Dwight Howard was busted using Stickum on Saturday (March 19) during the Houston Rockets’ game against the Hawks.
According to reports, Howard applied a Stickum spray to his hands from a can covered in white tape while waiting to re-enter the game late in the first quarter.
Then, as he checked back into the game after Hawks forward Paul Millsap made the first first of two free throws, he grabbed the ball from the official… and when Millsap got the ball back, he immediately questioned what was on it.
“I’ve never felt the ball like that, ever,” Millsap said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “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.”
From there, official Monty McCutchen investigated before issuing a warning to each bench: “Stickum is illegal in the NBA.”
Howard was not penalized… and after the game, he said that he’s openly sprayed the sticky substance on his hands for the past five years. “I don’t know why people are making a big deal out of it,” he said. “I do it every game. It’s not a big deal. I ain’t tripping.”