Dwight Howard is a supremely talented basketball player. Even last year with the Los Angeles Lakers, when he was obviously less than 100 percent, the 27-year-old was far and away one of the two best centers in the NBA.
The questions surrounding Howard have never been related to his skills. Those are beyond reproach. No, any and all questions pertaining to him are in regards to immaturity, weird personality and ability (lack thereof) to play well with others.
When he was the Orlando Magic, Howard famously ticked off Jameer Nelson to the point where the the little guy wanted to fight him. His history with Stan Van Gundy speaks for itself. Along the same lines, when got to L.A., he consistently butted heads with Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Mike D’Antoni.
Naturally, now that he has moved on to greener pastures with the Houston Rockets, folks are curious about how Howard will mesh with Jeremy Lin, James Harden and the rest.
The early reviews are in, and apparently the answer is: awkwardly.
Among other faux pas, Howard introduced Lin initially as “The Chinese Sensation” before later correcting to “Asian Sensation.” Have fun.— RedNinetyFour (@RedNinetyFour) October 27, 2013
Dwight Howard apparently introduced Omri Casspi as “The Saudi Arabian Prince” at open practice. Geopolitics clearly not his strong suit.— RedNinetyFour (@RedNinetyFour) October 27, 2013
For the record, Lin was born in Los Angeles and raised in the Bay Area. His family emigrated to the U.S. from Taiwan. Omri Casspi, the ‘Saudi Arabian’ prince, is from Israel.
Close enough, though, right?