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Dwight Howard’s pining for point guard help is kind of crushing Jameer Nelson’s soul

Jan 22, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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Imagine you’re working on a project with a guy. Your careers depend on it. Now, your partner is an exceptional talent, he’s one of the best guys in the business at what you do. But he needs a complimentary guy with your specific skills. If things go well, you’re looking at being the best in your business. But then, after some struggles, not only is your partner talking about switching companies, but there keeps being talk (from him or elsewhere, word gets around the office) that he wants to work with the guys who are considered better than you. You, specifically, are not good enough for him, despite you having worked together and been successful for years.

Would you want to go to work?

Say hello the life of Jameer Nelson.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

Jameer Nelson admitted that Dwight Howard’s mention of playing with opposing point guards affected him.

“Maybe a little bit of that,” he said after playing one of his better games of the season Friday night, scoring 17 points and adding nine assists in the Magic’s 92-80 win against the Lakers.

“I am human. A lot of things affect you…you can have a bad day. All the stuff about other point guards was months ago. If I was hurt, I’m over it.”

via Jameer Nelson admits Howard talk affected him – Orlando Magic BasketBlog – Orlando Sentinel.

Pretty understandable, when you think about it. Who wants to be told the guy you depend on wants one of your direct competitors, especially when you’re supposed to be friends? It’s one of the really bizarre consequences of this new range of superstars. In the past, players that have won titles with one team have committed to their teams and teammates, not just the city. You never saw Tim Duncan talking about wanting to play with Jason Kidd instead of Tony Parker. Granted, Kobe Bryant has openly wanted upgrades, but, then, that’s Kobe Bryant and he has the luxury of playing for the Lakers and therefore never having to lead with any real authority beyond “hit a lot of shots.”

But there was Howard, wanting to play with Deron Williams, or Chris Paul, neither of which have gone to the Finals, when Nelson, who helped Howard win the East in 2009, (yes, Nelson was hurt during the 2009 Finals run, he also had started as a top-ten guard that year and had a huge part in helping the Magic land their playoff spot),and who is supposed to be a friend of Howard’s, is right there, next to him.

Good on Nelson for playing through it. Because if it were me, I wouldn’t just be hurt.

I’d be pretty angry.

  1. foodblogguy - Jan 22, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Saying that Jameer “led” the team to te 2009 finals is sort of an inaccurate statement. Nelson remember was injured in Dallas earlier in the season. So the Magic acquired Rafer Alston From Houston. Alston played the point for Orlando all the way to the finals where Jameer made a less than impressive return from his injury.

  2. raidmagic - Jan 22, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    I’m suprised the rest of the team is dealing with this as well as they are. How long or how many times can you listen to him say he just wants to get better and help this team win and win a championship while at the same time asking to be traded. I want this team to be as good as it can be until I can get out of here. Who wouldn’t want to buy into that.

    • tomshoe - Jan 22, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      Agreed, Dwight is being such a hypocrite. He just wants the team to be good and keep him for the rest of the year so he can buddy up with Deron and go wherever they want to, and the team that gets them doesn’t have to blow up the roster for them. Instant contenders.

      I can’t hate him though, that’s the way the game is played.

  3. bossmangunny - Jan 22, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Dwight Howard complaining?He could have Toney Douglas as his starting point guard

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 22, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      Sorry man, but I don’t think anyone in the league has a less talented roster of PGs then the Lakers. I’d take Toney Douglas in a heartbeat over anything I have in LA (so so sorry Fish’). I mean, the freakin’ Clippers have 5, count ‘em FIVE PGs on their damn roster, and ALL of them are better then any one of ours! Yes, even that Fortson kid!

      Man, in this day and age it seems like top tier PGs are growing on trees. Every team seems to have one or two but the last PG we had to brag about was Nick Van Exel! Now I know what D Fish has done and what he continues to do for the team and I am eternally grateful for him and his past contributions but jeeesus chriiist, can I get a PG! That would solve the Lakers problems I tell you.

      Sorry for rambling, I’m just as frustrated as Dwight, I guess. Shit, I’ll take Jameer of your hands buddy!

    • cinnalocks - Jan 23, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      Or Derek Fisher…………….but then again he could have Deron Williams as a point and Kobe a shooting guard in Los Angeles, where he could make millions just doing commercials. He would be stupid to stay in Orlando…..just like Shaq had Penny…..what happened to Penny and where did Shaq win two Championships?

  4. redbullenergydrink - Jan 22, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    I guess you need to step up your game, Jameer. Do what you did the other night on a consistent basis and maybe DHoward will stop asking for more help. It’s as simple as that.

  5. khadeemw - Jan 22, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Honestly i believe Jameer Nelson’s career was made by Dwight Howard. Hes good shooter, but hes undersized and doesnt have the best vision in the half court.

  6. Gordon - Jan 22, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    If Howard was on the Nets right now, with the current roster, they would be a 5 seed at best and bounced from the playoffs by the 2nd round. How’s that any better than where he’s at?

  7. willcoop - Jan 22, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Send the prick to New Jersey, they still won’t be any better. Does he get it that it’s a team sport? Two guys are not going to carry the team ( ask Bron Bron and Wade and Bosh) I’m tired of all these guys that think that they can dictate where they can go and play. Does anyone remember how shitty a team the Bulls had when Jordan first got there? He didn’t leave or quit, he stayed the course and they got the right pieces and the rest is history. Players today are coddled and have a sense of entitlement even though they haven’t won JACK SQUAT!

  8. lastdukestreetking - Jan 22, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    If the best deal the Magic can get before the trade deadline is a straightup deal for Bynum then the Magic should hold off. Force Dwight to choose between gping elsewhere and leaving $30 mill on the table or resign with the Magic.

  9. 00maltliquor - Jan 22, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Love the way you painted that office scenario picture Matt. Great writing!

  10. Mark Boland Jr - Jan 22, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    So Dwight Howard isn’t supposed to speak the truth? If you love the NBA and want more coverage Google “Daily Grind Sports”….they have great content

  11. bozosforall - Jan 23, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Jameer is more than welcome to leave Orlando and come to the Lakers.

    • cinnalocks - Jan 23, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      I am glad you are not in charge. Jameer is not big enough to defend in the Western Conference….keep him in Orlando.

  12. giselleisasucubus - Jan 23, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Dwight Howard is an overrated douchebag. I feel for Jameer Nelson. Lets take a look at Howards #’s in big games compared to Nelson. Dwight the dink ruining that team.

    • cinnalocks - Jan 23, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      The guy has played has missed less than ten games in his career, been an all star 5x and all defensive team 4x………….why does he have to do things to make you happy? You are foolish to think he should stay in a no mans land to appease Jameer Nelson. Do you have any idea how much Dwight could make on commercial deals in L.A.? Why did Shaq leave when he had Penny? Orlando vs L.A. sounds like you been drinking out of a douche bag and you are drunk.

  13. robertjamis - Jan 23, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    If the Magic had held on to Trevor Ariza, Marcin Gortat, and Courtney Lee, Nelson would be a perfect point guard. As it is they have a geriatric roster full of losers, and Howard has to carry the load.

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