Hip Hop legend Ice Cube blasted former Los Angeles Laker Dwight Howard during the Los Angeles, California leg of the Kings Of The Mic Tour last night (July 7). In between performances of his “What Can I Do (Remix)” and “You Know How We Do It,” the Death Certificate-emcee shared his thoughts on Howard’s decision to leave the Los Angeles Lakers and sign with the Houston Rockets.
“Fuck Dwight Howard, goddamn it,” Cube said. “We love LA! We don’t need no punk-ass muthafuckas on our team. We don’t give a fuck about a Dwight Coward. We don’t need no bitches on our team, homie. You don’t deserve to go up on that goddamn wall. So, I predict tonight Kobe [Bryant] will win another championship before Dwight Howard ever sniffs one.”
Along with a catalog filled with classic Rap moments as well as an extensive career in movie and television production, Ice Cube is also a noted Los Angeles sports fanatic. In 2010, the South Central, Los Angeles-native directed “Straight Outta L.A.” for ESPN’s “30 For 30” documentary series. The film tackled the connection between the Los Angeles Raiders’ subsequent move to Oakland, California and pioneering Hip Hop group, N.W.A—of which he was a member.
During an appearance on ESPN’s “First Take” in July 2012, Ice Cube expressed concern about the Lakers trading then-center Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard. “Right now, I keep Andrew Bynum,” he said. “Dwight, you have to want it, man. You have to come and want to be a part of the legacy. You got to want to have your jersey up on that wall.”
Dwight Howard was traded from the Orlando Magic to the Los Angeles Lakers on August 10, 2012 in a blockbuster deal that sent Andrew Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers. Howard played center for the Lakers for one injury-riddled season in which he averaged 17.1 points per game and 12.4 rebounds per game. The Lakers qualified for the 2013 playoffs on the last day of the season and were swept in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs. Rather than resigning with Los Angeles, on July 5, 2013 Howard tweeted that he will instead play the 2013-14 season with the Houston Rockets.
Along with Ice Cube, the Kings Of The Mic Tour featured De La Soul, Public Enemy and headliner LL Cool J. “Some of you muthafuckers out there didn’t think I could still do this shit,” Cube said to the audience near the end of his performance, which was the final stop of the tour. “Some of y’all thought I was all movie’d-out. Y’all thought I was TV’d-out. Y’all thought I was Coors Lite-the-fuck-out. No muthafucker, no. Let me tell y’all something. Ice Cube is always gonna be a b-boy—always have been, always will be. When I get about 70 or 80 [years old], you muthafuckers can come see me in [Las Vegas] and shit.”