Report: Howard caught using Stickum

VIDEO: Dwight Howard’s ball drama

Rockets center Dwight Howard was caught using Stickum spray on his hands in the first quarter against the Hawks, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Wrote Vivlamore:

As Howard was about to check back into the game, he sprayed his hands at the scorer’s table with a can covered in white tape – apparently to hide its contents. He entered the game as Paul Millsap was at the free-throw line and grabbed the ball after a made attempt. When Millsap got the ball back it clearly had a foreign substance on it.

“I’ve never felt the ball like that ever,” Millsap said after the game. “It was sticky. It was like super glue or something was on there. I couldn’t get it off my hands. It was the weirdest thing ever.”

Official Monty McCutchen grabbed the ball and went to each bench to issue a warning, saying ‘Stickum is illegal in the NBA.’ After first going to the Hawks bench he made his way toward the Rockets bench. Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff slid in front of the can, still at the scorer’s table. McCutchen noted he knew what Bickerstaff was hiding.

No penalty was enforced. The can was then removed from the scorer’s table by a member of the Rockets’ staff.

The NBA is reviewing the incident, according to the Journal-Constitution.

The Hawks won 109-97 as Howard had 17 rebounds and eight points while missing five of seven shots.



  1. Michael says:

    The anecdote above is almost straight out of Globetrotters when you think about it, if they finished up by saying Bickerstaff chased MuCutchen around with a pail who ducked and drenched Millsap and Howard in (surprise!) confetti it could not read more farcical. Shame on Howard…

  2. Michael says:

    Why not just borrow Kawhi Leonard’s hands?

  3. Lovins says:

    Not even surprised, Howard is forever a clown. This guy has fallen so far from his peak in Orlando.

  4. skunk says:

    harden uses it on his shoes which is why he can’t play defense

  5. GoLA says:

    Superman wants to be a Spiderman.

  6. armills122 says:

    Still immature as ever. Way to go Dwight.

  7. sports fan says:

    No wonder he can’t hit his free throws.

  8. Jongjie Yang says:

    Kobe been using stickum since italy league. All you haters are Lakers fan boys anyways. Go houston!

    • CavsFan says:

      So what years did kobe play in the italian league bru?? I guess he took a few years off from the nba to go and play there and no one the planet knew about it but you…. genius!

  9. k_dubb says:

    Now they gotta put an asterix next to DH’s rebound stats…

  10. Mambaman says:

    Is this the only way Superman can make NBA headlines? Are there any vacancies on the Harlem Globetrotters?

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  12. John says:

    One error in the report. Coach Bickerstaff removed the spray can with tape and another approved substance for use on the hands. Coach Bickerstaff walked toward his bench and may have handed the objects to someone but the coach removed them from the table, of that I am certain. I also watched Howard spray his hands before entering the game. All of this happened a few feet from my seat.

  13. Dwight Howard is foolish. That’s right, I said Let’s Go Hawks!!!!!!!!

  14. Nick says:

    Really? You’ve got to be kidding me, Houston. You guys are sorry