Report: Hornets players ‘were just sick and tired’ of Dwight Howard
The Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday traded Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets, per a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. And from the sound of it, the enigmatic Howard once again wore out his welcome in an NBA locker room.
According to former NBA player Brendan Haywood, Hornets players simply got “sick and tired” of Howard’s antics, per a tweet from Sports Illustrated’s Howard Beck.
"The (Hornets) locker room did not like Dwight Howard," @bwood_33 says on @SiriusXMNBA "Guys were just sick and tired of his act."
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) June 20, 2018
As noted, Howard has a long history of alienating teammates with his “act,” as Haywood put it. After all, Atlanta Hawks players were “screaming with jubilation” when word came down in June of 2017 that Howard was heading to Charlotte.
Before Howard’s abbreviated stop in his hometown of Atlanta, rumors of animosity between himself and James Harden percolated during his tenure with the Houston Rockets, despite both parties suggesting otherwise after the fact.
In return for Howard, the Hornets received Timofey Mozgov and the 40th and 45th selections in Thursday’s 2018 NBA Draft. While the Nets received a player that put up 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds in a renaissance campaign last season, the team also are bringing in a once-dominant player that later in his career sooner or later turns into a toxic locker room presence.