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Los Angeles Lakers
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Orlando Magic take the first step in the post-Dwight Howard era Friday night when they open the season at home against the Denver Nuggets, and it's still anyone's guess as to what direction they are headed.
Howard was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in August. Gone too in offseason trades are power forward Ryan Anderson and shooting guard Jason Richardson, which means the Magic are without three of the four top scorers from last season when they finished 37-29 and lost to Indiana in the first round of the playoffs.
In fact, the only holdovers from last year's regular-season rotation are guards Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick and forwards Glen Davis and Hedo Turkoglu. Throw in rookie head coach Jacque Vaughn, who brings a new style of play, and it's easy to understand why no one knows how the season will unfold.
"You can't put a timetable on something like this," Nelson said. "We don't know how many wins we're goi...
BEST OF MAXIM
ORLANDO - At least for one night, life without All-NBA center Dwight Howard doesn't look so bad. The rebuilt Orlando Magic, starting without Howard for the first time in eight seasons, opened a new era Friday night with a 102-89 victory over the Denver Nuggets. Forward Glen Davis, who has happily accepted the new leadership role, led everyone with 29 points and 10 rebounds...
Dwight Howard's 33 points and 14 rebounds were not enough for the Los Angeles Lakers in a 116-106 loss to the inspired Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.
Nicolas Batum had 26 points and the Blazers led by as many as 19 in handing the Lakers their second straight loss to open the season. Damian Lillard, the sixth overall pick in the June draft, had 22 points and 11 assists...
Dwight Howard is fouled as he goes up for a dunk.
The Lakers got huge games from both Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant, but turnovers and bad defense did them in again, as they dropped to 0-2 on the young season, with a 116-106 loss in Portland.
For the second straight night, the Lakers floundered and flailed, and were again unable to mount any real consistent play in dropping yet...
When he’s not attempting to punch dudes in the junk during the Olympics, Portland Trail Blazer, Nicolas Batum, spends his Wednesday nights posterizing perennial defensive players of the year. Watch Batum take Pau Gasol to the hole and finish hard in the face of shot-blocking extraordinaire, Dwight Howard. Yikes! This jam by Nicolas Batum came with about 7:00 minutes to go...
In an interesting article by Yahoo! Sports, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard had plans on joining forces. They were teammates in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and grew closer. Apparently, Chris Paul wanted Dwight Howard to come to New Orleans and play for the Hornets. On the other hand, Dwight Howard wanted Chris Paul to come to Orlando and play for the Magic. When they realized...
Chris Paul and Dwight Howard have discussed playing together since 2009.
With the NBA season underway, I decided to make one bold prediction for each division for the upcoming fantasy basketball season. Central: Greg Monroe will finish as the number two fantasy center 2012 Stats: 15.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.7 blocks, 0.0 3PM, 0.521 FG%, 0.739 FT% While Dwight Howard is [...]
While uncertainty still surrounds the Orlando Magic and Phoenix Suns after major offseason changes, both teams appear to have gained some confidence with wins under their belts.
Orlando's season-opening victory, however, came at a cost.
Hoping to overcome Hedo Turkoglu's absence, the Magic try for a fourth consecutive win over the visiting Suns on Sunday night.
PORTLAND -- The Los Angeles Lakers may yet work themselves into position to be a bonafide contender for the NBA championship. They're a long way from that point now. Portland forward Nicolas Batum scored 26 points and got plenty of scoring help from his teammates as the Trail Blazers toppled the Lakers 116-106 Wednesday night at the Rose Garden. It was the second loss in...