Dwight Howard Called Out By Prominent Los Angeles Figures Reviewed by Momizat on . After deciding to leave the Lakers and join the Houston Rockets last Friday, All-Star center Dwight Howard has received much backlash and criticism from several After deciding to leave the Lakers and join the Houston Rockets last Friday, All-Star center Dwight Howard has received much backlash and criticism from several Rating:
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shaqAfter deciding to leave the Lakers and join the Houston Rockets last Friday, All-Star center Dwight Howard has received much backlash and criticism from several prominent Los Angeles figures regarding his decision.

Two Laker legends, centers Shaquille O’Neal and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Laker fan and rapper Ice Cube, and the L.A. based radio station Power-106, all were extremely critical of Howard’s decision to leave Los Angeles and did not hide their displeasures.

Abdul-Jabbar took to Facebook on Monday to express his feelings regarding Dwight’s time in Los Angeles, calling out Dwight for his lack of improvement during his stint as a Laker. This wasn’t the first time Abdul-Jabbar had been critical of Dwight either, in an interview with the San Francisco chronicle in May, Kareem had plenty to say about Dwight’s game.

“He gets the ball on offense, oh, my God, he doesn’t know what to do. It’s usually a turnover, people come and take the ball from him or tie his arms up. Offensively, he doesn’t get it. Hasn’t made any progress. We (the Lakers when Kareem was an assistant coach) played them in ‘09, and when I saw him this past season, he was the same player.”

Following the trend of former Lakers’ centers criticizing Dwight, Shaq had a few things to say about Dwight’s decision to leave the bright lights of L.A.

According to ESPN, Shaq wasn’t particularly supportive of Dwight’s decision to move to Houston.

“It was expected. We’ve all been in L.A., and not a whole lot of people can handle being under the bright lights. Everybody wants to do it, but when you get there, there are certain pressures. I think it was a safe move for him to go to a little town like Houston. That’s right, little town. I said it.”

Phil Jackson was probably the least critical of Dwight Howard of the prominent LA figures that decided to comment, however the Zen Master wasn’t without a jab or two, calling Dwight an “Astro” rather than the name of his new team, the Rockets. Jackson took to Twitter to express his feelings on Dwight’s leaving and the future of the Lakers.


Along with former NBA players and coaches, some LA celebrities decided to let Dwight know how they feel about his decision to leave Tinseltown for Houston. Rapper/Actor/Public Figure Ice Cube chose to leave Dwight with a few choice words while on stage at the Greek Theatre during his “Kings of the Mic” tour.

Finally, the popular Los Angeles based radio station, 105.9, better known as Power 106 had their own celebration of Dwight’s departure with their #DWIGHTCOWARD hour mix tape, during which they repeatedly bashed on the former Laker via call-in’s and cut-ups.

Based on the reaction from most of Los Angeles, it is safe to say the Dwight Howard saga will not be soon forgotten nor forgiven.


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  • Jim213

    Be thankful that he left… the bad investment would’ve cost $118 million possibly.

    • Jay-n-LA


  • Big Jake

    If Phil was coaching, he’d still be in L.A…. The blame goes to Jerry Buss’ lil boy who’s running the team!

  • Juan

    Wait and see how much James Harden really wants to defer to Dwight Howard. 4th quarter is Harden time not Dwight, look at the stat sheet Howard’s quote.

  • Juan

    It takes pride and honor to wear the Purple and Gold, something Dwight doesnt have. Reason why he chose little Houston. The city of Angels was to big for Howard to show his limited offense of skills. His name should never be mentioned among Lakers great centers, Wilt, Kareem and Shaq.

  • socali

    there is still a #stayd12 billboard on Sunset. WTF. Take that crap down.

    • J Lee

      Are you sure that stupid billboard is still there???

      • socali

        They took it off this morning. Didn’t see it thank god.

  • ra

    DH has a ceiling, and Kareem identified that he may have hit it. So, given the ‘limited’ capability (DH is not a great post-up player), it’s better that he’s gone. Yes, his D is great (shot blocking, etc.), but he’s not a player like Kareem and Wilt (dominant in the post), and that’s what you need to win championships. I’m sure he won’t be doing that in Houston.

    But, more important, we can’t be sure he would have tried to learn that here in LA. He met with Kareem once, and that was it (at least, only one time that it was mentioned). He could have learned from Kareem, the best at it. Instead, he decided to slowly degenerate and not give it his all. He clearly wants to stay the type of player that he is.

    I think he was afraid to perform too well, because if he tried too hard, and the Lakers failed, he wouldn’t be able to take shouldering the blame. But if he didn’t try hard (like he did), then he could say that he didn’t really try, but could have been a stellar player if he did. Either way, we won’t know.

    So, we’re better off not worrying about these issues. We want champions. DH doesn’t really want to be a champion.

    Bring on the players interested in championships! Not sure if Jim Buss can do that, but let’s try anyway.

  • 3339

    dwight doesn’t have that championship mentality.

  • AVRCStalker

    I can’t for the life of me see why this guy was worth the fuss, to quote Shakespeare he was “Much Ado about Nothing.”

  • Lakersgirl8

    This is a blessing. Dwight Howard isn’t thick skin enough for LA.

  • bryan

    dwight doesn’t have a potential to make a championship…

  • Super Girl


    • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

      The best thing I think Lakers should do is POSTERIZE him every time they play. I BET he will learn not to MESS with LAKERS AFTER THAT

  • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

    I would love to see a couple of POSTERS of Dwight being POSTERIZED by LAKERS this season. That will be Hilariously SOLD OUT!

  • arnel cruz

    i think the only reason some people think hes good because there are no legit center in the nba right now to match him up with..unlike before..he has not the caliber of kareem or shaq or kobe or michael so to speak..he doesnt change..very limited..i see him like the cartoon character goofy..

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