Philadelphia 76ers big man Dwight Howard isn’t feeling the love of NBA referees this season.
Howard, who leads the league with 15 technical fouls, said he felt “targeted” by the referees after his team’s 121-90 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night.
“I feel like I’m being targeted every night,” Howard said, via UKTN Sports.
“I feel like I’ve been targeted but I’m just going to keep playing as hard as I can, I want the Philly fans to know I’m out there giving 130% every night. The calls might not go my way, I may sound a little frustrated, but I’m here to help this team win a championship.
Howard is just one technical foul away with a $ 5,000 fine and an automatic one-game suspension.
The 76ers certainly don’t want to lose Howard in a playoff game given how entrenched he has anchored the team’s home defense this season.
“I’m from old school basketball, so I like to talk about trash, I like to hit people, I like to push people, hands down,” Howard continued.
“It’s not like I’m doing it to be malicious, but that’s how I play, it’s Philly basketball so I can’t help myself.
Howard, who averages 6.8 PPG and 8.4 RPG in 17.4 minutes per game, will have to hold back if he is to avoid this impending suspension.