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...

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 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...

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

LeBron announces return to Cavs, says he's 'coming home'

LeBron James has finally made his decision, and he is heading back to Cleveland. James broke the news on Friday afternoon on SportsIllustrated.com that he will indeed be signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers. James, an Ohio native, broke Cavaliers fans’ hearts in 2010 when he left the Cavaliers for the Miami Heat. He’s now trying to right that perceived wrong by heading back to...
Via NESN.com
2 hours ago

Report: Texans will not trade Andre Johnson

So much for the high hopes of the four reported teams interested in the services of Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson - he's apparently not on the trade block. The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said the team is unwilling to trade their star receiver, while the Houston Chronicle's John McClain shot the idea down completely. McClain says emphatically that Johnson will not...
Via 60 Max Power O
3 hours ago

Belgium fan loses modeling contract over hunting photo?

You know that 17-year-old Belgium fan that landed a modeling contract with L’Oreal after she was photographed at the World Cup? Axelle Despiegelaere worked with L’Oreal to create one social media video before her contract was terminated. A hunting photo that she posted on Facebook may explain why her gig was so short-lived. Axelle’s Facebook […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 hours ago

Jeter a secret owner in 'banana hammocks' underwear brand?

As Derek Jeter continues to tour the country this summer on his “Retirement Tour Super-Happy Funtime Bonanza,” news has surfaced that indicates the New York Yankees star is preparing himself for life after baseball on the investment side of things. One of those investments purportedly involves being a “secret owner” in a underwear company specializing […] The post Derek...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
4 hours ago

Crabtree not interested in talking about Sherman

The back and forth between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks since the NFC Championship game in January has been well documented. From Richard Sherman’s remarks about Michael Crabtree immediately following the game to Sherman’s most recent remarks about the San Frnacisco 49ers wide receiver, there has been a lot of drama surrounding these two teams.  Once 49ers linebacker...
Via Sportsnaut
8 hours ago

Calvin Johnson: Detroit Lions need to win a Super Bowl

The Detroit Lions are not a team that are typically associated with Super Bowl predictions. Yet wide receiver Calvin Johnson feels that he and his teammates are ready to not only be a competitive playoff contender but be a team that can take it all…now. Johnson told the Detroit Free Press that the Lions are about to shock the world. “We need to win a Super Bowl,” Johnson said...
Via Players View
4 hours ago

Woman claims she was drugged while drinking with Rodman

A police report has been filed in Ft. Lauderdale which names Dennis Rodman by a woman who alleges she was drugged last week while drinking in a hotel bar with the former NBA star.According to the report, a 22-year-old by the name of Angela Torre claims she met Rodman and a friend named Charlie on July 1st at the Ocean Manor Resort Hotel. It's worth noting that Rodman in fact...
Via Bush League Chronicle
6 hours ago

Report: Dan Gilbert's letter remains an issue for LeBron

As LeBron James prepares to head to Brazil to watch the World Cup finale in person, Chris Broussard is reporting that Dan Gilbert’s scathing letter from four-years ago could prevent Akron’s prodigal son from returning home. According to Broussard, Gilbert’s letter is believed to be the reason James has been unable to make a decision about where he wants to play. In the letter...
Via BlackSportsOnline
5 hours ago

Clayton Kershaw's scoreless streak ends at 41 2/3 innings

Since June 13, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has not allowed a run, until Thursday night. Kershaw went 41 2/3 innings without allowing a run until he gave up a solo home run to Padres third baseman, Chase Headley. Kershaw was able to battle out of the game with only the one run given […]
Via Full Scale Sports
12 hours ago

Ex-teammate likely ratted out Ryan Braun to MLB in 2013

How was MLB able to get Ryan Braun to agree to a 65-game suspension in 2013 despite the absence of a failed drug test? There was so much evidence against Braun that the Brewers slugger decided to accept his fate. And where did MLB get all the evidence? Not only did they have Anthony Bosch […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 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.