Sums up who he is pretty perfectly... why him and Kobe constantly butted heads, and why he was never cut out to be a Laker anyway.
The minute someone utters the words "I don't need a ring to be considered a winner" and "not having a ring won't define who Dwight Howard is" those are the words of a loser, I'm sorry to say.
he is entitled to his opinion and what he thinks a winner is.
But to me if you just signed this guy as your FRANCHISE player, the guy that along with Harden is supposed to get you to the promise land and he SITS THERE and says that winning a ring doesn't matter in the grand scheme of how he considers his career..... then you're screwed. Bottom line.
Ice Cube said it best, his jersey didn't deserve to hang up in those rafters, and I think deep down inside, he knew that too. He knew he'd never live up to the names in the rafters, he knew he would never TAKE this team from Kobe and that if Carmelo or LeBron came in 2014 that he'd never take the team from them either.
He knew if the Rockets went after Rondo and got rid of Lin that he wouldn't be able to take the Rockets from Rondo and Rondo demands to win.
He doesn't want ANY teammate that demands winning, or ANY teammate who is a better "leader" than he is.
He wants to be the franchise player, be considered the leader of a franchise, and get all the notoriety and fame that comes with it...without "has to win a championship" at the end of it, cause at the end of the day he doesn't care whether he wins a championship or not because he's already content with where he is and if you are bringing this guy in as your franchise player for fans that expect a ring especially with the expectations, and you crapped away all your CBA cap space to sign him.. you realize after that statement...that you just made a big BIG mistake.
So winning a ring means nothing? Right that's why you unfollowed Real Deal on twitter when he told you that you'd never win one.
You're not a "winner" and never will be. You may have lead a team to the finals and have so much freaking potential but it seems that's where you wanted to stop at and that's why you'll never win one.
You may want to win from a competitive standpoint.. but at the end of the day it's not the be all and end all for him so he'll never have that "extra gear" to dig deep when the going gets tough.
That's why you'll never be a franchise player that will lead your team to a championship, he has franchise talent, but not franchise mentality and it doesn't seem like that is gonna change.
Edited by Majesty, July 15, 2013 - 03:46 PM.