Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Real Problem With Dwight Howard

A few nights ago ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy called out Dwight Howard as he refused to join the team's huddle during a time out.  It was another classic Jeff Van Gundy moment as he took a minute to raise concern about this growing epidemic of NBA players refusing to join the huddle when things get difficult.

In all fairness, as Van Gundy pointed out, this is not just a Dwight Howard issue.  It's a league wide issue, but I think it highlights a bigger concern for me with Dwight Howard.  Take a look at the video from a couple of weeks ago in which Dwight Howard discusses finishing the season with the Orlando Magic and giving his team a chance to win.


Sounds good, doesn't it?  Up until he decides not to join the huddle with his teammates when things got tough the other night.

What happened to all that talk about giving the team a chance to win and helping the team to be successful?  And there's your bigger problem with Dwight Howard, he's a hypocrite.  How can you talk about wanting to help the team win, and then when things get tough you refuse to participate?  Why not join the huddle and offer suggestions or demand the ball?  That's what leaders do.

This is reflective of what we've seen from Dwight Howard in the past.  For example, he demanded a trade from the Magic, and then a few months later he complains about how people don't understand how the difficult the situation is.  Wait a minute Dwight, you created the misunderstanding and difficulty of the situation by demanding a trade.  Then he tells everyone he doesn't want to be traded, and he's a team guy. 

Here's a lesson for business, if you have a chance to get rid of a problem, do it regardless of how talented the individual is.  Be strategic and make them someone else's problem.  Although they can do a lot of important things for your organization, they also create a lot of important problems.  Combine that with the fact that they've shown you that they can't be trusted, and their talent is definitely not worth the risk of their selfishness and hypocrisy.


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