In a recent interview with CBSLA, Dwight Howard mused about his former team and had this to say, “My team in Orlando was full of people nobody wanted.” Howard, not normally known for having much tact in his approach to PR, really just sh*t the bed with this one. First off, Earl Clark and Chris Duhon went with him to the Lakers, where they remain teammates of his. I bet they love reading that nobody wanted them last year. Second, Ryan Anderson won Most Improved Player last year and was inked to a 4yr/$36 million contract. Teams don’t shell out that kind of money to players that nobody wants unless their name is Isaiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, or Otis Smith. J.J. Redick was the second biggest name at the trade deadline this year, if you count Josh Smith who remained stationary.
Jameer Nelson responded today by saying this:
“At some point, when are you [Howard] gonna, as a man, when are you going to take ownership and stay out of the media in a professional manner?” Nelson told the Sentinel after Wednesday’s shoot-around in Miami.
“I would be less of a man to comment on certain things that people comment on about me and my teammates. We had a great run as a group, as core guys, and he was a part of it (reaching the 2009 Finals) and for him to say things about anybody in a negative manner, that’s up to him.”
“That’s his opinion. If that’s how he feels, that’s how he feels.”
Dwight Howard make his “homecoming” next Tuesday, when Kobe’s Lakers take on Jameer’s Magic. I really hope for once that the Orlando Magic fans outnumber the bandwagon LA Lakers fans, because I would just love to hear the boos come rattling down I-4.