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Dwight Howard does not hear your criticism

Mar 18, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

Not sure if you ever noticed this, but ESPN tends to overhype things. Deserved or not, if a sporting event is on the network, it gets pumped. Lots of cross promotion.

ESPN was showing the Orlando against San Antonio game Wednesday night, so along those lines on a morning show I usually mute they asked the question who would you want right now: Dwight Howard or Tim Duncan? Talking head Skip Bayless said Tim Duncan, because he shows up in the playoffs. Apparently Skip didn’t watch last year’s playoffs, but whatever.

Howard went out and shut down Duncan, holding him to a career worst 1 for 10 on the night.

Afterward, Howard smacked Bayless back a little bit to the Orlando Sentinel.

“I think everybody has a problem with anything I do on the floor. We got to the Finals last year with the same way I played this year. I’m not going to change who I am, I’m not going to change my personality. I’m not going to change anything about me. I’ve been playing basketball since I was three years old. I never changed one part of myself in this game. I’ve gotten a lot better since I’ve been playing basketball, but one thing that has always been consistent is I’m going to have fun out there. Basketball brings me joy. I don’t care what people say about me smiling too much or having too much fun. Hey, I’m doing something I love. I’m going to be thankful and have fun doing it. …

“I don’t know what he could possibly say. Scottie Pippen said things, also Skip (Bayless). I know in order to win you gotta work hard and that’s one thing that I do. I work extremely hard on both ends. I might have nights where I might not shoot the ball as well but I’m still going to work hard, I’m still going to play defense and do all the small things. Numbers don’t lie…

Only people that we have to listen to are our coaches. Those are the guys that get paid to make us better players. Skip, he’s called everybody out. He’s called LeBron “Prince James.” LeBron’s one of the best players in the world, and he doesn’t think LeBron is good. It’s somebody just talking.”

Skip Bayless’ job is not to make sports comments — it’s to draw viewers. (Goal is the same here, we just try to do it differently.) Saying controversial things can help do that. But in the end it’s somebody just talking. Take it all with a grain of salt.

  1. Kimmer - Mar 18, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Back 10 or 20 years ago there was this guy (Mike Lupica?). Maybe that was his name. Anyhow, he was the ultimate punky looking geek who thought cuz he wrote about sports that he knew sports. I would class Bayless with that guy. There’s another skinny football analyst who looks like “sherman” in that cartoon with the dog. “Sherman and I set the wayback machine for 1866.” Remember him? Anyhow. What I am tryin’ to say is these 3 guys are WORLD class geeks. Talking about sports of all things. They should be talking about men’s figure skating. More their speed I think.

  2. Wizard of Ozola - Mar 18, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    skip bayless wrote ‘BOYS WILL BE BOYS”, A GOSSIP BOOK ABOUT THE COWBOYS” lOTS OF HE SAID , SHE SAID. HOWARD IS RIGHT, THE GUY IS A TALKING HEAD, BLOOGERBOY, WANNA BE INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER. HE NEVER GOT IN THE TRENCHES AND PLAYED IN THE PAINT IN N.Y. CITY LIKE I DID. PUT HIM ON THE COURT AND I WILL ANTHONY MASON HIM LIKE A FREIGHT TRAIN. LET THE PUNK GO CHASE TIGER’S HOES FOR A STORY.MIKE LUPICA IS A PUNK TOO.A WANNA-BE DAVE ANDERSON OF THE N.Y. TIMES NEWSPAPER. HE WAS A LIGHT WEIGHT ON N.Y. POST RAG, LIKE THE KIND YOU WHIPE YOUR BUTT WITH.

  3. Noah - Mar 18, 2010 at 11:27 PM

    Howard shut down Duncan? As far we know that bulk of meat only put up 9 points, isn’t that so? So who shut down who? By the way, stop comparing Howard and the Admiral – frankly there is absolutely no comparison to be made at all. D-Rob in his third season put up 4.49 BPG and 23.2 PPG and later on an almost unreachable quadruple double. Howard hasn’t won anything so far like his mentor Patrick Ewing period. Furthermore the Admiral speaks educated ENGLISH not the mumbo-jumbo dialect this new generation of illiterate NBA ball players articulate.
    All the best

  4. fiveiron - Mar 19, 2010 at 8:39 AM

    Most people never “got in the trenches.” Then again, most people know how to spell “wipe” and “blogger.” Duncan is better than Howard, and Lupica and Bayless are both good writers.

  5. Adrian - Mar 19, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    I’m sorry fiveiron, but you lost all credibility in suggesting Bayless is a “good writer”. He’s a hack and a bum using his antics to try to hold onto a job.
    Nothing more.

  6. bobdevo - Mar 19, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    The jury is still out on Dwight Howard. In the two games the Magic lost to the Cavs this year, Shaq totally neutralized Howard, with LeBron mopping up what was left.
    Cavs are rolling without their 1st team and 2nd team center; both Shaq and Z will be back, which, when added to the other Cavs bigs – Hickson, Varejao, Powe and Jamison – gives the Cavs 36 fouls to put on Dwight.
    We’ll have to see how this unfolds in the playoffs.

  7. Skids - Mar 19, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Lupica got crammed into Dave Kingman’s locker once, maybe he needs reminding of that. Bayless certainly needs to be crammed in a locker.

  8. Steve - Mar 19, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Everybody hates on Skip but he’s right more than you think. He said Orlando would beat Cleveland in the Eastern Finals last year and everybody laughed at him. Howard may be better right now but he didn’t show up in the finals last year, Duncan has 4 rings and we all know he shows up when it matters. He says LeBron doesn’t make game winning shots, well duh, hes made I think 2 in 7 years while the guy people keep tryin to say hes better than (Kobe) has hit 7 this year alone. He said before this NFL season that the Cowboys would be a better team without T.O. and win the NFC East, and everybody said he was crazy. They did just that and won a playoff game for the first time since 1996. He’s not as crazy as everybody says he is.

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