Dwight Coward Discussion

Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby ibeo on Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:50 pm

this will be fun for years to come
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:00 pm

hmmmm... too soon?
For what it's worth, the Lakers also clinched the Pacific Division, an achievement Bryant dismissed by saying "We don't hang divisions." No, only the big NBA championship banners are considered wall-worthy for the Lakers.
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby lakersyunowin on Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:19 pm

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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby Weezy on Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:46 pm

Like I said in LD, the Rockets will be good, better than last season pretty much guaranteed, but they aren't a title contender from what I can see. They got Howard, but they lost some nice role players in Delfino, Garcia and Brooks. So it's currently Lin/Harden/Parsons/Robinson or Smith?/Dwight with a bench of Beverly, Asik, and Jones. Not exactly stacked at the moment if you ask me. Howard could end up fitting well with these guys, or he could clash with them like he did a lot of the time here, you never know with him. He walked away from 30 mil for a ring supposedly, and I don't see him getting it, Durant and Westbrook aren't going anywhere, LeBron isn't going anywhere, Clippers got better, Brooklyn got way better, Spurs are still the same team, Warriors got better, the Rockets are not a title favorite.
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby GNC on Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:59 pm

and if he really wanted to "win" he would have gone to the Warriors.
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Postby dak22 on Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:03 pm

I can't wait for Shaq's comments.
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Postby V.V.V.V.V. on Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:13 pm

Shaq is going to call him a mental midget, in not so many words.
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby shoe on Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:16 pm

GNC wrote:and if he really wanted to "win" he would have gone to the Warriors.


Agreed. Houston will be a good regular season/2nd round exit team for the next few years.
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Postby Tobias Funke on Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:21 pm

GNC wrote:and if he really wanted to "win" he would have gone to the Warriors.


Yep, IMO their core is closer to being able to seriously contend for a title than Houston, even if they gave up both Klay and Barnes. And if they were able to pull one over on Mitch and only give up Barnes? Forget about it.

He'll have fun in Houston with the youngsters they have there, but its scary to think that he's their veteran leader, and even worse if they pull off the trade for Smith, they'll have two childhood friends who still act like children leading them. Good luck with that.
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby Weezy on Sat Jul 06, 2013 1:00 am

Dwight's interview after his his decision, lot of revealing stuff in here, about his decision, the Lakers, and I think his personality, which led to his decision (he thinks he is already a winner, his definition of winner is much different than Kobe and the Lakers definition). Also, plenty of referring to himself in the third person, Dwight did what was best for Dwight. :man10:

http://www.hoopsworld.com/dwight-howard-discusses-decision-in-qa

Dwight Howard Discusses Decision in Q&A

Dwight Howard Discusses Decision in Q&A
By Alex Kennedy
Senior NBA Writer

On Friday evening, Dwight Howard officially decided to join the Houston Rockets. He had been weighing his options in Aspen, Colorado and ultimately chose the Rockets over the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks.

Shortly after making his decision, he spoke to HOOPWORLD in an exclusive phone interview.

Why did you select the Rockets over the other four teams you met with?

Dwight Howard: “I felt like Houston was the best fit for me. I felt that James and I would really have an opportunity to grow together. I felt like having a coach like Kevin McHale and having Hakeem Olajuwon, who’s in Houston, can really help me grow as a player – help me as a post player and help my overall game. It was very appealing. I felt like this was a great opportunity for me to start fresh. I’m just looking forward to this opportunity.”

How excited are you to play with James Harden in Houston?

DH: “Ah man, I’m very excited. I’m very excited. I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been in contact with James and we’ve just been talking about developing a good relationship so we can lead that team as far as we can. We’ve been talking about winning championships.”

Do you feel that this is the closest you’ve been to a championship in this your career?

DH: “Nothing is ever promised, but I feel like this is going to be a great opportunity for us to win. Playing with a guy like James and the rest of the team they have, we have a great opportunity. You only have a small window to win in the NBA. I think this gives me a good window, a good opportunity, to win. I’m going to do what I can to help this team win. I think, right now, I’m the oldest guy on the team so I’ll be the youngest veteran in the NBA. But it’s a great opportunity. Looking at this team and the team we had in Orlando, it’s a very similar team, but we’re adding a guy like James Harden to that team. It’s a great opportunity.”

What stood out for you in the Rockets’ presentation earlier this week?

