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Dwight Howard to skip own youth hoops camp. Ugh. Just ugh.

Aug 7, 2012, 10:26 AM EDT

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Dwight Howard made changes in management of his career in recent years. Family members have louder voices in his inner circle. Since I’m not in that circle I can only judge those moves based on results and perceptions from the outside.

My word of advice to Dwight Howard and his team: Once you are in a hole, stop digging.

Like many NBA players, Dwight Howard lends his name to a youth basketball camp. Parents pay — in this case $199 — for a week of instruction from qualified coaches and a chance to see and hang out with the star player. While some players are actively involved in their camps, others make an appearance on the last day, sign some autographs and collect their check.

Dwight Howard isn’t even doing that, he’s staying in Los Angeles to rehab his back and will not be at his own youth camp in Orlando, reports the Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Bianchi, who takes a few swipes at Howard.

Originally, Howard was scheduled to be back in Orlando a few days after having out-patient back surgery, but he hasn’t been seen by the Magic in Orlando in more than three months. He has, however, attended at least two Los Angeles Dodgers games and a portion of the adidas Nations basketball tournament in L.A.

Howard’s annual camp originally was scheduled for July 1-2 at UCF, and Howard was supposed to attend both days. But it was postponed and rescheduled for Aug. 13-14 at Orlando Volleyball Academy. Although the camp still will be held next week. Andrew Nicholson, the Magic’s first-round draft pick, will fill in for Howard.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say again: It’s hard to believe Dwight is physically unable to attend a youth basketball camp, walk around the gym, offer some words of encouragement, take pictures and sign some autographs for the kids.

It doesn’t have to be public, you don’t have to take questions. But you have to show up. I attended these camps as a youth — my parents forced me to go to the at that time well retired John Wooden camp and it was one of the best experiences of my childhood — and seeing the athletes and listening to them talk got a message of hard work and dedication through. Those touches matter.

Howard has slaughtered his “good guy” PR image through this effort to get out of Orlando, in large part because he made LeBron James look smooth and professional at it.

When you get into a hole, stop digging.

  1. cakemixa - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Seriously, would anyone be upset if this guy never played again? So tired of hearing about him.

    • dls612 - Aug 7, 2012 at 12:06 PM

      He’s Terrell Owens of basketball!

      • BrownsTown - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:57 PM

        I bet even TO would show up.

    • loungefly74 - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      what i would like to happen to dwight…

      we see dwight getting ready to commit some blunder…but before it happens, an angel appears. the angel takes dwight on an ethereal journey showing him all the goofs n’ gafs he has done the past few years. dwight realizes what an idiot he has become and vows to change his ways by….(you fill in the blank)…

      (mine?)…sign a vet minimum contract with the LA Lakers! bwhahaha! alright, just kidding…but yeah, like everyone else here, i’m just sold that he is working on his “1 stooge” comedy tour…everything he does now is just laughable.

      • loungefly74 - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:55 PM

        damn…guys…its a joke. i was thinking of “its a wonderful life” for cryin out loud…

    • skinsfanwill - Aug 8, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      I wish I could Like that statement 30 times. He was a fraud from day one. He was mister “HOLY Roller” when he came into the league. I haven’t heard anything religious from this guy yet. Knocking up cheerleaders and basically zhitting on the kids now. He can kick rocks with no damn socks!!!!!!!!! And I’m not even and Orlando fan.

  2. skids003 - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Just when you think he can’t dig himself deeper, he gets a bigger shovel. Piece of work.

  3. phaden27 - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Ugh indeed.

  4. thestudiokida - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Kurt, can’t you keep your judgments out of the headlines? It takes all the fun out of judging. We like to form our own opinions even if it’s obvious or unanimous.

    • giselleisasucubus - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      Thestudiokida, this is a blog, not USA today. If you want journalists simply reporting the news, go somewhere else. Good stuff Kurt, thanks for posting this.

      • thestudiokida - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:37 AM

        Except that it’s not really a blog, it’s blog-format. This site is hosted on and reports basketball news like any other site. Most people came over from PFT and expect some of the same standards.

