NBA: Dwight Howard in hot water after using stickum to gain advantage

NBA star Dwight Howard is in hot waters after the league stated that they are investigating the matter involving Howard using stickum in their recent game against the Atlanta Hawks.

The league is investigating the incident wherein Hawks’ Paul Millsap was complaining that the ball was a bit sticky as he was supposed to take free throws.

AOL reported that Howard handed the ball prior to the incident and was seen spraying a substance before checking in the game. Game officials warned the Rockets bench that led to head coach J.B. Bickerstaff removing a can that was covered with tape so as not to reveal what it was.

However, Howard did not heed to the officials warning and still used the said substance inside the mysterious can. Stickum is a sticky or adhesive substance that when use can give an advantage to a player such was in the case with Howard, who finished the game with eight points with 17 rebounds despite their 109-97 loss.

“I’ve never felt the ball like that, ever. It was sticky. It was like super glue or something was on there. I couldn’t get it off my hands. It was the weirdest thing ever,” Millsap said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The use of stickum has been banned in the league so also in the NFL. But Howard answered his critics with a post on social media through Jonathan Feigen.

“I don’t know why people are making a big deal out of it. I do it every game. It’s not a big deal. I ain’t tripping,” Howard said.

Game officials have removed the ball used in the game as reported by ESPN and the NBA has stated that they are still investigating the incident and will come out with a statement after the investigation on whether Howard or the Rockets will be penalized.

The Rockets prepare as they will try to bounce back as they will next face the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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