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Dwight Howard Admits and Explains Why He's Afraid to Take Shots

Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Maybe this explains why James Harden decided to take matters into his own hands a lot of the time on offense this past season for the Houston Rockets.

In his interview with ESPN, Dwight Howard admitted that he is afraid to take shots because he is afraid of missing them. 

ESPN: One of the other criticisms of your game is you never expanded your range beyond the key. Why not?

Howard: “I used to shoot 1,000 shots a day. I called Kobe when I was still playing in Orlando and asked him what I should do. He’s the one who told me to do take 1,000 a day. So I’d practice and practice them but then I’d be so afraid to take them in a game because I was so worried I would miss. I hate messing up. I hate failure”

ESPN: So you don’t take perimeter jumpers because you are afraid you will miss them?

Howard: “I don’t like messing up. I didn’t want to turn on the TV and see people say, ‘Dwight is taking all those outside shots, he’s screwing around, he doesn’t care, he doesn’t want to win.’ So that’s the war I’ll be having in my head. I’m working on it.”

You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take.

-- Josh Dhani

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