LOS ANGELES Days later, and the tom-toms are still beating. Turn on the radio, surf the web, and it shouldn't be hard to find some Dwight Howard bashing. The talking heads and disembodied voices have claimed him as their own, and the criticism is hardly surprising. Some of it is deserved. Other bits are just downright confusing.
Howard is an immature child. Howard is a broken old man. Howard is the biggest baby in the NBA. Howard peaked years ago.
It's a funny web of ideas we've woven around the NBA's most-talked about big man, not just post-decision, but long before it. In reality, he's just a coddled 27-year-old whose actions make him seem younger and whose tenure in the league makes him appear far older than he really is.
So first, let's do away with the idea that Howard is a child. He's not, and perhaps his new payday and the novelty of the Rockets will hold off the whining for a few weeks or even months.
Second, remember that Howard was drafted at 18, that just because he'...