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.
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.