Dwight Howard will not be punished for his use of Stickum spray in the Rockets' Saturday night game against the Hawks, according to Yahoo! Sports' Shams Charania. Instead, the league decided to send a strongly worded letter. Basically, "Hey cut it out you guys *wink wink.*"
This has been one of the weirdest stories yet for an all-time weird Rockets team. Yes, Dwight Howard got caught using a foreign substance that made the ball weird and sticky. But the fact that a number of former players — including Tracy McGready on ESPN today — have said use of sprays is fairly common. Dwight was just dumb and put it on his hands seconds before he checked into the game.
I really don't know how to feel about this other than incredulous. I can't be too mad because it's not serious enough for the NBA to even fine him (he's already given the NBA's coffers tens of thousands of dollars this year with his league-leading amount of technical fouls). But, at the same time, it's just making our lives harder as Rockets fans to defend the team in a casual sports bar setting, which, as a resident of a non-Houston city, I have to do more often than not.