“Going to Get Bullied by Jokic or AD”: Unhappy Warriors Fans Slam Stephen Curry and Co for Harsh Dwight Howard Decision

Published 09/22/2023, 3:58 PM EDT

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The Warriors have one major spot to fill. Stephen Curry and co. are looking for a back-up Center. With the cap space restrictions in place, they can only absorb a minimum deal. With Kevon Looney as the starting Center and Draymond Green at the defensive helm, inside defense won’t be a problem. However, in the injury-laden scenario and to fill up bench minutes, another big man is required. It appeared that the team had found the answer, but it wasn’t to be the case.

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As Dwight Howard trained with the team, it seems like the Warriors weren’t impressed. They won’t be having him on the team.

Dwight Howard’s lofty ambitions get squished

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After generating a lot of hype, Howard entered the Warriors training session in the hope of nailing a spot. However, the team is going to look elsewhere. The Athletic’s Shams Charania broke the news on his show Breaking News.

He revealed, ”The Warriors are not expected to sign Dwight Howard or any other veteran center ahead of training camps, sources tell me. Howard had  two-day visit with the Warriors this week, that included meetings and workouts. But the Warriors are now expected to maintain flexibility to sign a big man during camp or into the regular season”.

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The Center didn’t make an NBA roster during the 2022-23 season. He spent his time playing for Taiwenese League where he earned a huge fan-following. However, it is the NBA where his heart still resides. He still wants to win a championship against the top talents in the world. Joining the Warriors was a safe bet, considering that no one has won more titles than them in the 10 years or so.

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However, the decision-makers are now adopting a different and more patient approach. Perhaps, they are hunting for a Center in his 20s or early 30s. So that they can get more than just 10-15 minutes from a player. Howard may not be the answer at the age of 37. Many fans seemed disappointed with this decision.

Many fans disagree with Stephen Curry and co.

Reacting to the news, a fan declared, ”Going to get bullied by Jokic or AD yet again in the playoffs then”.

A fan brought up the issue of going small, citing the West Semis against the Lakers. The user stated, ”They didn’t learn from the Lakers series that they too little”.

Another commenter questioned the small-ball approach, affirming, ”This small ball does not work especially come playoff time you need a big

For a fan, the Warriors may have missed an economic deal. The commenter wrote, ”Bro was gonna get the vet min, def an L for warriors”.

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Someone who roots for the Warriors lamented another missed opportunity, stating, ”Common warriors L tbh as a warriors fan

A Warriors fan couldn’t hide the disappointment, lamenting, ”Whyyy do we always do dumb shi🤦🏾‍♂️🤦🏾‍♂️ talking bout signing a big later jus sign one now🤦🏾‍♂️

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It was hard to find a response that supported this move. It seems like the Warriors fans have especially been hurt. But what if the Warriors didn’t like what they saw in the workout? Is Dwight the same as he was during the 2020 Lakers’ championship?

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Shubham is an NBA Writer at Essentially Sports. He became a fan of the NBA in late 2000s and his interest skyrocketed after Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks upset the Miami Heat in Six Games during 2011 NBA Finals. He loves looking into playing styles of different players and teams while also trying to analyse what circumstances shape a typical NBA game.
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