Dwight Howard has done a lot chirping during this shortened season. He’s batted around a “wish list” of teams that he wants to be traded to, he’s chastised his teammates for their lack of effort, and now he’s complaining about his lack of touches in the 4th quarter.
That latest round of chirping came after Saturday’s 99-94 win in Milwaukee where Howard was 5-15 for 11 points and 15 rebounds. One would think that such a poor shooting performance would cause Dwight to save his complaints for say, a night where he had a stat line he could point at and say “See, give the ball!”. But I guess when you’re complaining after your team actually wins, taking into account your stat line is pretty much out of the question.
But enough of trying to understand Dwight Howard, let’s just let him complain while we all shake our heads quietly in disapproval.
“I do want the ball more in the fourth quarter,” a frustrated Howard told FOX Sports exclusively after the game.
“I want to become a closer. The only way you get there is by getting the ball and have coach have the confidence in giving me the ball.
“That’s how Kobe (Bryant) and the rest of the great fourth-quarter players got that way. It’s trial and error. When Kobe first got in the league, it took him a while to become the killer he is in the fourth quarter now. That’s because he went through that phase where he had to learn what shots to take and just get confidence in taking shots in the fourth quarter.
“That’s one thing that I want for myself, so I can become the guy who finishes games for my team. I want to be that guy whose team wants him to close games out for them. Coach just needs to have confidence in me.”
“Just run plays through me, so I can be comfortable in being the guy and have confidence in getting the ball late in the game and scoring,” Howard said.
“That’s what I’m worth. I want to be that guy who controls games. As a kid, that’s what you dream about in the NBA, taking that shot. I want to do that.
“I’m the leader of the team. Ride my back. I’ll lead. I don’t care if I miss every single shot, I’m going to continue to play hard. Just get on my back.
“That’s why they call me Superman.”
For real, Dwight? You’re really asking for the ball in 4th quarter after you just shot 5-15? And let’s not even talk about your free throw shooting. Good luck becoming a killer.