Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard isn’t necessarily the most popular player in Dallas. He spurned the Mavericks to play for their in-state rivals. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban called it a mistake and said “Plan B is sometimes better than Plan A.”
“Obviously, he made a mistake in judgment,” Cuban told Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas. “Do I blame him? No, that’s what young kids do. They make mistakes in judgment.”
MacMahon also relayed a story from the second quarter of the Mavericks game against the Rockets. Howard was pleading his case to the referee when Vince Carter interrupted to tell Howard he was “the biggest crybaby I know.” The two are familiar with one another, they were teammates briefly in Orlando.
“All the time,” Carter said. “He always talks about how I’m a crybaby. I was like, ‘Yo, you’re the biggest crybaby I know.’ And then later, he’s like, ‘Yo, why’d you say that to me?’ But I know Dwight. It’s all good, but he is [a crybaby].
“I mean, he takes a lot of punishment, but I’m like, ‘Yo, c’mon Dwight, c’mon. You elbowed, you’re sitting in the paint the entire time. What are you whining about?’ He told me to stop crying. I was like, ‘What? Are you serious?’”