They were both selected first-overall by the Orlando Magic, they both might as well be little kids stuck in ginormous bodies, and they both screwed Orlando for the Los Angeles Lakers. So, yeah, they have quite a bit in common. Whether Shaq likes it or not.
“He’s too nice,” O’Neal said Tuesday on “The Max and Marcellus Show” on ESPNLA 710. “I’m a connoisseur of giggling and playing and all that and making you laugh and playing with the fans, but when I cross that line, I’m ready to tear your face off. I don’t care who it is. You could put one of my aunts or uncles out there, and I’m going to give him these elbows in their chest and I’m going to throw it down in their face. That’s what you have to do. … He’s just too nice. If I was him, I would get into the same mood I was in.”
… “He should have known all of this when he signed with L.A. He should have known what he was getting into. My advice to him is to look pressure in the face and give it the one-two combination and knock it out.”
Insightful as always, Shaq. But if you think Howard is all that nice, you might want to give Jameer Nelson and company a call. They might feel differently. Because aside from Lebron James, David Stern and Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard could easily be considered the NBA’s biggest villain.
And while some might feel the Howard’s indecisiveness is a result of being “too nice”. I find it’s just as easy to argue that it’s because he’s selfish and craves the attention.
In other words, Howard’s problem isn’t that he’s too nice. He just doesn’t know when to shut up and let his game do the talking.