Before you watch Dwight Howard’s exceedingly descriptive reaction to a foul call last night in Detroit, here’s what he wrote on his blog about the game:
I was on the floor for 16 minutes and fouled out!!! Let me say that again: 17 minutes and six fouls!!! How can that be, ya’ll? It was crazy. They called me for a charge on a flop, a push off when the defender was on me and two fouls on blocked shots.Man, 16 minutes is a lifetime low for me I think. I haven’t played that little in a game since I was 10 years old in pee-wee ball. It was crazy from the start of the game all the way to when I fouled out with about 4 minutes to play.
What really bothers me is they are letting guys hammer me at one end of the floor, yet I’m being called for everything. All of those hits take a toll on my body after a while.
You wonder if the league will have something to say to Howard about those blog comments. Especially taken in the context of his on-court display last night on live TV.
There’s shouldn’t be any formal disicipline from the NBA though. Howard didn’t name officials or dispute specific calls. He just vented his frustration to fans by presenting an empirical argument. How can the league argue with that?
And like you, I’m loving Howard’s candor. Fascinating stuff.
Definitely want the headphones on for this one. No matter where you are. Video after the jump.
You’ll be shocked to find out that the refs didn’t force the Magic to shoot 35 3-point shots last night. Guess Howard will have to work that into his next post.