With friends like this, who needs enemies?
Mavericks' Vince Carter and Rockets' Dwight Howard may be buddies (as Carter puts it) but if calling out your buddy as a "crybaby" then maybe that's not a friend.
Carter, who spent a little more than a season in Orlando with Howard, said after the Mavericks’ 123-120 win over the Rockets that they’re buddies, but that Howard is still “the biggest crybaby I know.”
“I mean, he takes a lot of punishment, but I’m like, ‘Yo, c’mon Dwight, c’mon. You elbowed, you’re sitting in the paint the entire time. What are you whining about?’ He told me to stop crying. I was like, ‘What? Are you serious?’”
But the comment brings up a question that has been associated with all great big men that dwarfed opposing players.
Shaquille O’Neal, Wilt Chamberlain and Howard are players whose size and strength advantage allows them to power their way through fouls with the slightest hesitation on the offensive end.
While on the defensive, they are required to play a less physical game than they would like because opposing players inability to hold their ground. This inability leads to ticky-tack fouls being called against them.
So when these players start sharing their frustrations about not having the game not being called the same way on both ends, they get labeled as being “crybabies” because they can’t handle the physical play.
But it is easy to say that when you are not on the other side, would these players, media and fans simply accept the bad calls and not say anything at all?
Well San Antonio Spurs fans, do you see Howard as another whining superstar or a person standing up for his right to have the game be called the same on both ends of the floor?