Although Dwight Howard is all smiles nearly every time we see him, why is the Houston Rockets center seemingly so loathed in the NBA?
On Inside the NBA on Tuesday night, Charles Barkley exercised zero chill whatsoever, asking Dwight straight up why "people don't like you?" When Howard tried to smile and laugh his way out of answering the question, Chuck only added to it, saying he thought the center was "disengaged" and "disinterested" playing alongside James Harden in Houston.
Well, damn. It got uncomfortable for Dwight as he tried to answer the questions the best he could. Sir Charles straight son'd him.
Part of Howard's andswer had him explaining: "I think I was very likeable in Orlando. The way that situation ended, I thought people thought I was a bad guy. I'm all about myself. I'm a diva. I'm stuck on me, 'Dwight Howard, this famous basketball player.' People say, 'We don't like this guy.' I hear that a lot. It really hurts me because my heart and my attitude has always been the same. My drive has always been there."
Some of Howard's peers in the NBA weren't buying it, though. If anything, they were all there for Chuck going in on the Rockets' polarizing center.
Dwight even got roasted by Shaquille O'Neal, who wasn't present on the set of Inside the NBA on Tuesday night, reminding him that there's only one true Superman.
Turning up the heat on Howard further, Barkley asked him if he plans to opt out of his Rockets contract this offseason.
Hey, somebody had to keep it 100 and ask Dwight what we all want to know.
Props to Charles for putting Dwight in the hot seat and exercising zero chill.
Are you feeling Howard's explanation, though? And why do you think he is seemingly disliked in the league?
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