Hi, sports fans! It’s time for another edition of The Bouncing Ball. With “Snowicane” Nemo coming, I hope you’re all safe, warm and well. On to the show.
- First of all, I’m not even a big Dwight Howard fan. I think his handling of the situation in Orlando was akin to LeBron’s handling of “The Decsion”…only he, unlike LeBron, was a league veteran at that point! Nevertheless, I’m with him when he says: “I mean, why wouldn’t I want to play? But, at the same time, this is my career, this is my future, this is my life. I can’t leave that up to anybody else because nobody else is going to take care of me…If I go down, then what? Everybody’s life is going to go on.” He’s exactly right. I have no problem with playing through pain, but hassling a big man whose game is predicated on power and banging, to play through a back that reportedly had him barely able to walk last off season–and a torn shoulder labrum, when his job is to slam-bang around and rebound with the league’s biggest–is silly. Just because Kobe’s competitiveness borders on insanity doesn’t mean everyone’s has to. And I do share the general opinion that Howard needs to get mentally tougher…but this is not the time. If anything, I think he’s exhibiting mental toughness in his response to the current unfair criticism. READ MORE