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Sport Stephen A. Smith got roasted on the internet for comparing Paul George to Dwight Howard

05:45  18 september  2020
05:45  18 september  2020 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

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Say what you want about him, but Dwight Howard is undoubtedly a basketball Hall of Famer.

Paul George wearing a blue shirt © Provided by For The Win

He’s an eight time All-Star who spent most of his early career as the very best defensive player in the NBA – until has back gave out on him. From 2009 to 2011, he won three Defensive Player of the Year awards consecutively.

He’s the only player in NBA history to ever do that. By the way, he also led his team to the NBA Finals in 2009.

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So when comparing someone to Dwight Howard, they have to hit that bar. It’s a very high bar to hit. And, no offense to Paul George, he hasn’t done that quite yet.

Stephen A. Smith didn’t quite get that memo. On Thursday’s episode of First Take, the ESPN star said Paul George was getting close to becoming the “second coming of Dwight Howard.” Which, honestly, ain’t that bad.

This is a bad comparison. But Stephen A. went for it anyway.

“Remember Dwight Howard was the man in Orlando just like Paul George was the man in Indiana. He wanted to leave. He goes to LA, ends up going to Houston and then before long he’s a journeyman… because the star that he once was he was no more.”

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I guess, Stephen A. Sure. It makes sense on the surface.

But it doesn’t take much googling to see how great Dwight Howard was in Orlando and what he accomplished there. Paul George is a great player, too! But he can’t match Howard’s legacy. He’s never been to the Finals. He’s never been a defensive player of the year. He’s never quite been that good.

The internet promptly roasted Stephen A. for this take.

George isn’t as bad as people are saying he is. He’s still one of the best players in the NBA despite failing to make the Finals this go round.

But he’s also not on the level Dwight Howard once was — no matter what we think of him now.

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