Pick almost any Los Angeles Lakers game and you will see Dwight Howard putting on an epically obvious display of bad body language—shrugging, crinkling a corner of his mouth into a sneer and throwing his hands up in confusion. Howard's certainly not the only notable NBA player failing to hide his emotions on the court, but his physical displays of bewilderment and disinterest might be the ones worthy of the most scrutiny.
Bad body language among NBA stars does not originate from any one particular source. Sometimes, it’s a product of personal disappointment. In other instances, it is the result of a player’s dissatisfaction with his team’s performance or direction.
In the case of Howard, it seems to come from a desire to communicate his acute arrogance and indifference toward his team’s struggles. It is as though he’s trying to physically show everyone watching that none of the Lakers’ embarrassing failures really bother him all that much.
Because of its many underlying causes, bad body language manifests itself in a number of ways. We are all familiar with the sulking of players like the Sacramento Kings' Tyreke Evans, marked by downcast eyes and slowly shuffling steps.
There is also the distant stare of Kobe Bryant, who cannot hide his frustration over what is looking like a brilliant individual year being wasted.
There are plenty of varieties of bad body language to choose from, but the one commonality between each of these NBA stars is that they are all letting their emotions show through a little too clearly this year.