"My team in Orlando was a team full of people who nobody wanted," said Howard in a video interview with CBS2/KCAL9. "I was the leader and I led that team with a smile on my face."
Former teammate and current Magic point guard Jameer Nelson took exception to Howard's characterization.
"At some point, when are you gonna as a man, when are you going to take ownership and stay out of the media in a professional manner?" asked Nelson to the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday.
"I would be less of a man to comment on certain things that people comment on about me and my teammates," Nelson continued. "We had a great run as a group, as core guys, and he was a part of it and for him to say things about anybody in a negative manner, that's up to him."
Howard was traded to the Lakers over the off-season after a lengthy process of uncertainty with the Magic.
"That's his opinion," Nelson said. "If that's how he feels, that's how he feels."
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