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Dwight Howard, Elmo talk strategy on Sesame Street (VIDEO)

Nov 18, 2013, 7:16 PM EDT

Dwight Howard knows what “strategy” means.

Let me use it in a sentence: Dwight Howard should have had a better strategy for how to get traded out of Orlando. Or, Dwight Howard should have had a strategy of getting healthy before coming back to the Lakers last season.

Anyway, Howard is making an appearance on Sesame Street this Thursday for the word of the day. Which is “strategy.”

A few of you in the comments will go after Howard with the “he should be more serious about his game and not be playing with Elmo” stuff, but it doesn’t bother me that he wants to do things and have interests outside the court. As with all things in American sports this gets viewed through the warped prism of titles — if he wins them we love he’s having fun and doing this kind of thing, if he doesn’t he’s not focused enough. It’s a rather ridiculous way to look at life and sports, but it the American way lately. Sadly.

  1. wsuperman4445 - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Okay you Got the Clown and the Tiger its already starting to look like a circus!

  2. 22yearsagotoday - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    He’s bigger than Big Bird but not as smart. And Big Bird has made a tremendous amount of jing, what with a 40 year recurring role on a nationally syndicated tv show. Big Bird might just run for President he’s so rich!

    • 22yearsagotoday - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      All kidding aside: give Howard credit for going on an educational show for kids. Thanks for the info, Kurt. Sports and education are not mutually exclusive.

  3. Anoesis - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    The take on titles isn’t warped if you actually expect a player to at least pretend to care about winning them. Laughing, joking, and clowning around after a loss tends to give people the impression you aren’t serious about your profession.

    Folks also tend to view you negatively when you misrepresent yourself and make claims you know aren’t true. Expecting someone to take their job seriously when they are being paid an exorbitant amount of money to do that job is hardly looking at it through a prism.

    Good for Howard for having interests outside of basketball as well as being involved in something that benefits children. He deserves praise for that, but it is entirely separate from his day job.

    I don’t have small children so it is very unlikely I would have known anything about this appearance unless it was brought up on a sports site I frequent. Therefore I find the manufactured association of Howard’s career and his appearance on a kid’s show rather thin. But that’s the state of journalism in America today.

  4. eugenesaxe1 - Nov 18, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    There’s nothing wrong with a guy being on Sesame Street, but they could’ve gotten someone better. howard doesn’t play well with others.

  5. 32magicman - Nov 18, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Right where he belongs…….. Because he is a muppet!! I hope they dont ask him to count to ten

  6. jgray30 - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:11 AM

    Maybe Elmo can teach him some post moves.

  7. belleby123 - Nov 19, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Which one of the Sesame Street staff was fired afterwards?

  8. pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Which one’s Elmo? Both are childish animals.

  9. ackeemflores - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Elmo should have said “Hack-A-Dwight is a STRAAATEGY HAHA (Elmo Voice)!”

  10. 7invictus7 - Nov 19, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Damn. Smh let his nuts breathe how childish you guys look being thirsty just to bad talk him- I’m neither a rocket or Howard fan- but Jeeze. -.-

  11. jgray30 - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:25 AM

    E.A.D.

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