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Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 9:10 am  |  36 responses

Dwight Howard Calls the Lakers’ Season a Nightmare


by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

A controversial coaching change, multiple devastating injuries, and a humiliating Playoff sweep to their bitter rivals. Yes, this season for the Los Angeles Lakers would qualify as a “nightmare”, as Dwight Howard said so aptly.

Howard, who was ejected in what could be his final game as a Laker, refused to comment on what lies ahead for him with free agency looming. The big fella spoke only of what a disappointing year he had in Hollywood.

Per Yahoo! Sports:

“It’s like a nightmare,” Howard said after Los Angeles suffered a 103-82 defeat that swept it out of Round 1 of the playoffs. “It’s like a bad dream and we couldn’t wake up out of it. That’s what it felt like. It seemed like nothing could go right, right from the start, injuries and all that stuff. We get an opportunity to get some rest for guys who are injured. A chance to rehab and think about what we can all do to better ourselves.”

When asked if the last part of that statement reflected optimism toward returning, Howard said: “You’re reading too much into it.”

Heading into an uncertain offseason, the Lakers will of course offer Howard a five-year, maximum $117.9 million contract, the most anyone in the NBA can give him. Whether he signs it, is anyone’s guess.

The nightmare that was the 2012-’13 Los Angeles Lakers has mercifully come to an end. The free agency “Dwightmare”, however, is just getting started.

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  • i_ball

    I bet the Magic fans were happier with what Orlando did this year compared to what the Lakers fans think of this season

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    …that he contributed to. Has a lot of growing up to do still. The TNT guys were right on point with their comments about him last night. His reputation will take a bigger hit if he leaves LA especially after the way he went out last night. Wonder why Kobe came out to watch the game right after Dwight got ejected. Either he was pissed that Dwight couldn’t control himself and quit (even though Kobe quit himself in 06) and stay in the game or he wanted to see the fans one more time before the season was over. The only thing fans had to cheer was Kobe coming out to watch the game. Pau Gasol increased his value after he came back from injury though if the organization wants to trade him. One of the few good things that happened to anyone on that roster this season.

  • shockexchange

    5 Reasons why Rent-A-Center won’t re-sign with L.A. http://www.clicky.me/rentacenter

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

    I got to say I’m disappointed in D12. I respect him for toughing it out this season; coming back straight from back surgery and all the other injuries he had, knowing he wasn’t 100%, but for you to quit on your team when your suppose to step up and be the “leader” while Kobe is down, it’s just disappointing. You know you already you have a technical, why would you do that? A leader wouldn’t quit. My question going forward is even if Dwight is back to being 100% healthy, is he a MAX contract player? I say no.

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

    Number 6…. he’s a quitter and a ….

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  • Anthony Dixon

    lol athletes can’t win. He should have kept quiet but to say he “quit” is kind of reaching. He maybe immature but so is everyone. He gets the criticism because he does not have any rings? Where was the backlash for Kobe when he wanted out and wanting Jason Kidd over Bynum??? Was He a Leader?

    Dwight Howard never wanted to be in LA the first place. I’m not saying he’s going to leave but why stay with a ageing franchise not knowing how good Kobe will be? That Reputation stuff is just nonsense.

  • Mike From Spain

    This just in: LA Lakers call Dwight Howard’s season ‘a nightmare’

  • Max

    Yes he is..
    20-15 with great D.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    You’re pretty off base. He gets criticism because of his decision making. He knew he had 1 technical foul already. He should have kept his cool. Him losing it not even midway through the 3rd quarter when he knew that his team couldn’t afford to lose him is equal to quitting. Him being in the locker room while the team he’s supposed to be leading is trying not to get embarrassed and swept out of the playoffs on their home floor is quitting. Most people don’t even know the name of the defender who frustrated him leading to him getting tossed. Saying he’s immature but so is everyone is a pretty ignorant thing to say. The backlash was out there for Kobe when he said he wanted to be traded and then changed his mind on the same day, where were you? The backlash was out there for Kobe when he decided not to shoot against the Suns in 06. It was there when he was caught on video saying he wanted Bynum traded. Dwight leaving one of the two best franchises in the NBA because he’s not mature enough to handle being the man in LA would result in his reputation taking a huge hit. The best center in the league can’t keep going to teams. He stays and guys come to play with him. Especially in LA. The reputation stuff is legit whether you believe it or not. 3 teams in 3 seasons? You have to be kidding me. And then he tweets and jokes about maybe needing anger management and brings up needing help from Charlie Sheen? He needs to grow up.

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

    I can’t give max money to a guy who doesn’t know how to post up. He struggled to post up against Aron Baynes. Aron Baynes though!!!!

