Found March 23, 2012 on
The Daily Rival:
He was leaving, then he was staying, then it looked certain he would be leaving. But, nah, Dwight Howard punk’d all of us as decided to stay with the Magic, as far-from-thilled he looked and sounded about it.
But now a new, scandalous, shocking, loosely-sourced report about Howard’s formerly potential move to the New Jersey Nets has surfaced. But this isn’t the enterprising work of NBA scribes such as Adrian Wojnarowski, Marc Stein, Ken Berger or even gossip monger and eardrum exploder Chris Broussard. The one with the hot scoop this time is … Larry King?
We go to King’s Twitter, where on Wednesday he dropped this exclusive:
You read it here. Dwight Howard had agreed to be traded to the Nets, but had a last minute change of heart and stayed with the Magic.
— Larry King(@kingsthings) March 22, 2012
My source is reliable. If Dwight wants to comment, I can’t tell Dwight what to say.
— Larry King(@kingsthings) March 22, 2012
Hard to take this seriously, given King has no real credentials when it comes to sports reporting. But then again, King is from New York and, like, 125 years old and probably has known people in the Nets organization since the days when Rick Barry was on the team.
Who knows, this might be King’s way of showing people he’s still got what it takes to be news broadcasting. I personally would love to see King do show about sports. I’m sure we can find a spot for him somewhere in ESPN 2′s weekday afternoon lineup, where everybody who’s ever learned how to read a teleprompter seems to have a show already anyway.
[H/T BDL; Photo via]
BEST OF MAXIM
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That's the plan, anyway."
From Nate Drexler of Magic Basketball.net:
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