Dwight Howard Apologized for Complaining About Shots

by January 23, 2013

After Monday night’s humiliating loss to the short-handed Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers superstar center Dwight Howard brought a stat sheet into the locker room and complained to teammates and reporters about his lack of shots (Howard only attempted five field goals against the Bulls.) Today, Howard apologized for his actions, and said that the Lakers’ disastrous season starts anew tonight in Memphis (a similar claim to the one infamously made by head coach Mike D’Antoni last week.) Per the LA Times: “It starts with me,’ he said Wednesday after the Lakers’ morning shoot-around. ‘I have to be more of a player out there on the court and not worry about anything, not complain. Just do what I do best.’ Howard was not happy after getting only five shots in the Lakers’ 95-83 loss Monday to Chicago. He kept telling reporters to ‘look at the stat sheet’ after the game. ‘That was immature,’ he said Wednesday. ‘I shouldn’t have done it. I’ve just got to go out there and dominate defensively and make it tough for teams. I just have to get back to doing that and not worry about the offense.’ Some Lakers fans think Howard should be traded before the Feb. 21 deadline. He becomes a free agent July 1. ‘I understand why they’re saying that because they feel like I have an opportunity to just walk away,’ Howard said. ‘That is my choice at the end of the season but right now my focus is tonight and us doing something real special in L.A. We have that opportunity and we can’t close the door on the opportunity that we have in front of us. We can turn this thing around.’ Howard, however, would not commit to a future with the Lakers. ‘We’re not discussing that,’ he said. ‘Right now, our goal is to win. All I want to do is win. I have to put all my energy into winning and sacrifice whatever I have to do and humble myself.'”