Magic's Jameer Nelson fires back at Dwight Howard
Longtime Magic point guard Jameer Nelson criticized former teammate Dwight Howard's professionalism, saying he needs to “take ownership” of the things he says publicly about his former team. Howard told KCAL-TV in L.A. recently that “my team in Orlando was a team full of people who nobody wanted, and I was the leader and I led that team with a smile on my face.” “At some point, when are you [Dwight] gonna as a man, when are you going to take ownership and stay out of the media in a professional manner?” Nelson told the Sentinel after Wednesday’s shooatround in Miami. “I would be less of a man to comment on certain things that people comment on about me and my teammates. We had a great run as a group, as core guys, and he was a part of it (reaching the 2009 Finals) and for him to say things about anybody in a negative manner, that’s up to him. “That’s his opinion. If that’s how he feels, that’s how he feels.” Nelson and Howard were close, drafted together in the first round in 2004. But their relationship eroded after Howard said that he would love to play with some of the league’s elite point guards, such as Chris Paul. Former Magic General Manager Otis Smith said that Howard “threw Jameer under the bus.” Howard and the Lakers face the Magic on Tuesday in Howard’s first appearance in Orlando since his trade.
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