HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The one thing you don’t want these days in the NBA is a superstar player that is unhappy with his teammates, the organization, his situation or all of the above.
Magic star Dwight Howard seems ready to check at least two of those boxes after his team’s loss to the lowly Kings. Howard was extra salty after the game, throwing daggers in every direction after he spent most of his night imploring his teammates to play harder. More from the Orlando Sentinel:
He exploded on his team during a timeout in the second quarter. He harped on his team in almost every huddle. Even between whistles he’d bark words at his teammates.
After the game, Howard was tired of talking.
“I’ve said everything there is to say,” said Howard, sitting dejectedly in front of his lockers with a semi-circle of reporters around him. “That’s it. I’ve talked every timeout, when we’re in the huddle, in the locker room… What, you want me to Tweet about it? I’ve done everything I’m supposed to do as a leader.”
Maybe an inflammatory Tweet would help the Magic, whose embarrassing loss to one of the league’s worst teams certainly serves as the team’s low point this season.
“If guys don’t want to play, they’ve got to sit down,” Howard said. “We just can’t have guys or anybody out there not playing hard.”
The phrase “it’s a waste of talent” came out of his mouth during his postgame session with the media (above), an interesting exchange for a player that could find himself at the center of attention, so to speak, when the topic turns to the next player eager to bolt for a better situation when his contract allows it.
“We’ve been talking for a long time,” Howard said. “That’s all we seem to do is talk.”
If you’re a Magic a fan, these are not the words you want to hear coming out of the mouth of the face of your franchise!