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Howard takes All-Star snub in stride

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 24, 2014 at 6:50 pm •  Published: January 24, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — Dwight Howard is rekindling his crusade to save centers.

A day after failing to earn a starting spot in this year's All-Star game, the Houston Rockets' big man joked there was a need to protect the NBA's centers.

The league changed the voting last year to eliminate a separate category for centers, leaving the game's largest players to compete with small and power forwards for a spot on the team. No center was named a starter for next month's game in New Orleans.

Howard has been unhappy with the change since last year when he made a silly video asking people to help save the centers. The video, which can be seen on YouTube, plays off the popular ASPCA commercial where Sarah McLachlan sings "Angel" and asks for donation to help abused animals.

In Howard's public service announcement, a song to the tune of "Angel," with lyrics about famous centers, plays in the background while Howard touts his fictional "Center Center for Centers."

"I'm going to have another campaign for saving the centers because the world needs us," he said before Friday night's game against Memphis. "They might not need us to start for the All-Star game but they're going to need us to block shots and get things from the ceiling, tall things. So we'll be needed."

In the video he talks about how his fake center will retrain centers to be point guards so they can be "productive members of the NBA." He adds that he'll teach them to dribble, make a layup without dunking, shoot 3-pointers and how to wear "tiny sneakers."

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