Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard is upset with his diminished role in the fourth quarter of games.Howard told FOX Sports he wants more touches in crunch time, after he had only six possessions in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 99-94 win over the Milwaukee Bucks – one coming off an offensive rebound. He scored 11 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the victory.”I do want the ball more in the fourth quarter,” Howard told FOX Sports after the game.”I want to become a closer. The only way you get there is by getting the ball and have coach have the confidence in giving me the ball.”
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Dwight Howard must shut up and play.
Howard hasn’t handled his pending free agency well, too often commenting on his status with the Orlando Magic to the media.
The end result: Howard, who was once one of the NBA’s most popular players, has taken criticism because his future has become a distraction for the Magic.
After a win against the Milwaukee Bucks, he gripped about not being the club’s closer during crunch time. Well, closers have to make free throws, and Howard is connecting on just 49% of attempts from the line.
So Magic coach Stan Van Gundy should continue running fourth quarter sets through Jason Richardson, Jameer Nelson, and others.
Howard must check his ego, shut up, and play.
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