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Are The Hornets Throwing Shade At Dwight Howard?

So maybe things haven’t quite worked out in Charlotte the way they had hoped this season and Dwight Howard, the $23.5 million man they acquired in the summer to shore up the middle, hasn’t made any noticeable difference to winning more games. So as the season winds down to its inevitable conclusion, have the Hornets starting throwing shade in his direction?

As politely as head coach Steve Clifford could say it, getting 16 points and 12 rebounds from Howard this season hasn’t made a difference and, you know, the NBA is full of players that put up stats that don’t mean much on losing teams.

“So much of numbers is going to be, you are going to be evaluated first and foremost by your impact on winning,” Clifford said.

By the way, the 28-36 Hornets are in 10th place in the East, 5.5 games out of eighth place with only 18 games left in the season. Miami would have to implode to give the Hornets a remote shot at making the playoffs as a sub-.500 team at this point. It’s all over but the crying.

“The nature of this game is this is that you have to try and play in a way that is good for you and your team is successful. Whether that’s fair or not, that’s the way it starts and that’s the way basketball should work. It always has and it always will.

“The NBA is made of a number of guys that put up good numbers and your not going to win because of the nature of how they play.

“I think that he has played well, but obviously we’ve been inconsistent.”

It wouldn’t be fair to lay all the blame for a poor season in Charlotte at the feet of Howard and his coach doesn’t do that, unfortunately for this 32-year-old eight time All-Star, his good personal numbers haven’t made a difference to team that was 36-46 last year. They are on track to hit that same disappointing mark all over again and Howard is under contract at $23.8 million next season.



Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

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