Now that Dwight Howard's tenure is likely over in Houston, there's no reason for him to hold back in his displeasure anymore.
While appearing as a guest on TNT's “Inside the NBA” on Tuesday, the Houston Rockets center opened up about certain topics, most notably, the accusation that he's been disinterested during games. The 6-foot-11 center had the following to say in regards to that accusation:
“There have been times where I've been upset and I've taken myself out of games and situations and that's on me.”
Prior to this, Howard had stated why he would appear to be disinterested while playing for the Rockets:
“I'm always interested in winning. As a big, sometimes you want to feel a part of what's going on…but I have to rely on my teammates in certain aspects to get me the ball.”
Howard has spent three years with the Rockets, but as James Harden's star grew, Howard's role with the team continued to decline. The former All-Star averaged 18.3 points in 2013-14, 15.8 points last season and 13.7 points this past year. Howard's 2015-16 points per game average was the lowest since his rookie season.
Considering the 30-year-old was widely regarded as the best center in the game when he arrived in Houston three years ago, it's easy to understand his frustration of being relegated as a role player with the Rockets.
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You can watch Howard's full statement in the video below:
Dwight Howard opens up re: reports he was "disinterested" by playing with James Harden pic.twitter.com/lUM3f7kRkz
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) May 11, 2016