Shaq blames Otis Smith For Howard mess
“Otis got on TV and said, ‘We’re gonna make strides to make this a championship team, but we’re not gonna do what Dwight wants us to do,’ ’’ O’Neal said. “Most general managers that I know always concur with their star players about what needs to go on.
“Otis is going to be famous for making the Rashard Lewis deal and letting Dwight Howard go, and hopefully he doesn’t let him go.
“One, they should show him a little bit more respect. And two, they should really get another dominant player in there.
“If you look at the history of the league, most [successful] teams have had a definite 1-2 punch. Right now in Orlando you only have a 1 punch, so . . .
“No one can really do it by themselves. When you have Otis on TV saying, ‘We’re not going to do what he wants us to do,’ you just give a guy ammunition to say, ‘You know what? I’m tired of this, I want to go somewhere else.’ ’’