Haywood denies punching Magic’s Howard
Dallas Mavericks center Brendan Haywood denied Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy’s claim that he punched Dwight Howard.
Van Gundy said that Howard’s back spasms were initially caused by a punch from Haywood. The coach said that he would send a video of the play to the NBA office.
“Man, I don’t know what’s wrong with Stan,” Haywood told ESPN Dallas. “Stan’s going to say what Stan wants to say. We don’t gotta play them no more. The game’s over with.
“I think Dwight caught me with more shots than I caught him. He’s the most physical player in the league. So it is what it is. Stan made his comment. I haven’t got a call from anybody (in the league office), so I guess nobody’s listening.”
The league’s leading rebounder, Howard sat out Sunday’s loss to the Denver Nuggets. He had played in all 52 previous games this season and has missed only six in his career.
Howard is averaging 20.9 points and 14.5 rebounds.