SH Blog: Nelson and Lewis blast Howard for negative comment, Rose considered day-to-day

Dwight HowardDwight Howard sure did open up a can of worms when he called out his former teammates in a recent interview with Kristine Leahy, saying he led a group of guys that no one else wanted on their team.

Didn’t Howard say he has learned his lesson when it comes to discussing matters of this nature with the media? It’s well known around the league that the big man simply wants to be liked by everyone.

Newsflash: no one is going to like you when you’re putting guys that went to battle with you for seven-plus seasons under the bus. Howard probably got off relatively easy for saying what he said, in terms of receiving vitriol from the media. Can you imagine if LeBron James said such a thing about his former teammates on the Cleveland Cavaliers?

Some of Howard’s former teammates, despite choosing not to comment, were naturally not happy with him, according to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld:

I talked to a few of Dwight Howard's former Orlando Magic teammates last night. They chose not to comment on his quote, but weren't pleased.
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Jameer Nelson, considered one of Howard’s best friends during their tenure as teammates, shared his thoughts on the matter, from Brian K. Schmitz of Orlando Sentinel:

“At some point, when are you [Dwight] 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 shooatround 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.”

Schmitz also detailed what Rashard Lewis had to say:

Rashard Lewis on DHoward: "It's just strange. If anything he should be focused on playing for the Lakers and making the playoffs."
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Rashard Lewis on DHoward: "It's disrespectful more than anything. We helped Dwight become the player he was" ...
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Rashard Lewis on Howard: "They built that team to make him the player he was. Not trying to be rude or disrespectful to Dwight but...."
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Lewis on Howard, defending Nelson: "Everybody on that team was very close friends. Not only that, but Jameer Nelson, out of all people...."
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Rashard Lewis (con't): "But I think sometimes you have to focus on what's going on now, not what happen in the past. Very disappointing."
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Lewis on Howard: 'We made a good run. Hell, look at those banners hanging in the stands. They don’t say Dwight Howard on them..."
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Nelson and Lewis have the right to be upset. They went to battle with Howard and although they could only get so far, they were a strong core that many considered to be contenders in the Eastern Conference. To hear him take credit for what the Magic did as a team by belittling everyone else? It’s unprofessional and embarrassing. Again, you would think he learned from his past mistakes.

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  1. jerry25 says

    I watched the Table Tennis clip. I used to play for many years at TT clubs and tournaments and received some lessons, regarding correct form, from a National Coach.

    It looks like both players are using Tournament-type rackets (can’t buy in stores). They are both decent beginner levels (Jeremy about 1000 and Daryl about 1100 rating), but both could use about 1 year of training to be competitive against mediocre tournament players.

    Jeremy’s serves are illegal, he favors his backhand way to much, has no backswing in his stokes (to create speed), and hasn’t learned how to hit on the top surface of the ball, to create more spin. However, with his long arms and athleticism he has potential to learn correct form and get better fast.

    Daryl has one underspin service, that he doesn’t seem to vary, so it can be put away off of the service, but Jeremy has no training in how to do it. Daryl has a weak backhand and although he knows how to get some spin on his forehand, he needs to have more backswing in his stoke. Daryl should be standing more to the backhand side of the table, because the opponent could win points just by hitting to his backhand.

    There are some nice TT videos of top players, at the end of this video.

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