Dwight Howard Insults The Orlando Magic A Week Before Lakers Play Magic

By Kaylyn Neely
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A full-page newspaper advertisement can’t save him now.

On March 12, the Los Angeles Lakers play the Orlando Magic in Orlando. The game marks Dwight Howard’s first trip back to Orlando since being traded to the Lakers last summer.

Howard left the Magic on some not-so-great terms. On Tuesday, Howard decided he would give the Magic and their fans another reason to dislike him before he pays them a visit.

During an interview with CBS Los Angeles, Howard said not so nice things about his former Magic teammates:

“I understand coming here to L.A., Kobe’s here and, for 17 years, Laker fans have seen Kobe, they just see Kobe as somebody who’s serious,” he said. “It seems like he doesn’t fool around, joke around, whatever it may be. But, that’s his personality, and just because I don’t necessarily make a [growling sound] or do all that during games or on the bench, that doesn’t mean I don’t care about succeeding or wanting to win…I always tell people, ‘Hey, 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.'”

First off, Earl Clark came from Howard’s Magic team and he’s been more valuable to the Lakers this season than Howard has. Second, The comments are a little unfair. Sure, the Magic have shortcomings. They’re a small market team that share a state with LeBron James. It’s hard to complete with the LeBron – ask anyone in the league.

In addition, small market typically means smaller payrolls, and Howard’s contract was their major expense. They’re a team that’s dependent on developing their draft picks but signing superstars. The Magic were actually well on their way to a playoff spot before Howard suffered a back injury.

That wasn’t all Howard. Sure, he was the leader but he wasn’t playing five positions.

The funniest part about the comments is there is actually a very real possibly that the “team full of people who nobody wanted” could beat the Lakers next week, the team full of people who everybody wanted.

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