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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 2, 2012 |
Dwight Howard caught passes and penetrated in the post. He labored up and down the court. Even toward the tail end of Tuesday's practice, the Lakers center went three of five from three-point range. "You might see some," Howard boasted afterward. That might not be a good thing. Lakers fans remember all too well how Andrew Bynum earned a benching last year for taking an ill-advised three-pointer. But everything else surrounding Howard's full practice on Tuesday five months after having back surgery sounded positive.
July 8, 2013 |
Last Friday, free-agent center Dwight Howard chose the Houston Rockets over the Lakers, and the reaction across the Internet has been mixed. "While the Lakers must plot for next summer, when every contract except [Steve] Nash's comes off the books, Houston can search for one more headliner to place alongside Howard and [James] Harden," wrote Lee Jenkins of SI.com . "The NBA's big domino has fallen, a moment Howard has anticipated for nearly two years. Mercifully, all the pondering and speculating and jockeying are behind him. " Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle wrote that the Rockets "finally hooked the biggest fish in the NBA's free-agent pond.
April 29, 2013 |
Dwight Howard left Sunday's loss (103-82) to the San Antonio Spurs a bit early, getting ejected in the third quarter. The Spurs ended the Lakers' season with a four-game sweep. Howard took to Twitter in the early hours Monday morning to apologize, as shown below (some punctuation added): I'm still upset about tonight's game and the way this season ended. I'm mad I lost my cool. I'm sorry for letting my team and our fans down when - Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) April 29, 2013 when they needed me the most.