J.J. Redick didn’t like Dwight Howard’s recent comment that the Orlando Magic were “a team full of people who nobody wanted.”
Before the Milwaukee Bucks’ game Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers, Redick was asked about what Howard had said.
"I'm not surprised by it,” Redick said, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com. “I would be more surprised when Dwight starts taking responsibility. That would be the most negative thing I can say, but that's the truth.
“You can't take all the credit and not accept any of the blame.”
Late Wednesday night, Howard sought to clarify his remarks, telling reporters, “My statement was just to say that our team that I played with in Orlando, we were the underdogs.
“Nobody really talked about our team. It was underrated. Everybody overlooked us for the whole time I was there in Orlando and I hated that. We all hated that. We thrived off that. My comments were never to say anything disrespectful to those guys. Those were my teammates for years. They helped me become the player that I am today and we all got to the Finals because of that.”
Redick wasn’t the first former teammate of Howard to take issue with the All-Star center’s remark.
Jameer Nelson also weighed in on Wednesday, indicating that Howard should “take ownership” and “stay out of the media in a professional manner.”
Rashard Lewis, now with the Miami Heat, said, "It's disrespectful more than anything. We helped Dwight become the player he was.”
Josh Robbins covers the Orlando Magic and the NBA for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and connect with him on Facebook at facebook.com/JoshuaBRobbins. Follow him on Twitter at @JoshuaBRobbins.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun