Dwight Howard is a controversial player.
While we all know that he is still the best center in the league, he is no longer known as a desirable player to some because of some controversies he was involved in-specifically in leaving the Orlando Magic, which eventually placed him as the league’s villain.
A documentary on the current Houston Rockets’ starting center reveals some important issues on his career.
Some of his statements were shared by ESPN: “Dwight on asking Magic management to make a coaching change after Orlando’s first-round exit in the 2011 playoffs: We shouldn’t be losing like this.
I wanted to win.
And I went to management and I said: ‘Guys, I’m a player.
I just want to give my two cents.
I think that our coach has lost his touch with the team.
Great coach, but I think he’s lost his touch, I think he’s lost his voice.
And I think it’s time that you guys get a new voice.’ I said, ‘I love him as a coach, but I think we need a new voice.’ …
Six weeks [later], they finally respond [and say], ‘We’re gonna keep Stan.’ So I’m like: ‘OK.
That lets me know how you guys feel about your leader expressing how to make the team better.’ ” One of the worst moments in Orlando Magic history was when they did fire Stan Van Gundy apparently to please Howard, but he still pushed for a trade: “Dwight on the trade demand that soon followed: That summer I just thought about what I needed for my career.
And when I got back [to Orlando], I let those guys know that I wanted to be traded.
I just wanted a change for myself.
I didn’t want it to be done publicly.
I just wanted it to happen silently.
And I’d go to a new team, start fresh.
Well, it didn’t happen that way.
The season comes around and they asked me to come to the office, shook my hand and they said, ‘We’re gonna trade you tomorrow.’ The next day the trade didn’t happen, but they came out and said I wanted to be traded.
And that’s when everything went downhill.
And I feel like I should have came out and said some things at that point to let people know what was going on, but in that situation I really didn’t know what to do.” These two events cement Howard’s status as a villain.
Does this clarify everything, or will there be protests from the other side?