Report: No punishment for Howard

VIDEO: Dwight Howard’s incident during Saturday’s game vs. Atlanta

It was a sticky situation, but it looks like Dwight Howard will slide away with no penalty.

The NBA will not fine or suspend the Rockets center for use of an adhesive substance Saturday night in Atlanta, but sent a memo to all 30 teams that its usage is “strictly prohibited,” league sources said, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

Howard used a spray on his hands during the first of two Paul Millsap free throws in the first quarter of a 109-97 loss to the Hawks. When Howard touched the basketball and it was bounced to Hawks Millsap at the free-throw line, he noticed the stickiness and the referees replaced the ball.

Following a team practice Monday in Oklahoma City, where the Rockets will face the Thunder Tuesday night, Howard defended his reputation.

“I just think that it’s getting overblown, like I’m doing something crazy,” he said. “But again, I’ve never been a cheater, never been the type of player that has to do something illegal to win. It’s upsetting, but I can’t control it now.”

Howard cooperated with NBA security officials over the past day, and the league advised teams Monday that all equipment used for games must be appropriate for a basketball and any substance that could gain an advantage is not prohibited.


  1. Dwight Howard is a prankster, I think his sense of humor is no longer appreciated because people want to see results from him. I’m surprised he didn’t get find, but oh well, the Hawks still won so I don’t really care.

  2. Jake says:

    Grammar goose!

  3. RonL says:

    How can the NBA do anything when the use of the spray was sanctioned simply by the fact that it was on teh scorers table, everyone could see it being used, and no-one objected.

    I wonder how many players used it?

    Did it sit on every scorers table in every game while officials turned a blind eye?

  4. BobbyG says:


    ” but sent a memo to all 30 teams that its usage is “strictly prohibited,” league sources said…” so Dwight gets off scot-free for using a “strictly prohibited” substance during a game… I guess the Basketball Gods are working overtime to try and keep Houston in the Playoff run… I guess Maria Sharapova picked the wrong sport to get caught using banned substances… 😉

  5. typo says:

    any substance that could gain an advantage is not prohibited?

  6. Trini says:

    Dwight I know you’re not a cheater, but I could tell you were being a prankster. C’mon man. Wanna see you play your best right about now. #D12Believe