Nelson Admits Howard’s Words Hurt Him
On a more personal note, (Jameer) Nelson was bothered by (Dwight) Howard’s inference last season that the Magic would be better off making a run all-star point guards Chris Paul or Deron Williams instead of sticking with his fellow co-captain in Nelson.
On Thursday, following the Magic’s fifth practice of the training camp, Nelson opened up about how much Howard’s words last season hurt him. The two have since reacquainted and often still communicate via text messages, but Nelson admitted that it took him some time to get over Howard’s inferences last season.
“It was just one of those things from (Howard) that I never did understand and I guess some things just aren’t meant for you to understand,’’ Nelson said. “I just took the approach to play basketball wherever I was. I knew that I was still in Orlando last year for a reason and that the organization still wanted me here. Really, that helped me kind of get over all of the nonsense that was going around.’’