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Kamenetzky: Dwight Howard Shows Love To LaMarcus Aldridge

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard praises Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge.


Andy Kamenetzky of reports that Los Angeles Lakers All-Star center Dwight Howard isn't happy about the NBA's decision to remove the "center" designation on its All-Star ballots. Now, fans can select two guards and three frontcourt players.

Who cares if Howard is upset? No one. But he gave some praise for Portland Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge along the way.

Howard also noted how guards and wings typically attract the most spotlight, which can make great centers feel more scarce.

"There are so many great guards and great forwards that they just overshadow what these centers can do. I feel like there are a lot of centers that can really play, but you got guys like LeBron (James) and Kevin Durant who are 6'8", Kevin Durant is 6'11", 6'10", who shoot 3s. It just overshadows a lot of the bigs that can play.

"There are a lot of great centers who play in the NBA today. There's just so many guards that outshine them. I think LaMarcus (Aldridge) is a good center. DeMarcus Cousins. A power forward-center. Al Jefferson. There's a lot of guys who can play down there... It's not a flashy position. You never see a center on SportsCenter shooting a fadeaway. It's always the guards. Those are the highlights that everybody wants to see."

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