  • Anthony Dixon

    i Stated that he should have kept quiet and how are they the Best franchise ? How are the Magic even a good franchise when they have insiders leaking information to the media? Everyone knows Dwight “plays “around . His actions have nothing to do with how the Lakers were doomed before the playoffs.

    Plus were u really upset at the tweet? I thought it was funny.

  • LP

    Yall talk slot of shh about Dwight, but id sign that MF to a max so quick………I’m willing to let this past year slide, and he even came on strong at the end….lets not forget those Orlando years…he obviously can still do those same things!

  • Caboose

    I love that his last game as a Laker will be known as a horrendous tragedy.

  • Caboose

    Yup.

  • Tupac

    it was.

  • The Philosopher

    Damn.
    The Los Angeles Lakers 2012 – 2013…

    One of the bigger disappointments in recent NBA History.

  • Markus437

    Totally agree

  • Markus437

    I had the same feeling as Dwight when I left Disney world too..

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    It’s not on me to be upset. I laughed at how clueless he is. Who in LA (players, fans or members of the organization) woke up this morning wanting to joke and laugh at getting swept out of the playoffs…but Dwight? He made a fool of himself, admitted it, and then joked about a solution to his problem. In Laker nation, it’s nothing to laugh about. They win championships. I guarantee you Kobe didn’t wake up laughing. Mitch Kupchak didn’t either. And that’s the disconnect. He’s not in tune with what expectations are in LA.

  • Max

    The guy averaged 20 points and he doesn’t know how to post up?
    Than teach him and he’ll give you 40?

  • dmx

    A Dwightmare

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

    You can’t just muscle people in the post. If that’s the case DeAndre Jordan would average 20 points. But I will hold my judgement when he’s 100% healthy. It’s only fair.

  • Anthony Dixon

    I mean i understand if the players and organization are unhappy, even though they lost before the season. But laker nation as in fans should http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGbOCD9z6Uw

  • lebron biggest fan

    Kinda similar to how lebron quit in 2010?

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    He quit in Game 5, but not in Game 6. He had a triple double. People either forget that or just choose not to remember. 27, 19 and 10…not bad.

  • http://twitter.com/ChillFrom91Til Allan

    Dwightmare Part 2…Summer 2013

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    People chose to misconstrue those comments from LeBron in my opinion. Reasonable minds can disagree, but to me, his comments were directed towards people who hated him and his team and took joy in them losing as if it was a big deal in the grand scheme of things. He was simply saying that whether they won or lost, it wouldn’t really change the lives of other people in any significant way which was true. Did they not wake up and keep living their lives like he said they would? Yes. Did he not keep living his life with his family, friends and teammates? Yes. He didn’t joke at all about losing. It shouldn’t be that important to other people to the point where they are happy or sad about a man they don’t know, never met and never will meet, losing a basketball game. If people took those comments as they were instead of letting their dislike for the summer of 2010 creep in, they would have seen that he was just telling those people in the cleanest way possible that he didn’t give a you-know-what about how others felt about them losing. He could have thrown up his middle finger and walked away from the mic and it would have meant the same thing to me.

  • Yesse

    It’s not like anyboyd is gonna give the ring to him for free.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    People can sit here and say that Dwight quit, and shouldve kept his mouth closed since he already had a tech, etc, but when you’re frustrated and things arent going the way you thought they would, you react! Not saying it’s right, but we all have meltdowns. At the end of the day, he is still a human being and sometimes emotions get you. This was a rough year for him and the organization. Had we not all witnessed the Dwightmare last year, everyone’s tone would be different. I think he’s still a max player wherever he goes if he’s healthy and in shape. This year is one of those “throw it in the bag and move on” type situations. Dwight needs to get his ish together and come out next year ready to rock and roll

  • shutup

    So much for Dwight saving the Lakers, they were better off bombing and trying for the draft……

  • Drig

    No draft picks either way. Plus, I’m glad the Lakers tried to push for the POs even if there was almost zero chance of them winning the chip. The Lakers aren’t like other teams. They should NEVER tank. They can trade up in the draft if necessary but they should never tank as long as the L has today’s level of talent.

  • Drig

    When you think about how injuries ate through the team, it ain’t.

    Guys gotta remember that they went 28-12 in the homestretch of the season. Granted they gassed out Kobe but if everyone was healthy and developed some rhythm over the course of the season, I’m pretty sure they would’ve been top 4 seed in the West.

  • LakeShow

    Where do you think he is signing?

  • The Philosopher

    Maybe you’re right…

  • KBM

    Dwights game, even when injured this year, is worth max money. The market for bigs says so.

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