Glen Davis said he was “really, really shocked” at Dwight Howard’s recent characterization of his old Orlando Magic teams.
Davis was asked Thursday what he thought of Howard’s recent statement to a Los Angeles television station in which he referred to the Magic of past years as “a team full of people who nobody wanted.”
Davis responded: “I’m really, really shocked. You know, amazed how he’s approaching this. I would think [it’d be best for] him to focus on his team and what he’s doing. You know, I’m going to let Dwight be Dwight. Everybody sees what he’s going through and how he’s feeling. I’m an Orlando Magic, and I love my guys that I play with, and that’s what I focus on. So, you let his comments be his comments, but his comments speak for itself.”
Howard sought to clarify his remark late Wednesday night, explaining that he wasn’t saying anything disrespectful about his former teammates. Instead, he said he was intending to say that the Magic had been underrated underdogs who were fueled by their underdog status.
“I would never say anything disrespectful to those guys and I think a lot of people took that and ran with it, twisted it into a negative thing,” Howard said, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com. “I love those guys. We've had some great memories and we thrived off people saying that we weren't going to make it to the Finals, we weren't going to be a good team. That's what pushed us.”
Davis was told by a reporter Thursday about Howard’s clarification.
“I don’t know,” Davis said. “I don’t know. Like I said, let him do what he has to do. I stay away from that. I stay away from Dwight’s situation.”
Jameer Nelson on Thursday was told about Howard’s clarification and was asked whether his perception of Howard’s comments had changed.
Nelson took a diplomatic tact.
“I haven’t seen the video,” Nelson said. “I’ve heard it from people, and my statement won’t change, and I feel the same way. I feel the same way as I did yesterday. I woke up great. The sun was out. And I’m still the same person.
“My thing is, like I said, I’m here with this group. I’ve had a lot of teammates, and I’ve had a lot of fun with all my teammates and had great moments with my teammates. We won games. We lost games. I’ve been in the trenches and battled with them, and he was one of my former teammates. Guys say what they want to say and do what they do, but we’re all out here trying to make an honest living and putting our heart and blood, sweat and tears out there every day in practice and trying to get better and trying to win, just like this group that we have here this year.”
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