Following his guest appearance on Inside the NBA, Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets have managed to steal the spotlight from everyone.
In today’s Daily Rocket Science, SCS takes a look at the Houston Rockets news regarding Howard, Howard, and more Dwight Howard.
It’s been a full 24 hours since his infamous interview and Howard is still the talk of the league. However, for the first time in four years, critics are not taking shots, but showing sympathy to the eight-time All-Star. Much like Sporting News reporter Kami Mattioli, who described Howard as the NBA’s punching bag. Whether it’s fair or not.
"How many times does a person have to show you who they really are until you believe them? That’s the rhetorical question Dwight Howard seemed to wrestle with as a guest panelist on Tuesday night’s “Inside the NBA” show. Charles Barkley — yes, he of the no-holds-barred line of questioning — asked Howard why the 6-11, 265-pound big man thinks that the public no longer likes him, causing Howard to do some soul-searching on live TV."
During his appearance, Howard discussed a wide variety of topics that included his popularity, frustration with Houston’s offense, and even his relationship with James Harden.
Though in the midst of getting grilled by Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith on nation television, there is one topic that tends to get overlooked. Howard stated a week after returning from vacation, the Rockets disappointments, and early elimination fueled him to get an early start his offseason training.
While he expressed his desired to win, Howard still believes that he and Harden can become a great duo together. However, like the old saying, “actions speak louder than words.” House of Houston‘s Brian Patterson questioned Howard’s will to win. As well as his loyalty to the Rockets.
"We’ve witnessed on many occasions where he’d take himself out of the game because of boiling emotions about him not being able to get the ball. But the fact of the matter is that he is not as deft in the post as he once was, he still is one of most talented centers in the NBA but I’d naively to think that he hasn’t lost a step as he surpasses age 30. And to be honest, he never really has been but has carved his own niche of being able to find creative ways to score."
Despite the questions that followed after the interview, it seemed as if many critics have gained a new profound respect for Howard. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to let bygones be bygones. According to CBS Sports Adam Schein, D12’s interview has made him dislike Howard even more.
Yikes! Is it safe to say this guy may have something personal against Dwight Howard? Perhaps it’s going to take nothing but a championship title to shut this critic up.
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