Wall on Howard: 'He's locked in and focused'

Brian Tinsman
July 10, 2018 - 10:24 pm
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Stop me if you've heard this before: Dwight Howard is ready to prove the critics wrong and rebuild his image in (insert city)

The muscle-bound former All-Star and potential future Hall of Famer is one of the newest members of the Washington Wizards, and has fans salivating over the player he used to be.

That excitement doesn't necessarily translate to his teammates, with whom his reputation of being a locker room hazard hits much closer to home.

John Wall is giving him the benefit of the doubt after his first conversation with the big man, according to his interview with NBA.com.

"I just feel like he's just that's trying to recreate his career," Wall said. "He's trying to change all the negative stuff people say about him.

"We know he likes to have fun, we know he likes to joke around and do those type of things. I think he's kind of locked-in and focused [now]."

It's easy to be locked in during the offseason before any of the real work begins. Statistically, Howard has always been rather locked in, averaging 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds for the Hornets last season.

What happens on the court has never been in question. It sounds like Wall and Co. might be willing to meet Howard in the middle for any off-the-court issues.

"All we can do as teammates and a coaching staff and as an organization is try to make it comfortable for him and make him he's welcome, at home, and tell him the things we need him to do for our team to make us get better," Wall said. "He has to buy into that and not try to say it's all about him or try and do this for himself. You do this for the whole team and I think we'll be fine."

 

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