Dwight Howard spoke with Sam Amick (USA Today) and had some interesting things to say. He said that he must change his “attitude” to help the Rockets take the next step toward a championship.
“For so long, I’ve been ridiculed for having fun on the floor, but I just think I’ve got to change my approach to certain things. How I am in the locker room, how I am in practice, all that stuff… I can go out there and have fun and smile and get 25 points and 20 rebounds. But for our team to win, I can’t have that approach.”
Dwight Howard finished his first season in Houston a little shorter than he had hoped, with a buzzer beating dagger by Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard.
Changing his attitude, might be the best thing for Howard and the team. This past 2013-2014 season was great and it had some fantastic memories, but Howard is right; it’s time for a change of character.
The infamous “Nae Nae” dance that took over not only the Rockets locker room, but the entire sports nation as well is one of the things that must be stopped. Former Los Angeles Lakers point guard Smush Parker came out, and said that Kobe Bryant told him in practice not to talk to him because he does not own any accolades. Tim Duncan has been on the record saying he does not speak to new teammates and lets the relationship grow on the floor naturally before he talks to them. While I am not saying Dwight Howard should be that much of a jerk to teammates, it is frustrating when you see your star player and supposed leader dancing with a player who is in and out the D-League all season.
Also lets not forget the mo-hawk movement before the playoffs this season. Howard suggested that the whole team get a mo-hawk hairstyle to enter the playoffs together. Nobody on the team was against the idea except for small forward Chandler Parsons, who had to be swayed into getting the hairstyle by Howard who let Parsons drive his Ferrari.
Then there was the infamous twitter hacking job Chandler Parsons pulled. Hacking Dwight’s twitter and tweeting “shoutout my boo my crush @ChandlerParsons”. A little too much fun for me.
Howard averaged 18.3 points and 12.2 rebounds in 71 games in his first season with the Houston Rockets. Those are All-Star numbers at the center position, and he is arguably the best big man in today’s game.
If he can implement some of his silly ways, while also maturing into a better, more firm leader, the Rockets will be champions in no time.