Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard appeared on TNT’s Inside the NBA for an honest conversation on Tuesday.
Howard was questioned quite seriously by analysts Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley. Howard addressed rumors of his discord with James Harden, how he’s motivated by criticism and the player option on his contract.
The conversation was honest, and at times, a little awkward.
Here’s Dwight calling out Barkley for his constant criticism:
Dwight telling Barkley he remembers when the TNT analyst said he would never be good:
And Dwight saying, in response to the Harden rumors, how he needs help from his teammates:
Here’s the full segment:
The reaction to the segment was mostly positive, with some finding it uncomfortable.
Tons of respect to Dwight Howard for answering questions, being sincere & thoughtful.— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) May 11, 2016
This version of Dwight Howard is pretty much who he's been since he got to Houston. He's said all the right things— J.A. Adande (@jadande) May 11, 2016
Dwight looks like he was in school there— Jorge Sedano (@SedanoESPN) May 11, 2016
Dwight Howard getting an intervention on Inside The NBA tonight.— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) May 11, 2016
I'm not gonna put you on the spot, but I'm gonna put you on the spot... pls Jesus make it stop— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) May 11, 2016
Inside the NBA, once again, proving it's the best sports studio show in history.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) May 11, 2016
Did Dwight know this was going to be an intervention?— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) May 11, 2016
This is awkward.— Chandler Parsons (@ChandlerParsons) May 11, 2016
This is amazing tv— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) May 11, 2016
in other news, this discussion with dwight is great television.— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) May 11, 2016
The Rockets’ season ended in the first round of the playoffs. Howard can become a free agent this summer.