Dwight Howard & Shaquille O'Neal trade barbs

Former Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal and current Lakers center Dwight Howard exchanged barbs in the media.

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Phil Jackson weighs in on Howard-O'Neal feud

Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson didn't necessarily choose sides in the Shaquille O'Neal-Dwight Howard war of words, but he did inherently imply that some of the things O'Neal said may have been misguided.

He told ESPN 1000's "Waddle and Silvy Show", "Dwight is a guy that has that amazing athletic ability," he told the Chicago-based station, "but the overall game -- rebounding, defending, blocking shots, running the court -- this is a guy that runs with the wolves, so to speak. He can get up and down that court as quick as any of the guards and forwards because of his athletic ability."

O'Neal earlier said that Howard was not as offensively polished as centers Brook Lopez or Andrew Bynum, which Howard took offense to and fired back with some choice words of his own. Jackson went on to talk about the offensive improvement that Howard has made since coming into the league.

Jackson and O'Neal have maintained a close relationship off the court following their time together as player and coach from 1999-2004. The pair won three consecutive NBA titles with the Lakers from 2000-2002.


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Dwight Howard: 'I can't please everybody'

In a piece by Dan Devine of Ball Don't Lie, he delves into the psychology of Dwight Howard's recent 'Sunday Conversation' interview with ESPN's Ric Bucher. The Los Angeles Lakers big man goes into what led to his constant flip-flopping during his time with the Orlando Magic.

Simply: "I wanted everybody to love me."

After seeing what happened to fellow superstar, LeBron James, following his exit from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Howard feared being subjected to the same level of animosity and hatred James endured as soon as 'The Decision' was made. Howard didn't want the same to happen to him. But in his own way, he created a different type of hatred. At least James was a free agent. Howard tried to get away twice while still under contract with the Magic.

"And it was a tug of war between my feelings and the fans and everybody else and their feelings and what happened to LeBron. And I saw him - everybody hated him for leaving Cleveland and what he did," Howard said. "I never wanted anybody to hate me, you know. I wanted everybody to love me, you know, like me, for sticking around and doing what they wanted me to do. And making everybody else happy. And that was a valuable lesson for me, you know.

"I can't make everybody happy."

Howard is now a Laker, and as Devine shows, there's a lot that goes into this story. Howard didn't want anyone not to like him and somehow did much worse. And now he's playing with a team hated everywhere but in their hometown.

Talk about Howard and the Lakers by heading on over to Silver Screen and Roll.


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