Dwight Howard gets grilled again: “Kobe Bryant or James Harden”

It’s fair to say that Dwight Howard has nobody to blame but himself for the beating he takes these days in interviews. The new starting center of the Atlanta Hawks has been grilled in live interviews via Charles Barkley, and most recently, Dan Patrick.

And again, to be fair, DH12 has one person to blame: himself.

However, the dude is clearly trying his best to put his past behind him and show the NBA world that he’s a changed man. His handling of the Barkley beatdown on national television was impeccable considering he was answering insulting and humiliating questions without copping out or losing his cool.

The interview grilling of Howard would only be perpetuated by Dan Patrick on Friday. That’s because DP was persistent in asking Dwight the loaded question of “who was tougher to play with James Harden or Kobe Bryant.”

New Atlanta Hawks big man Dwight Howard discussed his recent past in Los Angeles and Houston. Here is his discussion with Dan:

DP:Tougher to play with James Harden or Kobe Bryant?
DH:Both of those guys are great competitors. I just think the timing was off for all of us. You know we were all on different paths in our career. Kobe was at the tail end and James is on the rise. You know it was just two different types of teams.  But I think that timing is important. And playing with the Hawks is the right time for me because I’m in a different space physically, mentally, and spiritually. And the Hawks two years ago we’re in a different position than they are now – especially with the new management. So I thinks it’s the perfect time to be home.

DP:Oh that’s a veteran answer there. C’mon answer it. Who’s tougher to play with Harden or Kobe?
DH:Well I can’t really say man. I don’t want to stir up anything. I think both of those guys are great players. And you know despite what people say me and Kobe didn’t have one of those bad relationships. Like I said, we were in two different parts of our career. And I think a lot of the things that were going on [were] hyped up and people thought it was more than what it really was. Personally I can never hate any player or hate on any player. You know all of us are blessed to be able to play in the NBA. It’s not easy to make it here, it’s not easy to stay here you know. So I’d never want to hate on anybody else who made it. I’m proud of anyone who made it to the NBA.
DP: How about I answer it for you Dwight? I’d say that Kobe’s personality was tougher to play with  and James game was harder to play with. How about that?
DH: (Laughs) Ah I mean everybody is going to have their opinions.
DP: You can just nod your head. Nobody will see it. You can just nod your head and I’ll know that’s the correct answer.
Howard has screwed up during his career, but compared to what so many other NBA players have done it’s really kind of insane how the media, fans and even players treat Dwight. Sure, he’s rubbed people the wrong way and even tried to get his coach fired, but is Howard really the first star player to get his coach canned?
Give the dude a break. He’s taken his lumps over the years and is showing and doing all of the right things. Instead of constantly grilling the guy with dumb questions that you know will be followed with a safe, cliché answer, why not ask the dude what he’s doing to improve his game?
I guess that doesn’t bring in the clicks, though.