Kevin Garnett once famously said to Dwight Howard, "Paint your face, clown!"
Although I am no Garnett fan, I think this hilarious snippet of trash talk was well deserved and 100 percent on point regarding the Rockets center.
Dwight Howard has long been renowned for his sophomoric behavior on and off the court. Whether its donning Superman's cape on the hardwood, or collecting baby-mamas like a nerd collects comic books, Dwight has certainly gone a long way towards repairing his reputation.
His most recent pearl of wisdom comes from an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, where Dwight expressed disappointment over the fact that the Orlando Magic approved Tobias Harris' request to wear a number 12 after the Magic acquired him in trade.
"I just think that despite whatever happened, there was a lot of things that I did and that we did as a team, and that number was special down there," said Howard. "And I was a little bit upset about that."
It gets better people.
“Despite how things ended, we had eight or seven great years. We went to The Finals. A lot of those banners that are in the arena happened when I was there. I was a major part of that. A lot of the records that are there, I put them there.
“I hate talking about myself, but I feel like I’ve done a lot, not just for the team but the city and the arena itself and the businesses that were around. There’s a lot of things that happened that didn’t happen before I got there. Our team, we did an excellent job at putting all that stuff together, especially in the community. I was deeply embedded in the community and I feel like one day it should [be retired].
“But with all that happened, I can’t control that. All I’ve got to do is win. And, hopefully, when I’m done playing here, I’ll have my jersey retired here.”
Tobias actually wanted the number 12 to pay homage to a close friend who had died of leukemia at 17-years old.
Although Howard may not have known the reasoning behind Tobias wanting the number, I highly doubt it would have made any difference to Dwight.
The article also quotes Dwight speaking of himself in the third person, alludes to Dwight having regrets about how the situation played out in Orlando and then just a few sentences later quotes Dwight directly saying the following:
"But I have no regrets. I'm happy everything happened the way it happened. Even though I got hurt in the process and I had to go through a tough time, it made me a better person. I'm more mature now. I know how to handle situations different than I did back then."
Maybe it's just me, but I have yet to see any evidence that this man-child has grown up in any way, shape or form since entering the NBA many years ago.
Who knows if the Magic will ever retire his jersey but one thing is for sure, Howard just needs to stop talking.
What say you San Antonio Spurs fans? Have you noticed this supposed maturity D-12 is claiming to now have?