go to MSN.com
Found February 11, 2013 on Larry Brown Sports:

Via Larry Brown Sports:

Dwight Howard certainly isn’t making his shoulder injury any better by playing, but the Los Angeles Lakers cannot afford to be missing key players as they fight for their playoff lives. Playing basketball with a torn labrum has to be painful, and Howard insists his opponents have been making it more uncomfortable by targeting his right shoulder and trying to make it worse.

After the Lakers loss to the Miami Heat on Sunday, Howard told Eric Adelson of Yahoo! Sports that the Heat were grabbing at his injured arm early in the game.

“They got me early,” he said. “They would yank it back.”

Howard said some of the Charlotte Bobcats players did the same thing on Friday.

“It’s like a jolt,” he explained. “Then it hurts the rest of the night.”

There’s no way of knowing if players are actually targeting Howard’s arm. If they are, he just informed them all that it is working and affecting his game. The video above shows Howard and Udonis Haslem fighting for position on L.A.’s first possession of the game on Sunday. If you’re looking for it, I guess you can see Haslem yanking at Howard’s arm in some capacity. However, the play looked like nothing more than a standard struggle in the post.

Later in the game, Mario Chalmers pulled down Howard’s right arm and fouled him as he was going to the hoop. While it was obvious Chalmers intentionally pulled the arm, it was the type of foul we see on a regular basis when a guard is trying to prevent a much bigger player from having an easy bucket.

Howard recently said that he is tired of hearing about the shoulder from his critics and even teammates. Complaining that opponents are targeting the injury is only going to make people discuss it more. Dwight is obviously in a lot of pain and his play is suffering as a result, but the less he talks about it the better off he will be.

H/T Eye on Basketball

 

14 Comments:
  • First couple plays against Boston I saw Garnett go specifically for his shoulder. I know that KG isn't the rest of the league, but I wouldn't be surprised.
  • wah, wah, wah, wah, biggest crybaby in the world
  • i agree, big bucks wasted on big clown!
  • There you are you trailer park trash you. Always a pleasure!
  • Howard is too much of a whiner to stick with the Lakers. Why not announce to the rest of the league how to make yourself ineffective.
  • bwahahahahahaha...while not a basketball fan howard is a BIG name in orlando. he stuck it to the city just like shaq before him. i said it over and over....good luck with that l.a. so funny to see the crybaby continue his whining about anything and everything. such a drama queen!!! now all the other nba players know how to get to him. so get to him.
  • Maybe Dwight should hang out with Randy Quaid in Canada.
  • This guy is built like a greek god but he seems to have the toughness of a 4 yr. old girl.
  • Well Mr Howard, is you is, or is you ain't Superman?
  • Don't flatter yourself, most teams can beat you with everyone healthy.
  • I'm thinking of a word...

    starts with a (P) and ends with a (Y)...
THE BACKYARD
RELATED ARTICLES

Dwight Howard’s Inherent Flaws Prove Troublesome

Dwight Howard has some type of inherent flaw. I won’t pretend to be an avid NBA fan. When the big games are on, I watch and enjoy. I soak in a player’s greatness and watch him flourish. During the playoffs, I make a conscious effort to catch the contests at hand. I don’t dislike the [...]The post Dwight Howard’s Inherent Flaws Prove Troublesome appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.

Kobe Knows Lakers Need More Scoring From Howard

Dwight Howard had scored in single digits in six of his previous games before Sunday's Los Angeles Lakers loss to the Miami Heat, averaging only 7.7 shots in that stretch.

Howard expects to play in All-Star game

Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant were elected starters for Sunday night's NBA All-Star game in Houston. Despite playing through a torn labrum in his right shoulder, Howard said Monday that he expects to play. "If I re-aggravate my shoulder in these next two games, I'll probably just play a couple of minutes and sit the rest out," Howard said. Coach Mike D'Antoni...

Kobe Says Beef With Dwight Howard was Manufactured By Media

The Lakers are falling apart and at the center of that is Dwight Howard. Doesn’t matter if it is Kobe, D’Antoni, Nash or Earl Clark no one seems to like Dwight and they question his effort. With that being said, Kobe blames the media for it blowing up. Bryant told the media before the Lakers practice on Monday that, ”I didn’t say anything wrong. I didn’t say anything to...

In the eyes of Steve Nash, Dwight Howard is the center of the problem with the Lakers

In a very interesting take by Lakers beat writer Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register, the problem that continues to plague the Los Angeles Lakers is Dwight Howard.  During [...]

Kobe: I'm done voicing opinions about Dwight

MIAMI -- The dust certainly didn't settle after the Lakers eked out a win against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats, not when Dwight Howard's father injected himself into his son's awkward relationship with Kobe Bryant. The elder Howard said his son needed to sit down with Bryant to hash out their differences. He also said Coach Mike D'Antoni wasn't being assertive...

Trade Rumors Heating Up For Mavericks, Hawks

The Dallas Mavericks and the Atlanta Hawks are both going in interesting directions at the moment. Both are going to have the salary cap room to go after the off-season's biggest free agent, Dwight Howard, but both have to make sure that they don't make the wrong move here at the trade deadline. Stars on both teams are clearly on the trading block right now, and with the...

Dwight Howard’s Father Believes a Meeting Between His Son, Kobe Bryant, Mike D’Antoni Is Needed

The Los Angeles Lakers have had their fair share of issues this season. While their injuries and inconsistent play have led to a multitude of questions about the team that have largely gone unanswered, it seems an unlikely source – Dwight Howard‘s father — has at least one answer to their latest controversy. After Kobe Bryant demanded some urgency from his injured teammate...

