Posted March 07, 2013

Dwight Howard clarifies Magic comments, meant no disrespect

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Dwight Howard clarified comments he made in which called his former Orlando Magic team "ful of people who nobody wanted." (Harry How/Getty Images)

Dwight Howard clarified comments he made in which called his former Orlando Magic team “ful of people who nobody wanted.” (Harry How/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard clarified comments he made earlier this week about his former Orlando Magic teammates, insisting he would “never say anything disrespectful to those guys and I think a lot of people took that and ran with it, twisted it into a negative thing.”

The controversial comments, made to CBS affiliate KCAL, regard his old teammates and how the roster was “full of people who nobody wanted:”

“My team in Orlando was a team full of people who nobody wanted, and I was the leader, and I led that team with a smile on my face.”

Howard clarified days later, after the Lakers beat the New Orleans Hornets Wednesday night, that he simply meant Orlando was full of “underdogs” and that he never meant to offend anyone on that team:

“My statement was just to say that our team that I played with in Orlando, we were the underdogs. Nobody really talked about our team. It was underrated. Everybody overlooked us for the whole time I was there in Orlando and I hated that. We all hated that. We thrived off that. My comments were never to say anything disrespectful to those guys. Those were my teammates for years. They helped me become the player that I am today and we all got to the Finals because of that. I would never say anything disrespectful to those guys and I think a lot of people took that and ran with it, twisted it into a negative thing. I love those guys.”

Those initial comments caught the attention of Magic point guard Jameer Nelson, who played with Howard when he was on the team. Nelson responded, saying in the Orlando Sentinel that Howard needs to be learn how to be a professional:

“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?” [I] would be less of a man to comment on certain things that people comment on about me and my teammates.”


2 comments
Yeah I Said It So What?
Yeah I Said It So What?

Dwight meant it EXACTLY in the way it was heard and read.  He's lying now in an attempt at damage control because he got fired right back on.  Anybody with half a brain can see right through his make-up bulls#it excuse.  He's as phony as his game is.  Shouda kept Bynum.  At least he's off the floor wasting time and money.  Not much worse than being like Howard on the floor still a bum...A lying one, at that@  He knows, so does his teammates, and anybody else with good sense.  

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

There is no clarifying anything. I'm sick of hearing about this clown. Just like your unwanted ex teammates said man the f$&k up when you say something and don't play it off when the comments make their rounds to the public. If anything Stan and the other unwanted players made you look better than what you really have turned out to be you no jump shot having, non free throw shooting overrated diva. See you in Orlando on Wednesday, I'll be one of many Magic fans giving you the welcome you really deserve.