Dwight Howard is Not a Villain, He's an Underachiever

By Andrew Fisher
Dwight Howard
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Dwight Howard has been in the headlines a lot over the past two years. Most of those headlines, haven’t been of the good variety. Many of them have been in regards to Howard’s indecisiveness and inability to make a decision on where he wanted to play basketball. Now, it looks like he’s finally found a home in Houston.

It’s been speculated that Howard didn’t want to deal with the big stage that is Los Angeles and that he didn’t want to be on the same team with Kobe Bryant. But whatever his reasoning was, he clearly didn’t want to be a Laker. Many fans in LA resent that, big time. Now, Howard has come out and shed some light on how he felt during the 2012-13.

“Last year, I felt like I was the villain. Now, I feel like I’m an even bigger villain… People putting you down, saying bad things about your character, who you are as a person. It doesn’t sit well with you. When you go out on the court, you want to show them, ‘Hey, this isn’t who I am.'”

While I completely understand what Howard is saying, I couldn’t disagree more. He’s not a villain. People just don’t like how he acts on the basketball court. He doesn’t get ‘heel’ heat, he gets hated on because people think he’s not fully engaged on the hardwood. You cannot convince me that we’ve seen the best of Dwight Howard the basketball player. He just hasn’t played up to his potential and that’s rooted in his attitude.

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As much as I’m not a D12 fan, I actually want to see him succeed with the Houston Rockets. I’m intrigued to see how he fits in with Jeremy Lin and James Harden. On top of that, it will be interesting to see how he responds to coaching on the side from Hakeem Olajuwon and constant tutelage from Kevin McHale. I believe this is the best situation Howard has ever been in and against my better judgement, I’m going to wipe the slate clean and hope that he finally brings a new attitude to the court.


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