DH: “It wasn’t really the presentation. Every team that I talked to had a great presentation. And it’s not like I came in thinking that the Rockets would be the team and didn’t pay attention in the other meetings or anything like that. I really listened. I took notes. I asked questions. I did everything I could to make sure I was making the best possible decision for myself. I just looked at everything in the end and I just felt like this was the place to go.”

Are you happy to move on from this process and just focus on basketball again?

DH: “I am. Now, I’ll get a chance to just put down the hammer somewhere and just play. There’s no more uncertainty. People don’t have to worry about anything for the next four years or say anything for the next four years. I’m just going to play and be who I am. I’ll get back everything that I lost. I’m looking forward to it.”

How tough have these two years and all of this drama been on you?

DH: “I’m sick and tired of all the sources. I’m sick of people coming up with stories. I mean, it’s just a blessing for me. I had the opportunity to go through all of this – go through this process – but it’s been tough. Seeing all of the stuff on the internet. Seeing stuff that the reporters are saying when it’s nowhere near true and not who I am as a person. I was perceived as someone who I’m not. It hurt a lot. It really hurt a lot. But the only thing now is to move forward. I have an opportunity to get past all of that and I’m looking forward to it. This summer has been great. I’ve gotten away from everything this summer. I didn’t pay attention to anything that was being put out there on T.V. I had to hear about it, but I didn’t focus on any of that stuff. I focused on getting better. I’m just looking forward to the next half of my career.”

Was it tough walking away from a franchise like the Lakers? They really haven’t lost a marquee free agent before.

DH: “Very tough. Very, very, very tough. Very, very tough. People wouldn’t understand. Walking away from them and walking away from $30 million. That shows you right there that I want to win. I want to win. Nothing else matters other than winning. I don’t think anybody would’ve ever walked away from $30 million, but I want to win. But yeah, just walking away was tough. I was walking away from six million fans. I was walking away from a storied franchise. All of that makes it tough and it makes it a really, really big risk. I learned a lot from the situation in Orlando though, when I was afraid to walk away because I didn’t want to hurt people. I was afraid to leave because everything seemed like it was great. But now, I’m doing what’s best for Dwight. People are going to be mad and upset either way, so I’d rather be happy. I want to be happy playing basketball rather than upset doing what everyone wants me to do.”

What did you think of Kobe Bryant’s comments that he could teach you how to be a winner?

DH: “He didn’t say anything of that sort. People twisted a lot of stuff that he said. But in my personal opinion, I’m a winner. I’m a winner because I’ve been playing for nine years when the average career for an NBA player is three years. I’m a winner because I made it to the NBA from a small school in Atlanta, GA, with 16 people in a class. I’m a winner because I’m succeeding in life. I’ve had problems and I’m not better than the next man, but I’m going to push myself to be a winner when it comes to winning a championship. But he didn’t say anything like that and a lot of people twisted what he did say.”

If Phil Jackson had been more involved with the Lakers or coaching the team, would that have affected your decision?

DH: “Well, I asked to have him as my coach earlier in the year. (pause) The best decision for me was to do what’s best for Dwight. I think this is the best thing for me. This wasn’t a decision about anybody else. I didn’t have anybody pushing me to do anything. This is what Dwight wanted.”

Have you gotten much sleep lately?

DH: “Man, I’ve actually gotten some good sleep. When the meetings were going on, I didn’t really get much sleep. But after that, after I left, I really got the chance to sleep and just enjoy life. I went up to Colorado and had a good time. Man, I had a good time. I really enjoyed myself. I played chess, ping pong and just got away. I want to get back to that person. That’s who I am. That’s the person that made me who I am and who people love. I have to get back to being that.”

Why did you decide to weigh your options in Colorado?

DH: “I love that place. I love the mountains, trees and nature. That’s who I am as a person. I love that stuff and I wanted to get away. I wanted to enjoy the beauty of the earth. That’s why I went there.”

Did the Rockets talk about acquiring Josh Smith during their presentation?

DH: “They didn’t talk to me about it. They just talked about the opportunity that they have for me and what they can provide for me as a player. That’s what was intriguing for me. But like I said in the beginning, it was very tough. Very, very tough.”
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby lakersyunowin on Sat Jul 06, 2013 1:15 am

he don't got what we need.

if he wants to go have fun in houston and be satisfied with that, well god bless him. but he's not a laker and he never was.
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby noobiew on Sat Jul 06, 2013 1:43 am

Dwight Howard is 28, I firmly believe that once he hits 30,when his athleticism and speed fade away, hes gonna lose 80% of his games.

