Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at 11:45 am  |  38 responses

Dwight Howard Feels Like an Even Bigger Villain Now

by Marcel Mutoni / @ marcel_mutoni

The blueprint for Dwight Howard’s redemption is out there. LeBron James proved, once again, that winning championships ensures forgiveness from fans and media.

Dwight wants to emulate LeBron‘s post-The Decision success in Houston.

Per Yahoo! Sports:

“Last year, I felt like I was the villain,” Howard said. “Now, I feel like I’m an even bigger villain.” [...] Howard wants to take James’ and the Miami Heat’s title, but confesses to finding comfort in the redemption of the best player on the planet. For Howard, another scorned star, James’ redemption represents the light in the distance.

“He got hated for a lot of reasons,” Howard said. “I was really, really happy when LeBron finally won. I was unhappy that it wasn’t me up there, but I was glad to see him get through that whole thing. I knew exactly how he felt. People putting you down, saying bad things about your character, who you are as a person. It doesn’t sit well with you. When you go out on the court, you want to show them, ‘Hey, this isn’t who I am.’ Here’s a guy who’s a great basketball player. He did something that was for him, and he did it in front of the whole world. I realized then that our issues, our problems, our flaws are out there for the world to see. You can’t run from it. We have to learn from our mistakes and move forward.”

Howard says he has a better chance to succeed with the Rockets — they have a younger and more promising roster than the Los Angeles Lakers, and Dwight gets to work with Hakeem Olajuwon on a regular basis.

Dwight Howard finds himself on the team and in the situation that best suits him. Winning has to be the next step, and it will take care of the PR war.

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  • berkamore

    A villain? No, the Heat are going to dominate for a few more years and we have of the most exciting draft class coming in next summer. More interesting things to focus on than the musings of an overgrown kid.

    Dwight has a bigger problem, people might just not give a f…k anymore and move on. (if that hasn’t already happened) Indifference is your real problem, Dwight. Personally, I wish he would just stop popping in my face every time I open a Sports website. LOL.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Your not close to a villian dwight.

    you need focus on your game and try to make it to the finals.

    Valuing the opinion of others eliminates your critical abilities. Don’t value don’t respond Do what you want. YOLO.

  • Drig

    More like the “joker” of the pack. Still elite though.

  • therichardkirby

    This guy really thinks that people care about him like that. A villain? Nah, try afterthought.

  • spit hot fiyah

    he needs to hire some new PR people that will advice him to SHUT The f@c) up unless it’s an interview that is mandatory by his contract

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    NBA fan drama is silly, nobody cares. just kick some @ss.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    Dwight comparing himself to Lebron on any platform just shows that he just doesn’t get it. Just stop talking Dwight. Shut your damn mouth man. Tired of hearing this guy blab is mouth.

  • Lloyd

    Is he smiling in that picture?! He’s not taking that photoshoot seriously. Why can’t he ever be serious in these photoshoots?!

  • Lloyd

    Probably shouldn’t click on links that contain the words “Dwight Howard feels…” then…chances are you’re going to read about how he feels.

  • Dundler

    He’s not a villain. He’s just a goddam idiot

  • Jerome

    The only ‘villiany’ Howard poses is that of talent squandered. He is a joke. It doesn’t matter to me how many championships LeBron wins he will always be a diva. These guys should replace a couple of the View hostesses.

  • Ross Fawcett

    Bulls are winning this year.

  • bike

    A villain label would actually be a step up for Dwight. Distraction and disruptive are more accurate terms for this tool.

  • robb

    Villains are hated but they’re also respected. Lebron can get a lot of hate but people respect his game, even those who dislike him respect him.

    Nobody respects a crybaby clown.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    I don’t think Howard is important enough to people to be a villain the way LeBron was. LeBron was seen by most as the best player in the game at that time and for him to leave his hometown and in the fashion that he did made him a villain to some. I think we all can agree that we don’t think he’s a villain but an indecisive and immature individual. That doesn’t warrant a “villain” tag IMO.

  • Busta213

    They are peers though. Its not like DH has never been All Pro multiple times. 12 baby mamas aside, they live somewhat similar lifestyles. Sure Dwight was always the class clown but he always had good press before the Dwightmare saga.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    The difference between the two is that after 2011, Lebron largely stopped talking about why he’s hated, and his plights, and how he wants to prove people wrong. He just did his thing on the court and the results spoke for themselves. You genuinely saw in his attitude and his actions that he had matured as a person.

    Unfortunately, I don’t see the same from Dwight. This guy loves, loves, loves to TALK about all the right things, but he doesn’t know what his biggest problem is: his mouth. He didn’t learn sh*t from his ending in Orlando, nor was he humbled by his year with the Lakers.

    As long time Lakers reporter Kevin Ding said about Dwight, “He’s not a bad person, but he’s naive about almost everything in this world, wanting all of us to revolve around him whether he earns the attention or doesn’t.”

    For the millionth time, just shut the f**k up and play.

  • pposse

    i can’t even imagine what DH would do first if he won a ring..its a tie between the tootsie roll and fake crying right now.

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    Why should we be mad at Dwight?

  • LakeShow

    I couldn’t care less about this guy. I can’t believe how okay I am with the best center in the L walking away from my favorite squad… But I really am just glad to have him gone.

  • Dundler

    He’s just a prima donna who massively benefits from playing in this era. If he were drafted in ’84 or even ’94, nobody ever talks about him

  • MasterSplinter

    I think people are more annoyed then mad.

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    annoyed at Dwight for answering questions?

  • Docio

    He needs to just go somewhere with Jason Collins and play a little 1 on 1 if you know what im saying

  • Dundler

    Cosign this 100%. Lebron is the best of his generation and will be a staple in greatest ever conversations for years. Dwight…is not. As I mentioned in a comment above, were he to play in the 90′s, I honestly don’t think he even makes an all-star game. He’s talked up so much because its something to talk about

  • Dundler

    Do an impression of the trophy

  • Flash

    Yeah right…. Don’t flatter yourself dwight. I’m hoping for roy hibbert to destroy you this season when u guys match up

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    Why do you read these articles on Dwight if you don’t like him.. Does his life affect yours?

  • 23

    That last part seems more like personal feelings. We talk about mutombo. And Dwight, just on his athleticism alone is a great rim protecter. Hes no scrub.

  • Dundler

    Well, in so far as he plays in a league that I am a fan of, yes. A league (and therefore a SLAM website) that only features players I adore isn’t really likely is it?

  • Dundler

    Its personal feelings indeed. But its warranted also. In the mix of talent there was in big men then, Howard just does not compare.

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  • King David

    LOL we will never HATE you as much as we HATE lebron, u were never THAT good !

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  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    One of them “cornball” villians…? Sorry Dwight we dont love you that much to hate you that much…

  • danpowers

    why should anybody outside la or orlando hate howard? well, the orlando dwightmare was pretty annoying, but that lakers soap opera made up for that as it was pretty amusing.

    before he got hurt he was a dominant force only second to lebron and a healthy, motivated howard in houston should equal the dominant guy he was in orlando.

    even if youre a magic or lakers fan: there is not really a reason to hate on him. he obviously doesnt have the maturity or intelligence to know any better, he should not be blamed for anything he did. besides that we should appreciate that somebody doesnt take life or business dead serious. basketball is a game and he just enjoys his time in the nba. imagine everybody would act like this in their jobs (maybe except doctors), the world would be a brighter place.

    all im saying is: give dwight a chance ;)

  • R32

    Been a D12 fan forever but hes making headlines for the wrong reasons. Just play ball son.

  • MasterSplinter

    Annoyed for the way he carries himself with the media and the teams he is on.