His back shouldn't affect his attitude. and effort. There is something wrong with this guy.
That's pretty simplistic.
If his back is preventing his effectiveness, then that will frustrate him. What may appear to be a lack of effort, may actually be reduced/limited athleticism.
As far as attitude goes, a lot of that goes back to maturity. But lots of coddled NBA superstars have maturity issues. The Lakers have a guy wearing #24 who has had issues with this throughout most of his career, and was on the cusp of being traded away at least one time.
Another thing affecting his attitude, though, is the losing. The losing is partly on him, but not completely. He's just one (very important) piece of the puzzle. Lot's of guys are frustrated, and it's understandable, they just handle it differently.
I would be much more upset at Dwight right now if he just didn't care. Clearly, that is not the case. The problem is that he needs to get focused on what he can do to fix things (some of that is improving health, which takes time) and not go on around showing stat sheets to anyone who will pay attention. We watched the game. We know what happened. The problem wasn't that Dwight didn't get the ball.
One of the biggest problems to solving all this, though, is that the play-offs are almost completely outside of the realm of possibility. (I finally resigned us to missing them after the last Denver loss, and things have not improved since then to change my mind.)
So, even if we do play better, if it's not enough to get us into the play-offs, then the overarching theme will continue to be that the team underachieved and what needs to be done to fix the problem. Accordingly, this issue with Dwight will hange over our heads right up until at least the middle of July.
Edited by UKUGA, January 23, 2013 - 01:58 PM.