Every famous athlete has his naysayers, it just comes with the territory. You just cannot please all the people all of the time. Dwight Howard is no exception, but Dwight takes it to another level. He has an exceptional knack for generating strong feelings of dislike. In fact, he may be the most un-liked NBA star of all time. Though he has been a superstar playing for the Magic, Lakers and Rockets in his career, he has done so in the midst of a constant barrage of harsh words and iron feelings.
He has a history of leaving clubs unceremoniously; without concern for those whose toes he steps on as he walks out the door. Some say he doesn’t work to improve his game, others say he complains too much. He has been harassed for missing to many free-throws, committing dumb fouls, and getting too many technicals. Some NBA greats point to a lack of offensive production, claiming he has no offensive game. Yet Dwight continues to be his charismatic, happy go lucky, goofball self with his boyish good looks and a $25 million smile. Why exactly do so many people hate Dwight Howard? In the following paragraphs we will see the top 15 people who dislike Dwight Howard, and see if we can get to the bottom of the “why?".
15 15. Tim Duncan
14 14. Kevin Garnett
13 13. Austin Rivers
12 12. Shaquille O’Neal
11 11. Hakeem Olajuwon
“The Dream” shimmied and shook his Rockets to two titles in the 90s. He truly is a legend. Dwight had the opportunity of a lifetime to work with Hakeem on Howard’s offensive repertoire when first joining the Rockets. They spent hours together, Hakeem teaching and showing him some of his “shakes and bakes.” Following that time together, Hakeem has been very disappointed in seeing so little of it translate into Dwight’s game. He has been very unimpressed with his progress and sees him missing too many opportunities. It’s like he didn’t really value what was offered to him, and was too arrogant to change anything.
10 10. Kareem Abdul Jabbar
9 9. Kevin Durant
8 8. Stan Van Gundy
Stan Van Gundy was Dwight’s coach in Orlando. After five successful seasons as their coach and leading them to the 2009 NBA finals, the Magic fired Van Gundy in 2012. The reason was Dwight Howard, the superstar center for the Magic at the time, called for him to be fired. The Magic’s management did not want to lose Howard who would become a free agent that year, so they acquiesced. Ironically, they lost Howard anyway. He has all the reason in the world to have hard feelings towards Howard.
7 7. Kobe Bryant
From the year in Laker history that could have been something special but turned out to be an absolute disaster. With Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, and Kobe all on the same team, it certainly should have translated to a championship. However, personality clashes between Dwight and Kobe were a huge problem. Dwight wanted Kobe to be traded – as if the Lakers would choose Howard over Bryant.
Recently, while playing Howard’s Rockets Kobe contested a rebound and got upset about Howard’s elbow throw. Kobe and Howard went back and forth with a war of words, Kobe calling him “soft”. They have never liked each other, and probably never will.
6 6. Gary Payton
The former star point guard, nicknamed “The Glove” has been vocal about Dwight Howard. After Kevin Durant’s open disdain of Howard, Payton went on record on Fox Sports Live to say that he agreed with him. He said that he thought Howard was disliked by a lot of players. “All the smiles and all the antics are getting on people’s nerves... Kevin Durant goes after people who are fake with stuff... If Kevin Durant goes after a guy like that it means this is really becoming a problem with players.”
5 5. Jameer Nelson
4 4. J.J. Redick
3 3. Royce Reed
2 2. Tiffany Render
1 1. The other six baby mamas
Yep you read that right. Dwight Howard has at least eight total children with eight different women. Now imagine if all eight of them got the same kind of child support as Tiffany Render. Dwight, I think you need start being more careful around your lady friends. You won’t have any money left by the time your career is over.
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