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GD: “Make [Howard] shoot over the top, put my body into him, contest. Just make him a finesse player.”

Reporter: “Is that the biggest challenge for you to guard anybody out of anybody around?”

GD: “No.”

Reporter: “He’s one of the best around. He’s like the top center in the league.”

GD: “He is? Oh. He’s a great player, you know, but he’s not the hardest to guard. I think it’s easy to guard him.”

Reporter: “Really? How so?”

GD: “Because he doesn’t — you know, he’s a finesse guy. It would be different if you didn’t know which way he was going. But if he’s just going one way or making one move, you know, it’s hard to power over big dudes who are just as strong as him.”
I heard about Big Baby talking trash about Dwight Howard earlier today and I figured people were talking about earlier in the season when Baby piggy-backed KG's comments that Howard was limited offensively. Regardless whether we won or not yesterday, a limited reserve like Davis shouldn't be talking trash about the best center in the league who just went for 33 and 13. And this is coming from one of the biggest Davis fans out there. I really like his game and I defend him all the time, but he needs to shut his mouth. Nothing good comes out of it.

Imagine if Baby really was a star player? He'd be unbearable with all his talking. The fact that he's a bench player is the only thing that keeps him somewhat in check. Truth be told, Howard's offensive game is extremely predictable and not the hardest to guard, but his defense alone makes him the top center in the league and his size and athleticism still make him a force offensively. If one of the Big 4 on the Celtics want to talk trash that's their prerogative. They're all-stars. Baby needs to stick to taking charges.

(Thanks DH for the find.)

JR 1/18/2011 06:06:00 PM Edit
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8 Responses so far.

  1. bballee says:

    Actually I think Dwight has improved considerably. A drop step to go with his baby hook has given him options other than dunking around the basket. Last night he shot several 45degree bank jumpers with good success. Combine that with over 70% from the free-throw line and he is no longer a one dimensional player.

    Unfortunately Big Baby's mouth works better (and more) than any facet of his game.

  2. Three Toe says:

    it's odd that he explains that to guard howard, you make him a finesse player, then he says that he is a finesse player a few lines later. I mean, I do know that when you call someone a "finesse player" in the NBA, it's a way to use a compliment to call him soft. It's the same way that "great personality" can mean "ugly as hell." But in reality Howard is not about finesse, but speed.

    But you know what, All the NBA guys and ESPN guys and reporters all fall in line, praising guys like Howard, making assumptions that he is so tough to guard because he's "the best center in the league." Certain players like Davis may still be able to guard Howard more easily than others. While I don't think Davis is giving Howard enough credit, because Howard is getting better in several areas and developing some more techniques on offense, he beats you with speed, not intelligence or finesse. Get good position on him and if you know the few moves he has, you can guard him 1-on-1. The tough part is getting there first, which Baby does. Dwight is a hell of a player, but it's primarily for his defense and speed. If you can be fast too, you can minimize his effectiveness, especially on offense. When he can throw a good variety of attacks at you consistantly, then Davis can eat his words.

    Baby has trouble guarding the taller guys that actually do have finesse moves like gasol or dirk. Baby can get there first and gets good position, but doesn't have the size to be able to handle the variety of moves these guys have.

  3. tb727 says:

    I agree with 3toe, in that his quote makes zero sense. He's not a finesse player at all, as Davis accurately points out in the beginning.

  4. The Coach says:

    Baby got confused, that is what he does. He does a great job against bigger guys that go to one move and that it all. Guys like Dirk, Gasol and Al Jefferson give him more issues because of their footwork, ability to go either right or left and very high release points on their shots. Dwight is definitely improving but over the last two plus years Davis has done fairly well against him, well, until the other night...

  5. Anonymous says:

    Baby shut him down at the end of the game when it counted the most.....Go Baby

  6. Anonymous says:

    Disagree... Howard is nothing but a dirty player with a smile... There were so many dirty plays in last years playoffs where he threw Rondo to the floor, sent Pierce flying and was generally playing Dirty. Oh, and for the record, Howard is NOT the Best center in the league, the best center is currently injured and will be back soon with a Nasty old grin on his face, and he is called Perk! Once he's healthy we'll see what Dwight can really do other than fight and use his elbow while grinning...

  7. Anonymous says:

    Dwight need's to realize that the Magic will ultimatly go nowhere. His chioces are simple, and similar too other's in sport's with the "face of the franchise stamp" put on them.
    I'd say most mouths between Dwight/the Magic and any relation too the Celt's. need's 2 simmer down and be bypassed, because if Dwight want's big contract money and 2be the face of the franchise..o.k.,
    But you'll never get a ring in Orlando, at best a mere (1) one.
    As i've said for some time now, let him finish maturing, loose the superman commercial's and adgenda,( even though we all love a jokester and someone who likes to laugh rather than be an anoying prick and a hard-ass stuck up looser right). But if Dwight want's true maturity, fame, fortune, championship ring's and a true longterm NBA legacy with a few ring's, and go down as literally one of the greatest ever......
    He will soon enough have 2 come 2 Boston!
    Perk and baby are fine for now, and who know's what's up with the celt's in a cple year's with so many about 2 retire.
    I would check my paperwork, do my math, dot my I's and cross my T-'s.
    But I would clearly make plan's on pulling in Dwight Howrd and new fresh young talent into Boston shortly, one of them would clearly be Dwight.

  8. Anonymous says:

    If Davis wants to talk trash he can talk trash.. Your article is dumb. Trash talking is as big apart of basketball as rebounding... always has been and always will be..

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