Maybe they thought bringing Howard back to his hometown would inspire him to develop a mid-range jumper and hustle back on defense. Instead, the Hawks are paying premium dollars for a guy they’re scared to play when it matters.
“I want to be out on the floor. I want to make a difference,” Howard said in his exit interview with reporters. “I want to make an impact, and I can’t do that on the bench.”
He played just 16 of a possible 72 fourth-quarter minutes in the series against Washington. Ex-Superman didn’t get off the bench at all in two of those fourth quarters.
Howard said he’s “p----’’ (think human bodily function) at how the Hawks are using him, but they don’t really have a choice.
ESPN polled front office executives and eight of them said the Hawks only hope is that the Knicks will take Howard off their hands. As morbidly entertaining as that would be, not even Phil Jackson would be dumb enough to make that trade.
So what we have here is a brewing Dwightmare 4.0. Welcome the club, Atlanta.