Multitude of whistles put Dwight Howard in a foul mood

There’s something irking Dwight Howard, and it goes beyond the Lakers’ 0-3 record or his surgically repaired back.

It involves avoiding the referees’ whistle.

“The only thing I can do is stay positive and not let it affect the way I play,” said Howard, who’s averaged 5.3 fouls per game. “Sometimes it has an effect because I want to do so good and help our team win. It’s tough.”

In the Lakers’ season-opening loss to Dallas, Howard collected six fouls and earned a flagrant foul one on Mavericks forward Elton Brand.

“I felt like I got fouled on the other end,” Howard said. “I kind of complained for a second so I was just getting back on defense. … I have to get back. I can’t look at the refs and complain.”

– Reported by Mark Medina of theĀ Los Angeles Daily News