If you thought the Dwight Howard "All-Star Weekend drama" was over, think again. Howard's troubles for All-Star weekend, festivities to celebrate the players who have played well and more importantly the fans of the NBA with special celebrations and events, began when he decided to mock his own teammate on the Los Angeles Lakers in Kobe Bryant by putting on his jersey in front of fellow teammates in the Western Conference locker room. Now it seems he caught the ire of one of the personalities who was arguably having the most fun that weekend: West team head coach Gregg Popovich.
According to Stephen A. Smith on an interview with ESPN's Mike & Mike in the Morning, Coach Pop wasn't too thrilled with Dwight Howard when he decided to socialize during a timeout on Sunday night. Howard decided to socialize with celebrities on the bench instead of paying attention to Popovich's coaching on a play that was specifically drawn up for Howard. The mild mannered Pop (at least during the All-Star Game) apparently called out Howard for his disrespect, San Antonio Spurs style. Here's an excerpt from the interview from Mike & Mike in the Morning's interview with Smith.
"Let me tell you something right now, Coach Gregg Popovich dropped a few F-Bombs in Dwight Howard's direction during All-Star Break. Now why is that guys? Because, during a timeout, Gregg Popovich drew up a play according to my sources for Dwight Howard in the game. Except, when it was time to run the play, Dwight Howard was not in the game, wasn't paying attention, was on the bench in his warmups chillin out socializing with folks, and Gregg Popovich almost went ballistic and basically was cussing at him according to numerous people that I spoke to"
For those who know Popovich (Spurs fans or not), they knew he's a mild mannered coach who takes the game of basketball seriously. If you remember what Kevin Durant said about Pop's instructions for the All-Star Game, you'd understand why he got upset at Howard.
Durant commented on what Pop told the team before Sunday's game, "He told us to go out and play. But he also said to respect the game."
With Howard's lack of respect toward the game and his coach that night, you can understand why Pop lashed out at Howard. This type of incident shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who has kept up with Dwight Howard as of late. The once "innocent loveable loser" big man in Orlando has quickly turned into the egotistical immature guy who wants things done his way and his way only. It seems Howard's reputation has taken a huge hit once Stan Van Gundy let everyone know how the true Howard was and everyone in his way since has felt his ego's punch.
This has to be disturbing news for Dwight Howard, especially as he's going to be a free agent this summer. As a player now known to be throwing his teammates and coaches under the bus, it'll be interesting to see who wants to deal with him. Spurs fans have been known to say Pop tends to control egos well but if Pop can't control Howard, what other coach will want to put his career on the line by having him on their team?
However, in the end, this has not been confirmed so take it for what it is worth Spurs fans.
@walka365 haha I read that earlier. He's such a douche. But ownership and your GM seem committed to him for some reason.
I so love this Dwight Howard imploding on the lakers . I liked him when was on the Magic that was his team .
Oh !!! Well !!!! We need to confirm this, but you will go ahead and run it anyway! What a jerk you are Jose. We all know what a "mild mannered coach" Pop's is. Sure, sure! There is no bigger Ahole in basketball than Pop's. I will give you this. As the way I see it Pop's is the best coach in basketball and, yes, that includes Phil. I am a Laker fan from the gitgo but I am a bball fan period and watch the Spurs and others when I can get them. God knows these Lakers need help. It is hard to tell where to start. We don't need clowns like you Jose causing trouble where there is none. Old Laker fan.
Love ya guys but this was the worst written article ive read from you in a long while in terms of run on sentences, incomplete thoughts and incorrect word selections. I got the gist but not the flavor or the impact of what you were saying.
@DoyleSmith a Lakers fan messaging on a Spurs site about writing about the Lakers? btw Stephen A Smith talked about this and Twitter blew up on this, you blaming them too?
guess you like the attention, you should worry about your team not making the playoffs first :)
@JohanBeijer Not Los Spurs. I can't think of a player off the top of my head that would be less fit to be on our team. He can have fun destroying some other team.
@JohanBeijer yes everyone's going to want him, but for how much? max money? max years? if he can't co-exist with the Lakers, who have the most talented starters in the league then who is going to try to realistically sign him with a bad back and shoulder? no one's saying no one will want him, teams will want him but they're going to be weary of him and so will the coaches.
his stock is definitely hurt.
@templestark we appreciate your comment we know that run on sentences can be a pane and choosing incorrect words four an article is vary important but glad you got the gist of it since i dont know where my thoughts were incomplete or what flavor its supposed to have but i feel you're pain because i hate run on sentences too.
@templestark Why do you feel the need to make that comment? If you got the jist of the article then you really have no reason to complain. Also, take a look at your horrible grammar before you go and bash someone else's.
@spursfan80 I agree. With his attitude, I'm surprised more Laker fans aren't swearing at him from the stands.
@Jose_G @DoyleSmith Well duh Jose! Can you not write something on your own? Do you just have to write things that someone else writes? As far as me writing on a Spurs site, let me explain to you since you are clueless about how the internet works. Your piece was on Bleacher Report. I did not log on to the Spurs site. I am worried that my Lakers will miss the playoff's. As far as me wanting attention, nah, that's goofy. People like you like to write stupid stuff and then blame it on others and whine when people respond to you. If you can't take it go sit in the seats with the women and the kids. You should not be hear with the grown-ups.
@Jose_G At first I read this and was like "whatever" but then I reread it and realized what was actually going on. Nice work.