Dwight Howard says John Wall shouldn't feel any pressure
Dwight Howard can relate to John Wall. He has been down this road before -- arriving in town as the No. 1 pick, the foundation of a rebuilding project, expected to turn around a franchise trying to recover from hard times.
When Howard came to Orlando, the Magic was coming off a 21-win season and had just traded away the face of the franchise, dealing Tracy McGrady to Houston in the offseason. Despite being an 18-year-old kid with braces, fresh from high school, Howard said he wasn't worried about the expectations that were placed upon him.
Howard said Wall shouldn't be either. "He did a great job at Kentucky," Howard said. "I'm pretty sure he's going to do a great job in Washington. I don't think he has any pressure. I think he's just going to go out there and play."
Howard said that was the mentality he used in his NBA debut as he had 12 points and 10 rebounds against Milwaukee in a 93-92 victory. He went on to average those numbers in his rookie season, when he started all 82 games and finished third in all-star voting behind Emeka Okafor and Ben Gordon.
"Some people take being the No. 1 pick differently," he said. "When I was a rookie, I just tried to come out and just play, have fun. I didn't care about the No. 1 pick or anything like that. I just wanted to go out and play. I'm doing something I love. So just have fun doing it."
| October 28, 2010; 6:26 PM ET
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