Posted March 06, 2013

Jameer Nelson tells Dwight Howard to be a man

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Jameer Nelson and Dwight Howard played together for ?? seasons. (Fernando Median/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jameer Nelson and Dwight Howard were Magic teammates for eight seasons. (Fernando Median/NBAE via Getty Images)

Dwight Howard recently said he starred on an Orlando Magic team of nobodies “with a smile on his face,” but former teammate Jameer Nelson isn’t smiling. Nelson responded Wednesday, asking when Howard was going to be a man and take ownership of his not winning an NBA championship in Orlando.

The simmering media feud could heat up as Howard approaches his first return to Orlando when the Lakers visit the Magic on March 12. Many in Orlando are still upset after Howard forced a trade to Los Angeles during the off-season.

“My team in Orlando was a team full of people who nobody wanted,” said Howard in a video interview with CBS2/KCAL9. “I was the leader and I led that team with a smile on my face.”

Nelson joined Howard as first-round picks in the 2004 NBA Draft, and got along with the All-Star center for almost eight seasons, helping the Magic’s run to the 2009 NBA Finals where they lost to the Lakers. Their relationship began to go south when Howard publicly admitted wanting to play with the league’s top point guards such as Chris Paul.

“At some point, when are you gonna as a man, when are you going to take ownership and stay out of the media in a professional manner?” asked Nelson to the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday.

“I would be less of a man to comment on certain things that people comment on about me and my teammates,” Nelson continued. “We had a great run as a group, as core guys, and he was a part of it and for him to say things about anybody in a negative manner, that’s up to him.”


10 comments
ShojibAshrafiNaAshrafi
ShojibAshrafiNaAshrafi


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ballsy
ballsy

LeBron almost took the Cleve Cavs to a championship with a real bunch of nobodies....but you dont hear him badmouthing them....D. Howard just shows what a total classless individual he is.

BenShonk
BenShonk

has been a joke since he came into the league...Always smiling and joking and looking aloof....I knew when his "secret child" was discovered that all his nice guy, religious crap was just a sharade he is out there banging like the rest of them, while getting worse on the ball court..

tukwilatommygun
tukwilatommygun

name 2 other players on that majic team.  you get the point.

FreeClarett
FreeClarett

Howard needs to forget about his former team and focus on his future free throws.

 

Cherrie
Cherrie

Wow, that's mean -  calling your former teammates a bunch of nobodies.  Dwight Howard better shut up and just play!

wf5f
wf5f

Dwight Howard is quickly becoming a joke. He'd better start redeeming himself with on-court play.

bithomas2
bithomas2

I don't really get Dwight Howard.  Bad-mouthing his former teammates like that is pretty sad, but it makes even less sense when he's had such a disappointing season.

jberry351
jberry351

 @tukwilatommygun Those Orlando teams were loaded with outside shooters - Turkoglu, Rashard Lewis, Mickael Pietrus, J.J. Reddick - which allowed them to overcome Howard's limited offensive skills. I was excited when he was traded to the Lakers, but have so far been disappointed. I'll allow that he hasn't been completely healthy, but ... he just needs to shut up and play ... and win!