Orlando - Hope all are doing well.
Been running all day to get here. Very interested to see what happens, obviously. A couple quotes and I’ll let you all at it.
Josh Smith on Dwight Howard:
“I’ve known Dwight since we were in preschool. We went to the same preschool together. I’ve known Dwight since we were in diapers.”
On playing against him now:
“We talk to each other, but it’s not hard because if you don’t have the same color jersey on as me when the ball is thrown in the air, [you're] just an opponent. Then afterward, we come back to our senses and we’re friends. If you see us out there, he’s trying to block my shot harder than probably anybody he’s ever tried to block and I’m trying to do the same thing. It’s real competitive.”
On playing back in the day:
“We’ve played against each other before we started playing with each other (for Atlanta Celtics), different AAU teams. Believe it not, Dwight was a point guard at first. When we were like 11 or 12, he was a point guard. He ran point for his team.”
Mike Woodson on Howard:
“Dwight is, I think, one of the best centers in our league. He’s a major, major force. He causes problems for a lot of ballclubs, especially our team. Our focus is definitely on him. We can’t give him all the attention because they have so many three-point shooters around him. He’s got to feel bodies. He’s got to see different people from a physical standpoint. You just can’t let him have his way.”
On Brendan Haywood defending him without help last night:
“He’ s a lot bigger than Al Horford. Al is 6-9, 6-10. Haywood is a big 7-footer. He stands right in Howard’s face in terms of size and weight probably. They can afford to play him straight up. We cant do that with Al, until we’re able to come in with Zaza, and if we play Jason Collins tonight. There’s not too many players in this league that can play him straight up.”