Kevin McHale On Dwight Howard: ‘After He Loses, Five Minutes Later He’s Over It. When I Lost I Was Miserable’
The least surprising thing that happened today before the NBA trade deadline was the thing that didn't happen. Despite trade talks with Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, and Miami, Dwight Howard is still with the Rockets. Or, as a fan tweeted:
No one wanted Dwight Howard? NO WAY!!! https://t.co/AIcquXt8SS
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) February 18, 2016
Kevin McHale thinks he knows why.
The former head coach in Houston was on Mike & Mike this morning, and spent a good chunk of the interview defending Howard, saying that he isn't the problem in Houston, and that injuries and mileage have hampered him over the past couple of seasons.
Also, let's not forget that Howard's looming free agency played big in any trade discussions.
But McHale also brought up another important point. Sometimes it's all about your attitude. McHale:
"My only, um, it's not really a criticism, the reality if Dwight is, after he loses, five minutes later he's over that loss. Whereas, I know when I played and coached, when I lost I was miserable. And I wanted to be miserable. I think there was something about that misery that made me a better coach and a better player, because I just kind of wallowed in that misery. And I was always amazed when guys could kind of turn the page really quickly like that."
I can think of few people more qualified to judge Howard than McHale, so I don't doubt him. But for me, the thing preventing Howard from living up to his nickname is all explained in the video below.
It happened during last season's playoffs, as the Warriors were dismantling the Rockets in Game 3 of their sweep. Injuries, free agency, the score -- nothing excuses this. It's just lack of effort and basketball IQ. And the fact that Howard looked around like he got fouled, and later grabbed Curry by the head on a flagrant, just makes it worse.
So Howard may not be the problem in Houston, but he's not the solution, and it's no surprise that he's still there.
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