NBA Obsessed takes you into the hit and run game of NBA Basketball.
Why is it that nobody is talking up the Orlando Magic for the NBA Title? Weren’t they just in the Finals last year? Isn’t Dwight Howard one of the most dominant centers in the game today? Are we really so naive as to believe that Hedo Turkoglu was the player that made the difference for the Magic?
Dwight Howard is content to have fans everywhere writing off the Magic. He uses it for fuel to feed the fire burning inside of him and also burning inside his teammates.
As most great players do, Howard uses the negative commentary surrounding his team as motivation to work harder and continue to improve. Equally, he tries not to pay much attention to the positive press, as it can have the opposite effect.
“I don’t really listen to the praise too much, but I do pay attention to the bad stuff that’s being said. I think it’s funny, and I use it as motivation to get better and play harder. I try to stay away from it, though, as much as possible. I understand that I’m not at the level where I want to be yet, but I’m getting there. I know the only way I’m going to get there is if I stay humble, keep myself on an even keel, and understand that I still have a lot of work to do.”
What a luxury for the Orlando Magic to have a player of Dwight Howard’s build and talent and he still believes that he is an unfinished product, that there is so much more that he can do and become as a player.
Other than Yao or Shaq, most teams have to put a double team on Dwight Howard thus leaving them vulnerable to the 3 pointer. With the addition of Vince Carter it becomes even harder to defend the Magic with his capability to heat up and score from all over the court. How can you spare a player to double team Dwight Howard with Vince Carter on the loose? The answer is you can’t.
Look out Cleveland, Boston, L.A., and others, Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic are coming for you!
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