Dwight Howard has again put his size 18s in his mouth. And again, it’s not his fault.

He sat down for a State of the Dwight interview earlier this week with a Los Angeles TV station. The key question was why his approval ratings have sunk to Congressional levels.

“Most of the time, the lie or something gets out and it just spreads,” Howard said.

See, it’s the Big Lie. The big center then opened wide and called his ex-teammates a bunch of players nobody wanted. Howard added that he still managed to play in Orlando with a smile on his face.

That comment has set off the latest controversy Howard thinks he doesn’t deserve. The irony is that in this case he has a point. He was responding to the age-old question whether he takes basketball seriously enough.

“My team in Orlando was a team full of people who nobody wanted, and I was the leader, and I led that team with a smile on my face,” he said.

What he meant to say was nobody respected the Magic, but he led Orlando to the NBA Finals. His amiability wasn’t an issue there and shouldn’t be in LA.

At least that’s what Howard’s saying now. As much as it pains me to admit, if you watch the whole interview, you can see how the quote was taken out of context.