Posted April 29, 2013

Lakers’ Dwight Howard ejected from final loss of ‘nightmare’ season

2013 NBA playoffs, Ben Golliver, Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers, Mitch Kupchak, San Antonio Spurs

The Lakers were swept out of the playoffs by the Spurs on Sunday, and Dwight Howard didn’t bother to stick around for the end.

“It’s like a nightmare, like a bad dream,” Howard said of the Lakers’ 2012-13 season. “We couldn’t wake up out of it.”

San Antonio defeated L.A. 103-82 to complete the Western Conference first-round series sweep, but Howard was already in the locker room, ejected shortly after halftime after drawing two technical fouls for disputes with the officials. The Lakers played Game 4 without Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Metta World Peace, Steve Blake and Jodie Meeks due to a variety of injuries.

As Howard exited the court, he turned around and offered some words in the direction of Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, although he told reporters afterward he didn’t remember what he did.

“Just frustration, there’s nothing we can do about it,” he said. “It’s over with now. I’ve got to do a better job keeping my cool. It’s very tough when you’re out there playing. It’s an emotional game, you don’t want to lose.”

With a little less than a minute remaining in the first quarter and the Spurs leading 23-16, Howard was surrounded and fouled by a number of San Antonio players as he gathered an offensive rebound. Howard responded by swinging his right elbow toward Cory Joseph and was assessed his first technical foul. The elbow, which didn’t connect with any force, led to an exchange of words with DeJuan Blair.

Then, with 9:51 remaining in the third quarter and San Antonio leading 55-34, Howard and Aron Baynes were jockeyed for position in the paint. When the entanglement didn’t lead to a defensive foul on the Spurs center, Howard turned and expressed his dissatisfaction to the baseline referee, who promptly assessed Howard’s second technical foul of the game, which required the automatic ejection. Howard departed Game 4 with seven points (on two-for-two shooting) and eight rebounds in 21 minutes.

After beginning the season with enormous expectations, the Lakers finished 45-37, earning the No. 7 seed in the West. Their sweep at the hands of the Spurs marked the first time the Lakers have not advanced in the postseason since 2007.

“It was a rocky year,” Howard said. “A lot of things happened that I didn’t have any control over.”

Howard, acquired by the Lakers in a blockbuster trade last summer, averaged 17.1 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in his first season with the team. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and said he plans to “step away for a few weeks” before he begins formulating his plans for the future.

7 comments
6marK6
6marK6

Someone should have swung on Kupchak for assembling this mess of a lineup. Injuries or not, this was a poorly put together team. Are the Lakers ever going to draft and develop another player? They have gotten so fat and lazy. Just buy buy buy, can't develop any talent on their own.

VictorHayes
VictorHayes like.author.displayName 1 Like

Dwight Howard is a straight up fraud! 

DSmithee1
DSmithee1

This dummy still hasn't figured out that he does his best work when he's ON the court. 

TeddyBloomquist
TeddyBloomquist like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

Dwight Howard is a top 5 guy who is capable of carrying a team on his shoulders to make a playoff run and will get his teammates involved in the offensive game at the right time.


-Nobody ever.

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

What wa that comment about Dwight leading a bunch of nobodies to the finals in Orlando? PoorDwight further proved how much of a perp and fraud he is and couldn't get this bunch of unwanted players past the first round. I don't feel sorry for the Lakers.. Championship teams are built with chemistry, unity, and a little luck, not bought like the Lakers tried to.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Howard WANTED to be thrown out of the game so they couldn't blame him for the loss. The Lakers are fools if they keep him. He has to be the one and only star to produce. He isn't willing to share the glory.