So theoretically he's only have 2 more years left for his prime to win a championship as the man, he's gonna regret walking away from 30 guarantee million dollars and leaving for LA city/lifestyle.

Good riddance, enjoy your new team while you can Dwight.
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Postby puffyusaf#2 on Sat Jul 06, 2013 1:48 am

LOL. Go ahead Dwight you got all you wanted. A player who did all this background work with James Harden so he can be 1B. :bow: Rock on D12 Rock on.
For what it's worth, the Lakers also clinched the Pacific Division, an achievement Bryant dismissed by saying "We don't hang divisions." No, only the big NBA championship banners are considered wall-worthy for the Lakers.
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Postby lakersyunowin on Sat Jul 06, 2013 1:48 am

noobiew wrote:Dwight Howard is 28, I firmly believe that once he hits 30,when his athleticism and speed fade away, hes gonna lose 80% of his games.

So theoretically he's only have 2 more years left for his prime to win a championship as the man, he's gonna regret walking away from 30 guarantee million dollars and leaving for LA city/lifestyle.

Good riddance, enjoy your new team while you can Dwight.

judging from the personality he's shown, he's gonna hate living in houston compared to LA.
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Postby Finwë on Sat Jul 06, 2013 2:35 am

He's probably not going to win anything in Houston either though.. I don't really think they are good enough or deep enough or have what it takes.
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Postby denimPortugal on Sat Jul 06, 2013 3:47 am

I hope you win....nothing! :mad1:
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Postby dmaul on Sat Jul 06, 2013 8:54 am

noobiew wrote:Dwight Howard is 28, I firmly believe that once he hits 30,when his athleticism and speed fade away, hes gonna lose 80% of his games.

So theoretically he's only have 2 more years left for his prime to win a championship as the man, he's gonna regret walking away from 30 guarantee million dollars and leaving for LA city/lifestyle.

Good riddance, enjoy your new team while you can Dwight.

Exactly! He's been in the league 9 years, doesn't have much of an offensive game, and everything he does relies on his speed and athleticism.

If I came off back surgery with no guarantee that l'd ever be the same player as before, there's no way I'm turning down 30 mil.
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Postby 432J on Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:06 am

funny that he's so sold on houston as being the best place for him to win

i guess the idiot doesn't realize that they were worse than the lakers were last season and that's even with all of our injuries and BS throughout the season!
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Postby XXIV on Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:31 am

Meeks :bow:
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Postby c.Lin on Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:49 am

Daaaaamn, Jodie. :man10:
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby Tobias Funke on Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:11 am

Him and Jodie were actually pretty close I think. Ironically Jodie may have been passed on if it wasnt for our hopes of retaining Dwight. Still, Dwight probably reassured Jodie that he wasn't going anywhere in private.

This right here says it all about why Dwight is a coward tho.

What did you think of Kobe Bryant’s comments that he could teach you how to be a winner?

DH: “He didn’t say anything of that sort. People twisted a lot of stuff that he said. But in my personal opinion, I’m a winner. I’m a winner because I’ve been playing for nine years when the average career for an NBA player is three years. I’m a winner because I made it to the NBA from a small school in Atlanta, GA, with 16 people in a class. I’m a winner because I’m succeeding in life. I’ve had problems and I’m not better than the next man, but I’m going to push myself to be a winner when it comes to winning a championship. But he didn’t say anything like that and a lot of people twisted what he did say.”



The player we need to lead us after Kobe must be someone who knows that if you truly want to take it to the next level then you have to win titles, and he has to own up to that responsibility until he gets it done, not deflect to try and make himself look good.

Real talk, Kobe was far more desperate to win a title after Shaq left and he had 3 at the time.
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby therealdeal on Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:20 am

Wow. Dwight just showed he's comfortable.

No wonder the Lakers weren't that keen on keeping him. Sorry Dwight, but when it comes to greatness, you just don't have it. You're NOT a winner in terms of the NBA. You're a loser. And with that attitude, you always will be.
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby dwighthowardsdad on Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:35 am

^I believe that's why the Lakers didn't fire MDA or go "all in" for Dwight. I think the Lakers figured out he wasn't their guy and decided if they lost then so be it. For all the Lakers PR about Dwight, I firmly believe that behind the scenes they knew he was 1). Leaving 2.) Not their guy to lead this Great Franchise into the Promise Land. And you know what? That's fine. You would rather find this out now then have him sign a contract and give you a colossal headache for the next 5 years.
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