Dwight Howard is rarely the last to express his displeasure, especially when it comes to claiming that he is not being properly recognized. He recently tackled the league’s 75 best all-time list that he snubbed. Sure, the Laker still has a lot to say.
When he’s not playing a lot in Los Angeles (13 minutes on average in 2021-22, for 5 points and 5 rebounds on average), Dwight Howard still regularly finds a way to make the news. The Pivot has been very vocal in the press indeed and doesn’t hesitate to drop a few headlines. In particular, he estimated that he was 400% underpaid., there is little! Suffice it to say that given his role, he is not lacking in confidence.
However, if one topic bugs him in particular, it’s his absence in the NBA’s all-time top 75. Great career author, D12 believes he should have been included and had already posted a brief but bloody message on the subject. He recently decided to talk to me about this in detail during an interview GQ. And we can feel how much this snob hurt inside:
Howard: “The NBA is trying to sideline me”
I think what I’ve done in my career is impossible that it will not be recognized. It was annoying at first to be snubbed out of the top 75. I felt like I wasn’t going to be there because I felt like the NBA was trying to sideline me. People think I’m trying to blame some things on the NBA, but I look at how some things went in my career and I know some of those things are not my fault. Take a look at the analysis of my past seasons, I have excellent statistics. And as soon as I’m traded, stories come out that I’m in the locker room with cancer. How does it come out? Looks like someone is trying to lower my worth.
Angry, LeBron stops the game and has the fans kicked out!
I’ve been in the league for a long time. I had an impact on every team I was on, on and off the pitch, and it was never recognized. So I thought it was a little crazy, but I told myself that it is, I’m not being seen for my fair worth. I told my friends and people close to me that I would start working harder and find other ways to send people positive messages.
For the trouble, we can understand the frustration of the pivot, which still has a damn good track record. In addition to his ring won in the 2019-20 season, Howard also holds three league best defender titles, level with Rudy Gobert. Add to that several top rebounder and blocker awards over a season and over 14,000 career catches, and you have a very serious candidate for the Hall of Fame. There would therefore be a considerable number in the 75.
Unfortunately, the fact that he had a long reputation for being a bad teammate certainly didn’t do him a favor, although his last few years tend to show that he has completely changed his mindset. The fact that his stats are now far from the enormous dominance he exercised during his time at Magic (18 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks on average between 2005 and 2012) does not help whoever is now continuing short contracts as a substitute . Which leads to it losing a lot of respect, rightly or wrongly, in the eyes of some.
That Dwight Howard ranks himself in the top 75 in NBA history isn’t inappropriate considering what he’s accomplished in his career. Rest assured, he should still be inducted into the Canton Hall of Fame after his retirement.