Jameer Nelson wasn’t happy with the recent comments made by his former Orlando Magicn teammate Dwight Howard.
Howard sat down with the a reporter from the Los Angeles CBS affiliate and in the interview said this about his time in Orlando:
“And I always tell people: Hey, my team in Orlando was a team full of people who nobody wanted, and I was the leader and I led that team with a smile on my face.”
In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Nelson said Howard should be more of a man.
“At some point, when are you [Dwight] gonna as a man, when are you going to take ownership and stay out of the media in a professional manner?” Nelson told the Sentinel after Wednesday’s shooatround in Miami.
“I would be less of a man to comment on certain things that people comment on about me and my teammates. We had a great run as a group, as core guys, and he was a part of it (reaching the 2009 Finals) and for him to say things about anybody in a negative manner, that’s up to him.
“That’s his opinion. If that’s how he feels, that’s how he feels.”
To be fair, both players make valuable points. Howard did not play along side the best talent in Orlando. But to Nelson’s credit, that doesn’t mean you call out your former teammates.