Shaq Criticizes Howard's Move to Houston

Published on 7-Jul-2013 by Stacey Mickles

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Shaq Criticizes Howard's Move to Houston

Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant at times didn't agree on a lot of things when they both played for the LA Lakers, but I think it's clear to say that Shaq and Kobe do agree on one thing: Dwight Howard's move to Houston.

While Kobe showed what he thought about Howard's move to the Rockets by posting of pic of him and Pau Gasol embracing with their backs turned, Shaq told the media at the Coco Cola 400 what he thought of Howard going to Houston.

"It was expected. We’ve all been in LA, and not a whole lot of people can handle being under the bright lights. Everybody wants to do it, but when you get there, there are certain pressures. I think it was a safe move for him to go to a little town like Houston. That’s right, little town. I said it."

We reported a few weeks ago that Shaq said he thought that Howard was a bit soft and may not be a fit for the Lakers.

Looks like he was right.

It did seem at times last year that Howard didn't want any part of the spotlight in Los Angles, and that was apparent when Kobe Bryant was injured before the playoffs.

Charles Barkley, who normally is a huge supporter of Howard, also thinks that it's basically time for Howard to put up or shut up. 

Sir Charles said of Howard that he's “got to ride this thing out in Houston now … This is his third team in three years. If it doesn’t work in Houston, uh … first of all, to get his reputation back, he has to win a championship."

Houston may not be LA, but Rocket fans can easily turn on Howard just like fans in LA and Orlando did.

Now, as Shaq put it, Howard is in a 'smaller' market with less pressure. Time will tell if less pressure will equal to an NBA championship or just another disappointing year.