You know the drill, player says something he shouldn’t have, then a couple of days later, he says that he was misquoted or his message was taken out of context.
I think what Dwight was trying to say, was that he wasn’t playing with any superstars, but in classic Dwight fashion he put his foot in his mouth, now he is trying to clean it up.
“My statement was just to say that our team that I played with in Orlando, we were the underdogs,” Howard said after the Lakers’ 108-102 win over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night. “Nobody really talked about our team. It was underrated. Everybody overlooked us for the whole time I was there in Orlando and I hated that. We all hated that. We thrived off that. My comments were never to say anything disrespectful to those guys. Those were my teammates for years. They helped me become the player that I am today and we all got to the Finals because of that.
“I would never say anything disrespectful to those guys and I think a lot of people took that and ran with it, twisted it into a negative thing. I love those guys. We’ve had some great memories and we thrived off people saying that we weren’t going to make it to the Finals, we weren’t going to be a good team. That’s what pushed us.”
“It was never intended to disrespect or downgrade any of those guys,” he said. “I would always tell them I wouldn’t trade them for the world. That’s how I viewed it. For the most part, those guys know that. They know who I am and they probably just heard something and people twisted it and turned it in different ways. I’m not that kind of guy. I would never disrespect those guys. It just kind of got blown out of proportion.”
One of the points that Jameer Nelson made when speaking about this was that Dwight never takes responsibilities for his actions or words and this just another classic example.