadn’t seen this m much f_____g laughter in them 70 yrs. Wilt wasn’t laughing, kareem, even Shaq didn’t play on the court.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donte-Machiavelli-Hudson/100000723951750 Donte Machiavelli Hudson

    sofT-TTTTT (with a capital T)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donte-Machiavelli-Hudson/100000723951750 Donte Machiavelli Hudson

    Lol, for real tho. Javale brings more right now

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donte-Machiavelli-Hudson/100000723951750 Donte Machiavelli Hudson

    Shaq would’ve been dunking his nuts all in fool PHAT MOUF! that’s a given

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donte-Machiavelli-Hudson/100000723951750 Donte Machiavelli Hudson

    Luck or tactical advantage over MENTAL TOUGHNESS? wow. YOU SERIOUSLY DON’T KNOW BASKETBALL. GIVE ME me a high iQ & mental toughness anyday over those two. Luck is the guy hitting the half court shot for a car. & tactical whatever is coaching,,, take a good look at “the salesman” on miami’s bench riding lbj & wade’s coat tails,,, get back with after you think about it.

  • Ugh

    And they’re doing great without him this year, too, aren’t they?

  • Ugh

    Hell, I think Cinderella is generous. The East was so bad that year Snow White could have lead the 7 dwarves to the ECF.

  • Ugh

    Rashard Lewis was the most overpaid player in the NBA (and went 2-10 twice in the Finals), Hedo played
    Contract Year ball and bailed, and Rafer Alston was a starting guard. Then they brought in Vince as a ‘closer’ (they actually said that), grabbed Big Baby to help rebound, signed Agent Zero Confidence at the nadir of his career, and then got Hedo back when he cost twice as much and played half as well. If you think that’s a solid supporting cast I have some real estate I’d like to sell you while the housing bubble is still strong.

  • Caboose

    Everybody hates Dwight now anyways.

  • Lloyd

    Still finished 6th in the East. They were able to have a decent record with Howard and that was with him averaging a monster double-double. When he had surgery in April, they went 5-9 to finish the season. He didn’t have a good cast at all.

    This year? You mean where they’re 17-44? Forget the Heat, if he stayed they still wouldn’t have beaten the Knicks, Pacers, Nets, Bulls (without Rose), Pacers for sure. The Hawks, Celtics before Rondo went down, and the Bucks would’ve given them a run for their money on any given night.

    At the end of the season, the Lakers are still going to make the playoffs in the West. Orlando would’ve been struggling to be a low seed in the East. I’d take the Lakers disappoint, which no one saw coming, over the perpetual disappoint of mediocrity in Orlando.

  • http://twitter.com/LuisBrownish Luis Moreno

    D-Wade with rookies and washed up players and nobodies made it to the 5th seed. The east was terrible.

  • dN

    being with KOBE, he now knows how to throw teammates under the bus

  • The Philosopher

    Absolutely agree…

  • Chukaz

    Unlike Teo, Dwight’s a millionaire so when he wants a woman to bounce up and down his co(k he simply goes to a bar and someone’s up for it. He doesn’t need to have a long distance relationship with someone he’s never met in real life just so he can have phone sex

  • Matt

    No. Luck and tactical advantage are matching up with your opponent well, having an injury to the best team in the conference (or the team that poses the most threat to your team), hitting shots at a high rate or being lucky and having your opponent miss their shots (Miami was lucky OKC suddenly couldn’t hit their wide-open threes in the Finals last year. OKC was getting good looks all throughout the playoffs but couldn’t make them even though they did in the regular season), getting a few foul calls in your favor, etc. This isn’t about “toughness”. Guys at the highest level have enough “toughness”. They simply need to be better or luckier than the other team.

    “Toughness” might matter to a team like the Lakers, where it seems like Dwight Howard isn’t trying as hard as he can. “Toughness” might matter to the Sacramento Kings, or the 76ers, or the Bobcats. Do you really think that the Heat being “tougher” than OKC was the deciding factor last year? If so, then YOU don’t know your basketball.

  • Matt

    Redick was actually very highly coveted this season. But yeah, I agree with your (and Dwight’s) assessment.

  • Matt

    Rather than saying he doesn’t love basketball, I think it would be more accurate to say that Dwight is selfish. He doesn’t seem to care about the season; he cares more about getting healthy and receiving his next big contract. Whether or not that involves playing is really up to him and he knows it. Dwight also knows that the boos will go away when he starts winning, so the negative press this season doesn’t weigh that much on his overall career.