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Stan Is Tired Of The Bullshit

My favorite part of that video interview is the impeccable timing in which Dwight comes in for the photobomb just as soon as Stan calls him out followed by the awkward tension when Dwight puts his arm around him.

It’s hard to tell if it’s just their camaraderie or if it’s more like a, “watch what you say about me cause I can rip your face in half with one hand” kind of a gesture.

And such is the current state of this Orlando Magic team.

At this point though, I feel for Stan and would rather he leave/get fired so he can coach a better team (Clippers, amirite??) and in his own words, not deal with any more of the bullshit.

(mark) (h/t treykerbz)

The very latest Dwight Howard development here. And a quiz! Which of these statements has Dwight Howard not expressed?
1) Dwight Howard wants to be traded from Orlando.
2) Dwight Howard loves playing in Orlando.
3) Dwight Howard loves playing with his teammates and coach.
4) Dwight Howard wants new teammates and a different coach.
5) Dwight Howard wants to finish the season in Orlando.
6) Dwight Howard does not want to sign an opt-in clause that would keep him in Orlando through the end of next season.
ANSWER: none of the above!

The very latest Dwight Howard development here. And a quiz! Which of these statements has Dwight Howard not expressed?

1) Dwight Howard wants to be traded from Orlando.

2) Dwight Howard loves playing in Orlando.

3) Dwight Howard loves playing with his teammates and coach.

4) Dwight Howard wants new teammates and a different coach.

5) Dwight Howard wants to finish the season in Orlando.

6) Dwight Howard does not want to sign an opt-in clause that would keep him in Orlando through the end of next season.

ANSWER: none of the above!

Via Adrian Wojnarowski

So, the indecisive Dwight Howard has decided to finish the rest of the season with Orlando. Of course, all of this could change as soon as two hours from now or on Thursday. 

The NBA Store is selling Dwight Howard New Jersey Nets t-shirts. What do they know that we don’t?
@Suga_Shane

The NBA Store is selling Dwight Howard New Jersey Nets t-shirts. What do they know that we don’t?

@Suga_Shane

With the combination of Howard’s disdain for confrontation, desire to be liked and a pragmatic belief that a trade is no longer in his best long-term interests, Howard has created an illusion with the Magic that there are factors that could cause him to sign an extension with the team.

Dwight Howard: He’s determined to leave the Magic for the Nets, either now or later - NBA - Yahoo! Sports

Adrian Wojnarowski on the Dwight Howard situation. You should read the article, but the Cliff Notes version of it. Magic owners believe they can keep Howard, long term as long as they acquire talented pieces. Magic GM Otis Smith and coach Stan Van Gundy know that Howard is leaving and would want the team to make a deal to put an end to this long and drawn out process. Howard will sign with the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets at the start of summer free agency. 

So, ideally, the Magic should trade Howard to whatever team offers the best deal in return and it seems like the Nets don’t have a lot to offer in a trade and Howard could make more money if he just signed as a free agent. 

The Magic’s monumental implosion Thursday night in a contest in which they once held a 27-point lead, was, to say the least, responsible for inducing millions of facepalms across the land and all manner of fans’ skewering analysis. The scoreboard going into the half was 58-37, in favor of Orlando. But just how did the Magic end up in the hands of such an ugly fate, at the end of only 48 minutes? (I mean, it didn’t even go into O.T.!) NBA Playbook provides some video post-mortem. 

Without Ray Allen, Keyon Dooling, Mickael “Peaches” Pietrus, and Rajon Rondo, the Boston Celtics held the Orlando Magic to 56 points. 56 points over four quarters of basketball. Was it an off night for Orlando or a glimmer of hope for the Celtics to build upon? 

Without Ray Allen, Keyon Dooling, Mickael “Peaches” Pietrus, and Rajon Rondo, the Boston Celtics held the Orlando Magic to 56 points. 56 points over four quarters of basketball. Was it an off night for Orlando or a glimmer of hope for the Celtics to build upon? 

Free Throws: Dwight Howard, Mark Price and America

Let’s talk free throws for a minute.

Last night Dwight Howard set the NBA record for free throw attempts in a game (39), but hitting only 21 of them didn’t really bring him close to breaking the record for free throws made in a made (Chamberlain, 28). 

Meanwhile in Milwaukee, the Pistons and Bucks set another free throw record, combining to hit all 41 out of 41 free throws on the night. Greg Monroe, a career 77% charity striper, went 8 for 8, also putting up 32 points and 16 rebounds.

For that, Mark Price applauds you. Mark Price and America applaud you.

NBA Haikus - 2011-2012 Season Preview - The Southeast Division

It’s going to be a short season after an even shorter off-season. We had limited time to track player movement, team development and bring you in depth team analysis, like we did last year. So the bros and bro-ettes at NBAO decided we’ll follow in the footsteps of the NBA and provide you with abbreviated team previews in the best way possible, haikus.

Our third installment of NBA Haikus is dedicated to the Eastern Conference’s Southeast Division. This division has a ton of star power and always gets 3 teams into the playoffs despite not having a single team play in one of the top 5 television market

Eastern Conference - Southeast Division:

Atlanta Hawks:
Add a great scorer 
His name, Tracy McGrady 
A decade too late
__________ 

Charlotte Bobcats:
Can Kemba play point
Boris Diaw likes cream sauce
Bismac Biyombo
__________ 

Miami Heat:
The Big 3 play D
Stuntin’ on the Jumbotron
Quarters one through three
__________ 

Orlando Magic:
Dwight Howard won’t stay
Deal with it, Orlando fans
Please fire Otis Smith
__________ 

Washington Wizards:
Bullets hands are back
Red, white, and blue stripes are cool
Rashard makes too much
__________  

Read more NBA HaikusAtlantic DivisionCentral DivisionSoutheast DivisionNorthwest DivisionPacific DivisionSouthwest Division

Penned by the undiscovered poets of the tumblrwebs:KristinDouglasMark,ThomasSeanCarlosMichaelKeith, Parker, and Shane.


