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 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.
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.
July 1, 2013
Writers from around the Tribune Co. will predict whether free agent Dwight Howard will re-sign with the Lakers or move on to another team. Feel free to join the conversation with a comment of your own. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times If Dwight Howard truly intends to base his decision on basketball reasons - a phrase the Lakers have already grown to detest - then there's only one destination that makes sense, at least for next season: Houston....
June 9, 2009 |
Staff writer Mike Bresnahan ties up some loose ends on days of Lakers playoff games: That didn't take long. The Orlando Magic lost the first two games of the Finals, enough for Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi to publicly question Magic center Dwight Howard. "The fact is, Dwight is too predictable in the paint," Bianchi wrote. "Because his moves are so basic, Lakers defenders seem to know what he's going to do when he catches the ball.
February 18, 2009 |
at Orlando 107, Charlotte 102 (OT): Dwight Howard had a career-high 45 points to go with 19 rebounds and eight blocks for the Magic. It was his 18th consecutive double-double, tying Shaquille O'Neal's franchise record. Milwaukee 92, at Detroit 86: Richard Jefferson scored 29 points against the slumping Pistons, who have lost seven of their last eight at home.
October 24, 2012 |
As Dwight Howard left the Lakers locker room following his debut with the team Sunday evening, he was greeted by a large shiny object. The Stanley Cup. When he approached the trophy, he was tentative. "I just want the one for basketball," Howard said. Howard, who was drafted by the Orlando Magic as the top overall pick in 2004, has never won an NBA championship and reached the NBA Finals only once in his eight seasons with the team. He surely would rather be meeting Larry over Stanley, but after a few seconds of standing next to hockey's championship trophy, the charismatic center warmed to the object.