      • dadawg77 - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:49 AM

        wait are you saying Florio doesn’t put his opinion (non law items) in PFT articles?

      • CJ - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:53 AM

        wait are you saying PFT has standards?!

      • khuxford - Aug 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM

        I originally thought the guy was just being funny to say, “save the bashing for after the headlines or for us in the comments,” but then his further explanation shot that all to hell.

      • skids003 - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        Good one CJ.. Anything affiliated with NBC has no standards, especially related to “journalism”.

    • philtration - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      Kurt is right on the money on this and there is no need to sugar coat it.

    • hwatt - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      wait… what? you’re saying PFT’s headlines are the most unbiased you’ve ever seen?…. you haven’t seen much then. Good article, Kurt. Kids are paying a premium to interact with the guy who’s name is selling tickets. The guy just lost all potential repeat customers

  5. giselleisasucubus - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    What an a**hole. Lebron may have been a dink during the decision, but at least he actually made a decision. This DB doesnt know where he wants to be and he is afraid of getting questioned by the kids in his camp. Makes sense that a giant guy with a tiny head would be a complete idiot.

    • dls612 - Aug 7, 2012 at 6:52 PM

      A what? What ever a dink is, its still makes good reading. Thumbs up!

  6. itsthemelman82 - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Dwight Howard… GO AWAY!!

  7. fm31970 - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Hold L-shaped thumb and index finger up to forehead, Dwight.

  8. fmlizard - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    He has always had this good guy image because he is devoutly religious, but being religious doesn’t necessarily make one good, or vice versa.

    • gmsalpha - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:51 PM

      He also had a good guy image due to the way he dressed up like Clark Kent with the old timey news reporter hat and glasses. He played up the goofy side of his personality because it’s endearing and light-hearted, but nobody buys that schtick anymore.

    • tubal22 - Aug 8, 2012 at 9:00 AM

      Say what? Saying you’re religious and being religious are two different things. His 3 baby mamas and 5 kids (allegedly) kind of take his whole “devoutly religious” argument off the table.

  9. chargerdillon - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    I wouldn’t want to encourage a bunch of uneducated mouthbreathers in Florida either

    • bougin89 - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      Did Bozo change his wordpress username?

    • CJ - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      …says the uneducated mouthbreather boldly from his mom’s basement, presumably somewhere near San Diego.

      • heat256 - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:06 PM

        San Diego in German is known as “The Whale’s Vagina” according to Ron Burgundy. May explain why the tool known as chargerdillion lives there. It’s as close to one as he will ever get.

      • chargerdillon - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:21 PM

        Lol why dont you crybabies tell me how you really feel

        I only made the post i did for the idiots who would respond with their crocodile tears

        Fact is, Dwight could give a crap about this, somebody took his name and used it to make a few bucks off parents who have enough money to make their kid feel more special than the next.

        I can promise you most NBA players are far bigger supporters of abortion than youth camps

      • loungefly74 - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:57 PM

        charger…don’t sweat it. i guess some folks here don’t have a sense of humor…

  10. istillbelieveinblue - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    He is making the same mistake Lebron made. Professional athletes need professional representation. I have a great family. My Dad has an MBA and is a CFO for a small company. If I was a professional athlete, I would still hire professional management to handle my PR, player contracts and sponsorship deals. Although, if I pulled this kind of crap, my 60 year old father would kick my 33 year old butt. :)

  11. dls612 - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    The media created this monster!

    • afunny0 - Aug 7, 2012 at 5:25 PM

      I agree and I’m a magic fan, Dwight has not said anything in months and the Media is still finding ways to make people hate him. Plenty of players have skipped there own camp and we do not hear about them. I bet if he did not ask for a trade this would not even be a story. D12 is recovering from back surgery, and it seems like people keeps forgetting that. Why would he travel to Orlando anyways just to be surrounded by the media asking him questions about is he staying or is he not and also some of the people in Orlando don’t like him since he made it very clear he wants no part of playing for my Magic. I cant blame him at all for not goin.

      • Kurt Helin - Aug 9, 2012 at 10:08 AM

        Dwight is not talking but his agent admitted he has leaked stories and I will tell you for sure the people around Dwight are doing most of the talking. Those people rep Dwight and if they are talking he is.

