September 27, 2012 |
Little by little, there are hints that Dwight Howard's surgically repaired back is healing. The latest: Howard appeared on "Ellen" and performed the "Gangnam Style" dance for 45 seconds. If he can look that smooth and mobile on the dance floor, imagine how he'll look on the basketball court. Still, Howard looked out of breath after the dance, suggesting his conditioning could improve. Or perhaps he was just overwhelmed by the moment. After all, Howard revealed on the show that he's had a crush on Ellen DeGeneres ever since hearing her "sexy" voice as Dory in "Finding Nemo.
December 7, 2012 |
Lakers center Dwight Howard shows off his silly side in a new Foot Locker/Adidas advertisement as an off-the-court "Ghost Hunter. " Along with Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, Howard is the NBA face of Adidas. What's puzzling is why Robert Sacre wasn't available to play his teammate and who exactly are the other "Lakers" on the floor? More importantly, can any of them play point guard? YouTube offers a glimpse behind the scenes as Howard shoots the video with the pseudo-Lakers.
January 13, 2013 |
Lakers center Dwight Howard has been cleared to play on Sunday night against the Cavaliers. Howard has been battling with a shoulder injury since Jan. 4, after colliding with Clippers forward Caron Butler. The Lakers big man tried to play through pain but aggravated it the following Sunday against the Denver Nuggets. The injury was reported as a torn labrum by the Lakers. Howard later corrected the report, saying the labrum was just pulled away from the bone, not torn. Howard missed three games this week, all losses.
November 22, 2012 |
With a tip of the hat to Yahoo! Sports' Ball Don't Lie , a petition has surfaced at Change.org pleading with Lakers center Dwight Howard to lose his headband. Howard spent eight seasons with the Orlando Magic, who had a no-headband policy. Now that he's with the Lakers, Howard has been taking advantage of his newfound freedom. The petition, initiated by Henry Erickson, has a simple explanation, "It looks ridiculous. " The message on the petition, addressed to Dwight Howard is brief, "Take off the headband.
November 20, 2012 |
Returning from back surgery, Dwight Howard admitted recently that he's still not quite himself. Howard is typically the league leader in rebounding. So far this season he's fifth overall at 11.4 boards per game. Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies is first at 13.8 followed by Anderson Varejao (13.1), Omer Asik (12.3) and Al Jefferson (12.3). Over the course of his career, Howard has a 13 rebounding per game average. Before his injury last year with the Orlando Magic, Howard collected a career high 14.5.
October 25, 2012 |
Dwight Howard told Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco on ESPN New York radio that the Brooklyn Nets were indeed his first choice this off-season, according to Mike Mazzeo of ESPNNewYork.com . "I did want to go to Brooklyn. That's a place where I told the Magic that I really wanted to go," Howard said. This isn't necessarily a startling revelation since Howard's intentions were well-known throughout the process, but Howard confirmed any doubt Thursday with that interview.
March 6, 2013 |
Dwight Howard had an acrimonious departure from the Orlando Magic. Naturally, with his debut as a visitor in Orlando nearing (March 12), shots are already being fired across the country. "My team in Orlando was a team full of people who nobody wanted," said Howard in a video interview with CBS2/KCAL9 . "I was the leader and I led that team with a smile on my face. " Howard and the Magic advanced to the NBA Finals in 2009, losing to Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. Former teammate and current Magic point guard Jameer Nelson took exception to Howard's characterization.
November 24, 2012 |
Before the Lakers' road trip, Dwight Howard noted that he's recovering well from off-season back surgery but stamina remains a concern. "I've been playing a lot of minutes," said Howard. It's not a matter of pain for Howard. It's muscle fatigue that Howard has to battle. Playing on back-to-back nights or heavy minutes in general might have something to do with his diminished performance the last two games. In 39 minutes against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, Howard scored only seven points and collected just four rebounds.
November 12, 2012 |
Dwight Howard is looking forward to the arrival of Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni, after days of speculation that the team would hire Phil Jackson. "I really didn't know what was going to happen, besides what I heard at the game, 'We want Phil,'" said Howard, echoing the chants from the fans at Staples Center. Howard, who had a contentious relationship with former Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy has tried to stay politically correct through the Lakers' journey from Mike Brown to interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff and now to D'Antoni.
October 9, 2012 |
For the first time since having back surgery six months ago, Dwight Howard participated in full-court five-on-five scrimmages. So when Howard will actually step on the court? It won't happen Wednesday, when the Lakers are scheduled to play the Portland Trail Blazers in Ontario. And Howard wouldn't say if he'd be ready for the following preseason game, Saturday against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. "I'm getting there," Howard said. "I'm getting better. " Howard's participation in five-on-five drills happened in what the Lakers called "limited minutes," and he said he needs to improve his conditioning.