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Monday, February 10th, 2014 at 1:35 pm  |  57 responses

Dwight Howard Happy He Doesn’t Need to Ask for the Ball in Houston

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard is back on the winning path, and recently took thinly-veiled shots at the spectacular failure that was the 2012-’13 Los Angeles Lakers. Howard is thrilled with the increased touches and vastly improved team chemistry he’s found in Texas. Per RealGM:

“I don’t have to say, ‘I need the ball,’” Howard said. “The guys here know what we have to do to be successful, to play inside out. We have young guys, and they want to accomplish some things in this league also. I understand that. I understand that we need everyone. If I can make sure that guys are happy, that they’re getting the ball and getting a rhythm, it makes it tough to beat us.

“My time, my shots will come. I want to make sure guys around me are elevated. Me being the oldest guy on the team as far as seasons, I have to understand that I have to show these guys the right way to go.”

Howard scans the Western Conference standings, and he sees unsustainable starts from some. As teams such as the Portland Trail Blazers cement cushion in the playoff chase, a part of him is reminded of those old Cleveland Cavaliers’ 60-win seasons only derailed by dwindling staying power, hobbling to the finish line of a postseason.

“A lot of teams start out hot and cool off,” Howard said, “and I told our guys that we want to stay consistent all season and then make the big push right after All-Star break going into the playoffs. That’s when the opportunity comes.”

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  • bashmo

    ITs going to be a vert interesting push to the playoffs out west. I really do want to see where teams like Golden State and Dallas end up in the standings as they will most likely produce good first round mathchups no matter what. Of course, then you have teams like the Grizzlies and even the Pelicans who are slowly making a push at getting their wins up. Gonna be hectic leading up to mid April. Looking forward to it!

  • Pfunkadelic

    D12 is so funny…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he’s using 2% more possessions in Houston than he did in LA……2%!!! lol

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  • KSupreme

    How does he plan on “saving the centers” for the all star game when he doesn’t try to be the best player on the team.

  • thebossman15

    This guy talks more nonsense than the amount of free throws he misses

  • pposse

    man i wanna see the Pelicans and Rockets go at it in the first rd and just watch Anthony Davis own Dwight

  • Fat Lever

    I’ll be glad when no one asks Dwight for his opinion on anything, so he doesn’t have to speak.

    Isn’t he the same dude that said he’s moved on? The insecurities of this dude….

  • Fat Lever

    Don’t let stats get in the way of Dwight’s infinite wisdom. His nickname shouldn’t be D-12, it should be D-4a.

  • LakeShow

    I was hoping someone on here would do this for me…

  • LakeShow

    1 more FGA per game…. Congrats Dwight.

  • bike

    So that was the problem all along last season. He had to ask for the ball. Why didn’t he just say something? Why?

  • don

    wow a lot of dwight haters on this site. smh.

  • stacksbboy

    Meanwhile in LA. “LA Lakers Happy D12 isn’t asking for the ball anymore’

  • guest

    and look at the LAL’s record. lol

  • stacksbboy

    Yes because if Dwight was in LA right now… they would easily be a contender…. lol

  • stacksbboy

    They are glad DH is gone. Might see a Carmelo, Kobe, Love combo in a couple years.

  • stacksbboy

    I’m not saying it’s going to happen… but I’ll take losing Dwight Howard if I have a chance to have Kobe, Love, and Melo in 2 years.

  • Kev

    shaq and barkley will love to read this

  • Nick Holden

    1 and a half FGA more per 36 mins. Also 0.6 FT’s more per 36 min. I mean, it is something.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    oooooooooooo….

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you don’t.

  • bike

    Oh yeah. Love to see The Brow reject about 9 of Dwight’s attempts…that would be sooooo sweeeet….

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    nope. you won’t.

  • LakeShow

    It’s something… You’re right there.

  • stacksbboy

    such a bold prediction from you.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it’s not a prediction. mathematically that can’t happen. understand?

  • JJ Jones

    Is he serious? This is the same guy who walked around the locker room last year shoving a damn stat sheet in players faces DESPITE getting the second most post touches in the league. (Converting below league average from there)

  • JJ Jones

    He bitched about being hurt but ask for MORE shots how does this make sense?

  • JJ Jones

    Hes passive aggresive

  • JJ Jones

    Or the amount of misses from the post

  • shockexchange

    With Houston, Rent-A-Center gets the rock and he gets to play in the most season. Seems like a “win-win” situation to the Shock Exchange.

  • LakeShow

    How so?

    Or am I taking your words too verbatim again?

    Or are you just saying it would be stupid? Agreed there.

  • danpowers

    maybe the difference was just that he had to ask for his touches in LA while he gets the ball without asking for it in houston? lol

  • robb

    Kobe and Carmelo together? no thanks.

  • Taj Johnson

    STFU Dwight!!!

  • robb

    Nothing he says makes sense because he’s a f*cking idiot

  • JJ Jones

    Yeah that sounds about right

  • AndyK415

    Yes, absolutely there are…and I am one of them.

  • robb

    and then he goes and says: “The guys here know what we have to do to be successful…” like they were the Spurs or something. Sure, because they’ve won 4 or 5 rings together, so it’s obvious they know what they have to do to be successful right Dwight? lol

  • BE.water

    If they were to do so, The luxury taxes would be ludicrous. It can happen, nbk just is trying to state that its 98% unlikely to happen. he just isn’t the best with word choice. lol

  • Interdico Scriptor

    ditto

  • Busta213

    Is that stat legit? It intrinsically feels wrong because because pretty much all his offense comes from in the paint and he was no. 2 in fg% last year.

  • Busta213

    Thats really all it comes down to. Dwight just wants to feel like hes getting his touches when hes playing well, the rest of the time its pretty much Harden’s show.
    But Kobe doesnt gaf who has a hot hand when he decides he wants to dominate possessions.

  • don

    i can see through your avatar why. spurned team. lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    nope, i mean they literally can’t sign 2 max free agents.

    http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-true-hollywood-story-of-kobes-crippling-contract/

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk
  • Pfunkadelic

    Kobe has championships, plural, D12 has done absolutely nothing but whine from one franchise to the next…what touches did he deserve, what touches has he earned…

  • JJ Jones

    They’re the f*king fifth seed what success

  • JJ Jones

    Yup. He get a lot of lobs and dunks off pick and roll but when it comes to the post he is absolutely atrocious

  • LakeShow

    I don’t want to re-read that article that you already showed me 3 months ago.

    It would be in the summer of 2016.

    Pau and Nash will be long gone. And KB’s crazy contract will be over.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ooooh, so you are under the impression that the Lakers are going to literally sign Kevin Love as a Free Agent without his bird rights or anything? just going to scoop him up when he becomes available to play next to Kobe and Carmelo?

  • LakeShow

    Under the impression that it is going to happen? Pfftt… I have no clue..

    It’s within the realm of possibilities is what I was referring to. I don’t like it though. I hope that it doesn’t happen.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ok, let’s just put it like this, if the Lakers don’t add a single long term option in the next 2 years outside of a max free agent, and this years lottery pick, then it is possible that they end up with 2 max free agents and Kobe Bryant after the 2015-16 season. very very very very unlikely, but possible.

  • LakeShow

    Yeah, precisely what I was saying.

  • AndyK415

    I would have hated if the Timberwolves had went after Dwight Howard.

  • Busta213

    Hmmm, but by that logic, Bill Russell should be able to walk onto any team in the land and demand the rock…but in reality he is as old as dirt and cant do as much as he used to. If the Lakers had kept DH a little bit happier at the very least they’d have a highly tradable asset if he stayed.

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