  12. espndon - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    What a tool, he should feel honored that kids would want to see him still . Everyone here wants to kick him out of this state. I was a Magic fan before but have been all Miami Heat since the the beginning of this madness.
    Grow up Dwight.

  13. tonyricemajorharris - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    This guy is a P.O.S

  14. dysraw1 - Aug 7, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    the media says George W. Bush is a national hero an the public goes yeah he is a hero. the media says DH. is a goat the public goes yeah he is a goat what puppets!

    • skids003 - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      You got some of your names backwards buddy. We didn’t feel a tingle down our legs with Bush as you guys do.

      • dysraw1 - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:42 PM

        whos you guys

  15. sellahh - Aug 7, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    “seeing the athletes and listening to them talk got a message of hard work and dedication through”
    joke possibilities are endless here…

    • tubal22 - Aug 8, 2012 at 9:03 AM

      Remember, that was back when John Wooden was around doing camps. When you had Stockton and Malone missing a game every 3 or 4 years and coming to training camp ripped.

      Not the pansies we have today.

  16. chiadam - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    I went to the Ricky Davis hoops camp and learned how to get a triple double.

    • istillbelieveinblue - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:07 AM

      Wouldn’t that be Ice Cube’s basketball camp?

  17. phillyaces - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Maybe they don’t coach free throws that’s why he is missing it.

  18. marksp18 - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Big deal. Refund the money and have the kids go to another camp.
    I would not do anything in Orlando either.

    The front office of the Magic is dragging this out with the hope that they are going to get some monster package. Sure they will.

    If they would not accept Lopez and the rest of the stuff from Brooklyn before why would they do it at the trade deadline? Lopez now makes a heck of a lot more money and the Magic may not feel he is worth that amount. He probably is the way they are paying big men this off season.

    Still, they want to try and make D12 look like the bad guy. Good job. How that helps the franchise is a mystery.

    This “writer” wants to dump on D12 every chance he can get. So D12 stays out in LA. Why shouldn’t he? Does he contract state that he has to live in Orlando during the off season? His season ended when he had the surgery thus it was his off season. It is a bunch of BS. If the Magic want D12 to live in Orlando and stay there when the season is over then they should try and put that in his contract. I am sure that will go over well because they would have to put that in every player’s contract.

    Also, this “writer” who is clearly not biased (yeah right) expects D12 to go back to Orlando after he had his surgery in LA. Why wouldn’t he stay close to the doctors who performed the surgery? If the Magic wanted him to have they surgery in Orlando why didn’t they say so? Perhaps it is the advise of his doctors that he not fly until his back is better? I do not know if flying would do anything but if he is still recovering from surgery then maybe he has to stay in LA which is close to his doctors.

    It is obvious that Kurt Helin has once again, not thought his out before writing it.

    D12 is not the first athlete to miss a camp and he wont be the last. Perhaps the “writer” would check with D12 or his people to find out why he cannot go before posting this type of article.

  19. infectorman - Aug 7, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    wonder if Antonio Cromartie has a parenting camp I could attend?

  20. lmvs2012 - Aug 7, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Ur tooooo much howard!….shame on heart no nothing!…no more LOVE for howard in NBA!…overseas is the best place for howard..indeed!

  21. magicbucs - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Howard is still under contract with the magic. He has been doing this camp for years now. There is no reason he can’t show up for these kids. These are kids Dwight, kids you Coward…. Parents paid $200 for 2 days of camp in hope of their kid to share the same court as their superman. What a shame Dwight. You are no superman, just a COWARD… Kids bro… C’mon man!!!!

  22. phillyphan93 - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    The Worst!

  23. gmsalpha - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Who else thinks he’ll have a mystery illness when his new team comes to Orlando to face the Magic? I’d be shocked if he set foot in the Amway Center again.

    Dwight Coward.

  24. charlescub80 - Aug 7, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    What a turd. That is all.

  25. chicagosworth - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    This has made me actually not hate LeBron as much now. Still do but not as much as this prick.

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