Not surprisingly, the backlash from Dwight Howard calling his Orlando teammates, “a team full of people nobody wanted” has come. Jameer Nelson criticized Howard about his comments and said that he needs to “take ownership” of the things he says in the media.
Now, JJ Reddick, another teammate of Howard has chimed in. Reddick told Dave McMenamin of ESPN LA that he’s “not surprised” by Howard’s comments and added the he “would be more surprised when Dwight starts taking responsibility.”
With two prominent former teammates openly criticizing him, the only thing left for Howard to do was to attempt to clarify his comments. So he too spoke with McMenamin and attempts to explain that everyone took his comments the wrong way. What he was really trying to convey is that those Orlando teams were underdogs that no one talked about.
“My statement was just to say that our team that I played with in Orlando, we were the underdogs,” Howard said after the Lakers’ 108-102 win over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night. “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. We’ve had some great memories and we thrived off people saying that we weren’t going to make it to the Finals, we weren’t going to be a good team. That’s what pushed us.”
Typical Dwight Howard. Blaming everyone for twisting his comments into a negative things. The bottom line is that he said he played with players that nobody wanted. There’s no need to twist words like those.