Michael Jordan’s advice to newly-acquired Dwight Howard: ‘Play determined’
Dwight Howard may no longer be the athletic specimen he once was, but NBA legend and Charlotte Hornets’ owner Michael Jordan believes he could still be effective in today’s fast-paced league.
The Hornets acquired the services of the eight-time NBA All-Star this off-season, in hopes of rekindling his earlier dominance, where he averaged around 20 points and 14 rebounds per contest.
Although injuries have been a major concern for the 31-year-old center for the past seasons, Jordan believes that Howard’s struggles could also be attributed to his attitude and demeanor on the court.
“Why are you so pissed off?” Jordan asked his new prized center in a phone call this off season, according to Sports Illustrated.
“When you’re pissed, you’re out of control, and you’re not focusing on your shots or your free throws or the right type of defense… Why play pissed when you can play determined?” the six-time NBA champion added.
Since leaving the Magic in the 2012-2013 NBA season, Howard has regressed statistically and has struggled to develop new skills that will fit in the league’s new uptempo style.
He has also been unable to find a steady home ever since, as Charlotte will be his fourth team in six seasons—with brief stops with the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks. Khristian Ibarrola/JB
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