Dwight Howard and the definition of insanity

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You’ve all heard Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity. “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Well, guess what? Dwight Howard is completely nuts.

For whatever reason, Howard keeps toying with technical fouls, keeps drawing the ire of the officials, then complaining about it. Like that’s going to solve the problem. He’s four techs away from a suspension, and he says that once he hits the threshold, he’ll stop. Just like that. Except that he’s setting a precedent now. He’s actually encouraging the officials to continue this behavior, not pushing them to reconsider.

Think of it this way. You’re in charge of a large office’s policies and procedures compliance. Your job is to make sure everyone uses the same fonts, dresses in an appropriate manner, doesn’t indulge in unprofessional behavior. It’s a drag, but it’s a business and that’s how the business has decided to run itself. Now someone comes in and every single day they are doing something. Yelling a curse word int he lunch room. Wearing flip flops and board shorts. (“Board shorts? Really?”) Taking other people’s food from the refrigerator. Using Comic Sans. (Hello, Dan Gilbert!) And you keep firing off reprimands and warnings. They’re four violations away from a suspension without pay. And this is the second year they’ve been in this position! But every time you reprimand them, instead of saying “I’ll work on it” and trying to improve their behavior, they instead complain to their coworkers, on message boards, and their supervisor tells everyone that you have it out for that worker. Are you going to somehow change how you act, or are you going to take an even harder line with him?

That’s Dwight Howard. Continually doing the same thing over and over again, then getting mad when the same consequences befall him, then getting upset when the pattern continues itself, without any adjustments on his part.

What’s sad is that this doesn’t take much to correct. The officials aren’t going to bag him if he just doesn’t react to fouls. If he started raising his hand once in a while and saying “Yeah, I got him” or simply not complaining when he’s hammered down low (and he does get hammered without a call,that’s true), they’d probably start behaving differently. That would break the pattern for the officials. But instead, Howard reinforces it and just gets more upset. This isn’t rocket science, but Howard is treating it that way.

Knicks rookie R.J. Barrett out at least a week with right ankle sprain

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NEW YORK (AP) New York Knicks rookie R.J. Barrett will miss at least a week with a sprained right ankle.

Barrett was hurt during the Knicks’ loss to Phoenix on Thursday. On Friday, he had X-rays, which were negative.

The Knicks announced afterward that Barrett will be re-evaluated in a week.

The No. 3 pick in the draft from Duke is averaging 14.1 points.

Heat: Justise Winslow out at least two more weeks

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MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Heat say Justise Winslow will miss at least two more weeks while recovering from a back injury.

Winslow has played only once since Dec. 4 and is slated to be out for at least the remainder of January. The team originally called Winslow’s injury a back strain, then updated the diagnosis to a bone bruise.

Winslow played off the bench in Miami’s win at Indiana on Jan. 8. The team said the back problems reappeared after that game. He has not played since.

Friday’s game in Oklahoma City is Miami’s 41st of the season and the 30th that Winslow has missed. He’s averaging 11.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists for the Heat this season.

Kevin Huerter’s 3-pointer gives Hawks first win in San Antonio in his lifetime (video)

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The Hawks beat the Spurs in San Antonio on Feb. 15, 1997.

The next year, Kevin Huerter was born.

Atlanta’s next win in San Antonio came Friday, when Huerter hit the game-winning 3-pointer in a 121-120 win.

The Hawks’ losing streak in San Antonio spanned Tim Duncan’s entire lengthy career – and continued a few seasons beyond that. The only reprieve came during the lockout-shortened 1999 season, when Atlanta didn’t visit San Antonio. So, the skid lasted 21 games.

Buddy Hield on Kings getting booed at home: ‘That’s how Sacramento fans are’

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Buddy Hield is quite familiar with frustration amid the Kings’ disappointing season.

Sacramento fans showed theirs Wednesday, booing the Kings during their home loss to the Mavericks.

Buddy Hield, via James Ham of NBC Sports California:

“Everybody is frustrated, it’s not even them, we’re trying to figure it out too,” Buddy Hield said following the loss. “But it’s the home team and we get booed…we don’t agree with it, but they’re going to voice their opinion.

“I understand their frustration, but like I said, I’m going to keep shooting the ball,” Hield continued. “When I make a three they like me, when I don’t, they hate you. That’s how Sacramento fans are, man, so you’ve got to embrace it.”

Hield seemingly isn’t looking to pick a fight with fans. He made a point to empathize with their frustration.

But I don’t think he’s being fair, either.

Kings fans are far more loyal than swinging between love and hate depending whether or not a shot falls. They’re fed up after 13 – going on 14 – straight seasons missing the playoffs. This year has been particularly discouraging, as Sacramento has backtracked from fun and fast to sad and slow. Losing to Luka Doncica particular grievance – only adds to the irritation.

The Kings’ problems have spanned multiple owners, executives, coaches and players. So, booing this group isn’t totally fair, either. But this is who’s in front of the fans.

If this Sacramento team plays hard and together, fans will embrace it – and stick with it through thinner times.