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Dwight Howard gets decimated by LA media

Chuck - Red's Army April 25, 2013 Around the NBA 7 Comments

How bad is the situation in Los Angeles for Dwight Howard? Not only are the Lakers down 2-0 to the Spurs, but Howard is getting blasted by the media for the lack of impact he’s had in the first two games:

Dwight Howard, who could soon sign a $118-million contract to become the Lakers’ next Shaquille O’Neal, is not playing like Shaquille O’Neal. There have been times in the last two games, in fact, when he looks more like Jermaine O’Neal.

The Lakers took the floor at the AT&T Center on Wednesday exhausted and hurting, their man purses filled with ready excuses. No Kobe Bryant. No Jodie Meeks. Barely Steve Nash.

Howard, however, could soon be paid to ensure there are no excuses. He is supposed to be the excuse eliminator, the momentum creator, the giant shoulders upon which his teammates can survive nights like this.

Instead, with the Spurs surrounding and poking and prodding him, he crumbled into a giant purple ball upon which his teammates gratefully collapsed. He had five turnovers, five fouls, shot only four free throws and grabbed only two rebounds in a first half when the Lakers essentially lost it.

He was there, but he wasn’t there. He was the elephant in the room, a giant that nobody could really recognize. This was the sort of game that Shaq used to own, yet this was a game that Howard quickly sold.

Bill Plaschke deserves a standing ovation for that rip job.

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  • KGino

    been saying it for years, Howard is so over rated..especially on offense… just a freak athlete with no post moves whatsoever. Perk shuts him down 9 times outta 10. Lakers will need more than him when kobe goes.

    • LA Flake

      Overrated on offense, yes. And I never was a fan of his. But I’d still love to bring him here. Him and Sully would make an awesome duo up front.

      Hey Dwight!
      Give this flakey ass town (LA) the middle finger and move your ass to Boston!

      • Bleedgreen.

        No. Look what he did to the lakers. If it weren’t for Kobe playing out if hi mind they would’ve missed the playoffs

        • LA Flake

          Yeah but I like his chances of turning the corner in the next year or two. He’s just at that right age. I don’t think he’ll ever be an offensive juggernaut but he’s a defensive monster and a hell of a rebounder. He just needs to be in the right environment with the right players around him. And even though he and Rondo can’t shoot to save their lives, I think Rondo could elevate Dwight’s game to another level and vice versa.

  • http://twitter.com/REDSLOVECHILD RED`S LOVE CHILD

    Bill Plaschke fails to mention that he spent more than a year publicly pleading {in his LA Times column} for the Lakers to acquire Howard at any cost!

    • LA Flake

      Yes, he did!

  • P Funk

    Good thing they didn’t get Chris Paul to go with Dwight…