Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: Even Superman gets sad sometimes.
Dwight Howard joined The Dan Patrick Show to talk about what he thinks about Miami players crying following a loss against Chicago this past weekend, what it means that they cried, when the last time he cried following a loss, whether or not he thinks he's the MVP, who the best team in the NBA is right now, and what he has learned from Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James about how to handle his potential free agency.
What he thinks of Miami players crying in the locker room after a loss against the Bulls:
"I don't believe it for one because there's nobody in the locker room but the players. I used to cry after all my basketball games then one of my teammates said ‘look Dwight you're in the NBA now, you're going to have 82 games a year plus the playoffs, so just get it back next game.' If they were crying it means they really care about winning. If you keep losing the same way every time you're gonna be hurt. I wouldn't be surprised if they were, but I can't believe they were crying."
Erik Spoelstra was the one that said it though:
"They want it. They want it bad. It's kind of tough for those guys because coming into the season everybody had them winning 90 games (laughs) and doing unbelievable things. They're losing and it hurts."
When the last time was that he cried after a loss:
"We lost in the Finals to the Lakers. (Host: You were balling?) Yeah I was. I was hurt. Then we lost to Boston last year."
Whether or not he thinks he is the MVP this year:
"Well um I would just say that I do a lot for my team. (Host: If you think it's you then just say it?) I'm not one of those cocky guys and Derrick Rose has been playing unbelievable basketball. And he's an Adidas guy. We've got commercials together. If I had to say for someone besides myself I would go with Derrick Rose. (Host: If you had a vote and couldn't vote for yourself you would vote for Derrick Rose?) Yes sir."
Who the best team in the Eastern Conference is right now:
"The best team right now, Chicago is playing the best basketball right now."
On what he learned from LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony about how to handle his potential future decision in free agency:
"I think sometimes the outside sources, they're the ones that mess up the whole situation. I will say in my situation, I love Orlando, the city has been very good to me, and I would love to finish my career here. I want a championship and I want to get it in Orlando. That's the only thing I've been able to think about. It's hard not to think about what's going to happen it two years, but that's two years from now. Right now, my focus is on getting our team to a championship and doing everything I can for this city."
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