Dwight Howard: Tyson Chandler didn’t deserve Defensive Player of the Year award

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Dwight Howard says he should have won the DPOY award last year, not Tyson Chandler

Whoa, shots fired!

The newest Los Angeles Laker big man, Dwight Howard had some strong words about Tyson Chandler winning the Defensive Player of the Year award. Apparently Dwight thinks him moseying throughout a tumultuous last season with the Orlando Magic, still should have been good enough for him to win. Meanwhile Tyson Chandler came into New York and completely changed the culture with the Knicks defensively.

“I thought I should have won it last year, to be honest with you,” Howard told reporters after practice Monday. “I was a little bit upset about that.”

“I felt like I did my job to win it. I also feel like I didn’t because of the whole situation,” Howard said, referring to the uncertainty surrounding his future with the Magic and the distraction it became. “That played a factor in it.”

Seems logical right? Tyson Chandler wins the Defensive Player of the Year award, but doesn’t even make the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team. For the record Chandler was on the Second-Team All-Defensive squad. It was Dwight Howard who manned the center position for the First-Team All-Defense. The award is selected by general managers from around the league.

When Tyson was asked if he wanted to comment after Tuesday’s Knicks practice, he smiled and replied

“not at all.”

The award is voted by 121 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. You can bet Dwight Howard will be motivated and focused to win his fourth DPOY award and tie the record set by Ben Wallace and Dikembe Mutombo for most DPOY awards in a career.

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