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Dwight Howard Knows He’s The Biggest Villain In the NBA

Dwight Howard has certainly gone through some scrutiny these past two seasons, after causing what was called a “Dwightmare” in the 2011-12 season than joining the Lakers and than leaving the Lakers all while pissing fans and the media off in the process. His image has taken a hit and he has been labelled a lot by fans from a “crybaby” to a “sell out” a “loser”, Dwight has gone through it.  But Howard is using at motivation to have the best season of his career.

His inspiration is LeBron James who went through some serious heat after making the “Decision” in 2010 James became enemy number one in the NBA, but he turned it around by playing the best basketball of his career and winning two MVP’s and a two NBA titles these past two years. James has cemented himself as one of the greatest of all-time and Dwight Howard hopes to silence his haters this season the same way James did.

As per Yahoo Sports:

“Last year, I felt like I was the villain,” Howard told Yahoo Sports. “Now, I feel like I’m an even bigger villain.””He got hated for a lot of reasons,” Howard told Yahoo. “I was really, really happy when LeBron finally won. I was unhappy that it wasn’t me up there, but I was glad to see him get through that whole thing.

“I knew exactly how he felt. People putting you down, saying bad things about your character, who you are as a person. It doesn’t sit well with you. When you go out on the court, you want to show them, ‘Hey, this isn’t who I am.’

“Here’s a guy who’s a great basketball player. He did something that was for him, and he did it in front of the whole world. I realized then that our issues, our problems, our flaws are out there for the world to see. You can’t run from it. We have to learn from our mistakes and move forward.”

“Me and LeBron, especially dealt with that,” Howard told Yahoo. “Chris [Paul] didn’t get as much as attention as me and LeBron. Every day, people want to know where we’re going. Last year, the year before, it was every day: ‘Come play here. Come here. Where are you going?’ I dealt with that for a whole season.

“Especially in Orlando, I really wanted to test the waters, but I loved the city. I didn’t want to hurt people. You’re stuck in this place where you want to do what’s best for you, but, at that same time, you don’t want to hurt people.

“I just remember LeBron being up at the stage, and saying he was going to Miami, and I just remember the look on his face … ‘I don’t want to hurt these people but I’ve got to do this.’ I felt for him. I could just see it in his eyes and his face. And then I started thinking, ‘You don’t know what it feels like until you go through it.’ ”

 

 

It will be interesting to see how Howard comes out this season, he has the team, he has the contract and the entire world will be watching him. He has an opportunity to silence the haters and he says he will go from villain to champion, it would be a great moment if he did.

 

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