Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/22/13
The last two years of Dwight Howard‘s NBA career have not gone as smoothly as he would have hoped. After many months of rumors, he was finally traded from the Orlando Magic to the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer of 2012, but his first season in Hollywood was a disaster. Not only did Howard fail to meet expectations as an elite center, the Lakers weren’t able to re-establish themselves as one of the top contenders for the NBA championship. That led to him leaving L.A. and signing with the Houston Rockets in free agency this past offseason. Unfortunately for Howard, the Rockets are off to a mediocre 8-5 start, and his frustration boiled over on Wednesday night when he was hit with a technical foul for throwing a ball at a heckling fan. But it only got worse for Howard after the Rockets’ loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Speaking with ESPNDallas reporter Tim MacMahon, Mavericks guard Vince Carter gave a candid response when asked about Howard’s complaining. “All the time,” Carter said of Howard’s whining to officials. “He always talks about how I’m a crybaby. I was like, ‘Yo, you’re the biggest crybaby I know.’ And then later, he’s like, ‘Yo, why’d you say that to me?’ But I know Dwight. It’s all good, but he is [a crybaby]. “I mean, he takes a lot of punishment, but I’m like, ‘Yo, c’mon Dwight, c’mon. You elbowed, you’re sitting in the paint the entire time. What are you whining about?’ He told me to stop crying. I was like, ‘What? Are you serious?’” Labeling Howard as a crybaby is unfair, but he does spend too much time arguing with officials, and this causes him to lose focus at times. The great players are able to move on from bad calls and focus on helping their team win, and this is something Howard must learn before he becomes the main component of a championship team. Photo of the Night Actor Samuel L. Jackson was at the Falcons-Saints game wearing a sweet pair of glasses. Photo via @SamuelLJackson Tweet of the Night Are you excited for Wes Welker‘s return to Foxboro? Welker on Brady: "This week, we’re pretty much enemies, but no, we’re really tight and close. I wish the best for him--just not this week."— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) November 21, 2013 Video of the Night Chris Webber‘s reaction to Shaq‘s fall is priceless. Filed under: Headlines, NBA, NESN Staff, Sylvania Spotlight
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