Dwight Howard allowed an opposing fan to get under his skin on Wednesday night, and it may have contributed to the Houston Rockets’ loss against the Dallas Mavericks. Howard was fouled by Jose Calderon with just under three minutes remaining in the game. The ball wound up back in Dwight’s hands, and a Mavericks fan who was sitting courtside appeared to yell something at him. Howard then turned around and tossed the ball in the fan’s direction.
It was a gentle toss, but throwing the ball into the stands is an automatic technical foul. The stunt accomplished nothing aside from Howard having the ball swatted back at him by the fan, who didn’t seem sorry. The Rockets were leading 116-111 at the time of the technical. They went on to lose 123-120.
After the game, Dallas swingman Vince Carter revealed that he called Howard a “crybaby” in the second quarter when Howard was complaining to an official.
“(He complains to officials) all the time,” Carter said, via ESPNDallas.com. “He always talks about how I’m a crybaby. I was like, ‘Yo, you’re the biggest crybaby I know.’ And then later, he’s like, ‘Yo, why’d you say that to me?’ But I know Dwight. It’s all good, but he is [a crybaby].
“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?’”
Howard finished the game with a season-high 33 points, but Houston failed to pick up its fourth-straight win. Considering the Mavericks were one of the teams Howard flirted with during free agency (remember Mark Cuban’s take on the subject?), he should expect to hear it from the fans in Dallas. He has to learn to tune that stuff out completely.
Dallas Mavericks guard Vince Carter cannot fly as high as he once could. Carter was one of the most exciting players in the league earlier in his career. He could rock the rim as well as anyone in the NBA. Now, the 36-year-old is forced to rely more on his brain than his legs to come up with a big play.
During the final seconds of the first half in the Mavs’ loss to the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night, Carter appeared to fake an injury to spring himself free for a dunk. Golden State’s Harrison Barnes looked like he was keeping tabs on Carter until he noticed that Vince was wincing and grabbing his leg in the corner. Before Barnes knew it, Carter was blowing behind him for the dunk.
We have heard of players faking injuries on the football field to slow the pace of the game or stop an offensive attack, but this is a new one. When you have been playing in the NBA for 14 years, these are the tricks you sometimes need to contribute.
When you’re a 35-year-old player who has been in the league for 13 years, sometimes you have to find creative ways to keep up. Vince Carter was either attempting to do that during the Mavericks game against the Grizzlies last Saturday, or he’s just a disgusting human being. As you can see from the animation that @cjzero shared on Twitter, Carter blew his bad breath into Rudy Gay’s face and was pretty proud of it.
You have to keep up with these young guys somehow, right? No but seriously, that’s just gross.
Remember the chill bros that appeared to be sitting on the Mavericks bench during a game this week? Turns out they weren’t technically on the bench, but because they were seated between Vince Carter and Delonte West at one point, it gave the appearance that they were.
“They were cool,” Carter said. “I just didn’t have enough room to sit so I went on the other side of them. That happens sometimes. They were good dudes. That was where their seats were, so it wasn’t any big deal. But I have to admit, it looked funny when I saw the video.”
It wasn’t just funny when he saw the video, it was also funny while he was experiencing it. Just look at the smile on Vince’s face — he knew what was going on.
As we told you a few days ago, the bros are fashion designer Aaron Cohen, and his buddy Chris Smokes. This wasn’t their first time sitting courtside this season, but it was probably their first experience sitting between players. At least the players approved.