Howard has become a fashionable whipping boy among fans and media in and around Dallas, despite once being among the area's more popular players. His production this season, injury woes over the last two years and the team's recent struggles get tied together, leaving Howard in knots.
"I never said I don't want to be here," Howard told NBA.com. "It's as much a shock to me. I've only played  games. I haven't even got to two months [worth of games] yet. I don't know why everybody is ganging up on me."