Combined with this is Howard’s reputation for being hypersensitive to criticism, another topic he addresses in his ESPN.com interview.
“I used to shoot 1,000 shots a day. I called Kobe when I was still playing in Orlando and asked him what I should do. He’s the one who told me to take 1,000 a day. So I’d practice and practice them but then I’d be so afraid to take them in a game because I was so worried I would miss. I hate messing up. I hate failure. I was just talking to (WNBA) star Tina Thompson the other day about it. I told her about my fear of missing and she said, ‘Dwight, you’re gonna miss. Everyone does.’ But I want to be perfect.”
And added onto that is Howard’s interest in his off-court brand, to which he gives a particularly insufficient rebuttal:
“I loved Orlando. I loved the city, but at that time, I didn’t feel winning was a priority. I really wanted to win. People will come back and say, ‘Well, you were all over the place making movies.’ Like I don’t love the game or something. I love basketball. It is my passion. But, I’ve always thought if you just sit back and stay in one lane your whole life, I’ll get old and be done with basketball, and I won’t be able to do anything else because I wouldn’t have planted any of those seeds in other places.”
Taking all these things in tandem, then, and Dwight mostly confirms his reputation in this interview. He is not sure what people want from him, but he knows they want a lot, and he will only let certain people try and tell him.
Additionally, Dwight’s answers to MacMullan’s questions, and the seemingly stream-of- consciousness form they take leaves other bizarre tangents sticking out.
“The backstory is that months before that, before the  lockout, I had a conversation with Magic owner Rich DeVos. They flew me out on a private plane to Michigan. I was talking to him about how we could grow the team. When I first got to Orlando, he called us the Orlando “Tragic” and I hated it. I wanted to talk to him about how we could grow our team. I was saying, ‘Let’s have Magic cereal, Magic vitamins with our players’ faces on it so they can get to know our team.’ In the course of our conversation, we started talking about what’s going on with our team.”