Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:
Originally posted by OregonDuckNiner:
I'm starting to warm up to the idea of Dwight... kinda rooting for him to come here now.
Talent-wise, it's a no-brainer. But I wouldn't go near anyone who acts like he does...he's completely unprofessional and doesn't mind quitting on a team and/or throwing coaches under the bus when it suits him. Anyone who signs him is making a deal with the devil and if the Lakers end up fleecing us for anyone of the caliber of Barnes or Klay, LA fans deserve to laugh in our face for years to come.
Again, it's not a question of talent because the guy is a beast, no doubt. It's a question of character, and the guy has none.
I can't think of him ever quitting on a team. He was playing in Orlando with a herniated disk, in a lot of pain, and gave what he could give. He came back early from his back surgery and played through pain for the Lakers this year. The dude has the maturity of a 15 year old, but I don't think it's fair to say he's quit on a team. And neither Barnes nor Klay is of Dwight's caliber.
That last year under Van Gundy, he "seemed" to quit on games (especially one against the Knicks that got a lot of pub), regularly avoided team huddles and acted like a jack-ass. Now, I'm not a doctor, and neither is Kobe or Magic, but they both publicly questioned Dwight's "injuries" often, and Magic specifically thought Dwight quit on the team in that last game when he got ejected. He didn't quit as in "dogging it," but he stupidly got ejected while his team was being blown out.
From my pedestrian's eye, it sure didn't seem like he was giving max effort most of the time. But again, it's my opinion and I have no inside information to prove anything.
What disturbed me the most was when he tried to play it off to Van Gundy that all was well between them. He didn't even have the balls to say, "yah, we have our issues and those issues should remain in house." He tried to pretend like everything was ok; thankfully VG outed him for being the little b***h he is.
Very true, Klay and Barnes aren't anywhere near the caliber of player that Howard is, but I'd rather have guys like that on my team (lesser talents, but high character) any day of the week than people like Dwight Howard. More specifically, I'd take my chances building on the core team of Bogut, Curry, Klay, Barnes, Lee, Green, Ezeli, Rush, etc.
[ Edited by GhostofFredDean74 on Jul 2, 2013 at 4:17 PM ]