Dwight Howard: You are NOT Voted to the All-Star Team
There was a time when people were naive enough to compare Dwight Howard to the next Shaquille O’neal. Now, they compare his mental toughness to Shaunie O’neal and he is the superstar that doesn’t seem to have the discipline to win championships.
That lack of discipline showed itself in ugly form this week, as it was announced that Howard is not going to be voted into the All-Star team for this year. This has to be a huge blow to his ego, since Howard was once considered clearly one of the best players in the NBA. But people don’t seem to be able to figure out whether Howard really wants to be great or if he just wants to be another Tracy McGrady.
What do you think? Was Howard the victim of a serious snub or a guy who simply got what he deserved? This has to be a huge blow to his ego.
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It can’t really be called a snub, because he will no doubt earn a spot when the league announces the reserves, but for the first time since 2007, center Dwight Howard was not voted an All-Star starter by the fans.
Howard was beaten out for a Western Conference starting role by a late push from Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, who trailed Howard by 26,000 votes after the third returns of fan balloting. Love wound up edging Howard by just 8,000 votes.
Howard has long been popular with fans, but after a disastrous departure from Orlando and a miserable season with the Lakers, that goodwill has eroded. The NBA also changed its balloting procedures before last season, allowing three forwards to be chosen, instead of two forwards and a center. That hurt Howard’s chances. He led the NBA in All-Star fan votes in 2009 (topping 3 million voted) and 2012, but received just 653,000 votes this year.
Love joins a frontcourt of Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant, who, along with
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