Dwight Howard’s dad says Kobe Bryant & Mike D’Antoni are handling his son wrong

The spotlight’s glare can be a bit harsh in LA. it takes a different sort of individual to be able to flow and not let it wreak havoc in one’s mental. The Lakers soap opera has added another character. Dwight Howard’s dad jumped into the fray to chastise Kobe Bryant and head coach Mike D’Antoni on how they’ve handled Dwight in this recent round of media confessions. ...

Dwight responds to fathers comments

As the Los Angeles Lakers prepare to play the Miami Heat on Sunday, Dwight Howard was asked to respond to comments his father made about his situation with the Lakers. 

Former Lakers head coach Brown, knew D’Antoni was in trouble

Former L.A. Lakers head coach Mike Brown is one of the nicest guys in the NBA, however, that doesn’t always translate to much. Appearing on ESPN radio with Colin Cowherd he shed some light on being fired and replaced by Mike D’Antoni. Cowherd asked what his feelings were when released or fired and Brown responded with “I was shocked.” Only a few games into the season one...

Preview: Lakers vs. Suns

The Lakers (24-28) return home after finishing a 4-3 effort in their longest road trip of the season. That road trip started in a shocking 92-86 loss to the Phoenix Suns (17-35), a team that was and still at the bottom of the Western Conference. Needless to say, the purple and gold are looking for some payback tonight. The last 10 days away from Los Angeles didn't go through...

Lakers Unable to Close Against Heat

Photo courtesy of Mike Ehrmann, Getty Images Here’s a line you haven’t read this season: The Lakers could have won it. Okay fine, we’ve actually said that before…a lot, because goodness knows the Lakers have come close to winning a lot of games this past season but have always found a way to falter in the end. If we re-watch those 28 losses, I guarantee at least half of them...
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

What if Andrew Luck had entered the 2011 NFL Draft?

Starting on February 14, 2014, Sam Quinn and The Sports Post have decided to run down the 52 Greatest What Ifs in NFL History, one per week, for the next year. For a list of published What Ifs, as well as the introductory piece, click here. I don't think Carolina is really complaining about Cam Newton, but in 2011 the Panthers desperately wanted Stanford quarterback Andrew...
Via The Sports Post
7 hours ago

WATCH: Bucs rookie Mike Evans involved in brawl outside club

Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. I must admit I laughed when Mike Evans slide across the car like he was in a bad movie. TMZ has the details. It all went down outside Dream Nightclub … where the #7 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft was screaming at bouncers. We’re told Evans had been partying inside the club moments before the video begins. While Evans —...
Via BlackSportsOnline
3 hours ago

Former Olympian walking again after ATV accident

Back in June, former Olympian and Fox Sports Radio host Amy Van Dyken-Rouen was involved in an ATV accident in which her spinal cord was severed. It was a very scary situation, but Van Dyken-Rouen kept a sense of humor about the situation and vowed to walk again, despite what seemed to be impossible circumstances. This week, the impossible seemed possible as Van Dyken-Rouen stood...
Via Awful Announcing
6 hours ago

Le’Veon Bell to cops: ‘I didn’t know I could get DUI from weed’

Le’Veon Bell was a bit confused as to why he was getting a DUI after smoking weed. This could have been the effects of the weed or he just genuinely didn’t know the law. I will let you decide from some details from the affidavit : Affidavit: @L_Bell26: "I didn’t know you could get a DUI for being high. I smoked two hours ago. I’m not high anymore. I’m perfectly fine...
Via BlackSportsOnline
8 hours ago

Johnny Manziel fined $12,000 for giving the finger

Johnny Manziel’s $4.3 million signing bonus just took a small hit on Friday as the league fined him $12,000 for the Finger Seen ‘Round the World. Per NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Manziel is allegedly weighing an appeal. Johnny Manziel is still weighing whether to appeal his $12,000 fine for flipping the bird. #thebird — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 22, 2014 Why would the rookie...
Via Waiting For Next Year
6 hours ago

Report: Rusney Castillo signs seven-year deal with Boston

The Boston Red Sox have won the Rusney Castillo sweepstakes. According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com as well as Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Red Sox and Castillo are “on track” to sign a six-year, $72 million deal. Source: Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo on track for record-setting 6-year, $72 million deal […]
Via Full Scale Sports
7 hours ago

Carmelo Anthony on leaving Knicks: 'It was close'

Jason Whitney New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony was coaching a celebrity game at the Barclays Center when he dished out some details about his free agency this past July. Melo said that he was close to leaving New York, but ultimately decided to stay with the Knicks, agreeing to a five-year, $124 million contract. In fact, Anthony was […] Sports-Kings - The Kings of Sports...
Via Sports-Kings
17 hours ago

Tim Howard taking one-year break from U.S. National Team

Team USA’s World Cup hero Tim Howard shared some disappointing news on his Facebook page on Thursday. Howard took to his page to announce that he would be taking a one-year break from the U.S. Men’s National Team. Post by Tim Howard. The 35-year old Howard has been the team’s starting goalkeeper for the last […]
Via Full Scale Sports
1 day ago

Details of Kevin Love three-team trade beginning to emerge

Finally. Finally. The Kevin Love saga appears to be coming to an official end. Although the long rumored (and expected) trade cannot be announced until this Saturday, reports out of the Twin Cities appear to show the frame work for a three-team deal involving the Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers could be completed soon.  Dan Barreiro of 100.3 KFAN...
Via Sportsnaut
1 day ago

Harvey Updyke charity event canceled after death threats

Convicted Auburn tree poisoner Harvey Updyke will not make an appearance at a charity event in Mobile, Ala., after Dee Dee Bonner, the mother of Cincinnati Bengals and former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, and McCarron’s wife, model Katherine Webb, received death threats on social media.  
Via IMAGE CPR SPORTS
20 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.