No matter how often you play pickup basketball, no matter how good your rec league is, and no matter what level you played at, there’s no way to know what playing an NBA game is like without doing it. 48 minutes of up-and-down physicality with the greatest athletes in the world, plus Brian Cardinal. It’s impossible to understand, unless you’ve done it.
But that’s not stopping Stan Van Gundy from educating everyone about the rigors of an NBA game. Specifically, one of Dwight Howard’s games. SVG broke down what it’s like to play as Dwight Howard in a postgame press conference last night.
I have said, for the people — like you guys in the media — that want to be critical of him: Go run on the treadmill for 40 minutes [that] he plays every night, and every two or three minutes, I’m going to hit you as hard as I can upside the head, OK? And what I want you to do is, keep running and don’t react at all. Don’t react. Don’t say anything to me, don’t look at me wrong, don’t hit me back, don’t do anything. I just get to whack you as hard as I want every three minutes.
Ummm, no thanks.