According to Adrian Wojnarowski and his sources, it looks like the Orlando Magic are going to stick it out with Dwight Howard this season. 

According to Adrian Wojnarowski and his sources, it looks like the Orlando Magic are going to stick it out with Dwight Howard this season. 

Just a reminder about Dwight Howard:
Everyone’s been clamoring about Chris Paul lately that the media has sort-of stopped talking about the 2nd best player in the NBA, Dwight Howard. I don’t think they’ve forgotten about him as much as they all know exactly where Dwight’s going to end up. 
Sorry, Orlando, the only blue Dwight wants to wear is Forum Blue. 
@Suga_Shane

Just a reminder about Dwight Howard:

Everyone’s been clamoring about Chris Paul lately that the media has sort-of stopped talking about the 2nd best player in the NBA, Dwight Howard. 

I don’t think they’ve forgotten about him as much as they all know exactly where Dwight’s going to end up. 

Sorry, Orlando, the only blue Dwight wants to wear is Forum Blue

@Suga_Shane

Dwight Howard. 

Dwight Howard. 

Highlights from Dwight Howard’s All-Star Game

This was pretty fun to watch if only for Courtney Lee, Brandon Bass, and Matt Barnes actually playing like the NBA was back. It also makes me sad that Courtney Lee sort of faded into obscurity when he could have been huge if Orlando chose to keep him.

Other notable highlights: Gina Marie singing the national anthem, awesome fan who yelled out “WE LOVE YOU PENNY!” during Gina Marie’s singing of the national anthem, Gortat’s Jumpman dunk, Courtney Lee windmill dunk, Penny in those all white Foamposites, and Gilbert Arenas doing a through-the-legs dunk off the trampoline.

What bummed me out a bit though is that if the current NBA season does get cancelled in its entirety, that means Orlando will lose its stake in holding the All-Star game this year and will have to take the next available slot in 2015. A cancelled season also means Dwight Howard is free from his contract and this charity game could possibly be the last game he’s played in Orlando. And if that were the case, Dwight would have ended his career at least on somewhat of a high note: playing alongside his former teammates and friends in front of the city’s most die-hard fans as if he was creating an Orlando Magic Greatest Hits mixtape for himself to look back on one day.

Or it could just be Dwight hosting a fun game for charity with a bunch of players who are equally bored and ready to play any semblance of basketball in front of an audience since there isn’t very much progress on if or when the next NBA season will start.

Just some thoughts to mull over if you are a Magic fan.

(mark)

Dwight Howard’s Charity All-Star Game
Good news for Orlando basketball fans! Dwight Howard is hosting a charity basketball game at UCF arena on Sunday, November 13th. The event plans to bring together Orlando Magic players past and present with proceeds going towards “Plant Seeds, Cultivate Them, and Watch them Grow”, which supports youth education, health & activity, character development, and social responsibility around the globe.
Now that’s out of the way, here are the confirmed players for Sunday’s game:
Dwight Howard (of course)
Steve Francis (!)
Penny Hardaway (!!)
Vince Carter
Gilbert Arenas
Brandon Bass
Trevor Ariza
Carlos Arroyo
Earl Clark
Drew Gooden
Rashard Lewis
Mike Miller
Chris Duhon
Daniel Orton
Jameer Nelson
Ryan Anderson
Jason Richardson
Quentin Richardson
DeShawn Stevenson
Dwight also invited Shaquille O’Neal, Courtney Lee, and a few others who have not yet confirmed. All in all, this is a pretty dream lineup and would be worth the admission just to see Penny Hardaway and Gilbert Arenas run the floor together. The only way this could get better is if Shaq confirms (potential Shaq and Penny reunion OMG) or if the Fat Shawn Kemp makes a surprise appearance.
(via Orlando Sentinel / tickets on sale HERE)

Dwight Howard’s Charity All-Star Game

Good news for Orlando basketball fans! Dwight Howard is hosting a charity basketball game at UCF arena on Sunday, November 13th. The event plans to bring together Orlando Magic players past and present with proceeds going towards “Plant Seeds, Cultivate Them, and Watch them Grow”, which supports youth education, health & activity, character development, and social responsibility around the globe.

Now that’s out of the way, here are the confirmed players for Sunday’s game:

  • Dwight Howard (of course)
  • Steve Francis (!)
  • Penny Hardaway (!!)
  • Vince Carter
  • Gilbert Arenas
  • Brandon Bass
  • Trevor Ariza
  • Carlos Arroyo
  • Earl Clark
  • Drew Gooden
  • Rashard Lewis
  • Mike Miller
  • Chris Duhon
  • Daniel Orton
  • Jameer Nelson
  • Ryan Anderson
  • Jason Richardson
  • Quentin Richardson
  • DeShawn Stevenson

Dwight also invited Shaquille O’Neal, Courtney Lee, and a few others who have not yet confirmed. All in all, this is a pretty dream lineup and would be worth the admission just to see Penny Hardaway and Gilbert Arenas run the floor together. The only way this could get better is if Shaq confirms (potential Shaq and Penny reunion OMG) or if the Fat Shawn Kemp makes a surprise appearance.

(via Orlando Sentinel / tickets on sale HERE)

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