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Photo Credit: AP The Los Angeles Lakers were not the only team that lost out when Dwight Howard decided to sign with the Houston Rockets; multiple teams, notably the Dallas Mavericks were also in pursuit. Mavericks fans even tried sweetening the pot by offering Howard a lifetime supply of chicken fingers! (how this didn’t work, I will never know. Dwight Howard is a stronger man than I am.) However, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, never at a loss for an opinion, says that the Mavericks may actually benefit from losing out on Howard. Here is what he said to ESPN Dallas: “I think we’ve put ourselves in a spot where we’re in a better spot than we were at if we got just the one max-out deal,” Cuban told ESPNDallas.com during the Mavs’ summer league game Wednesday night. “I think it’d be better shorter and longer term. I don’t want to make that sound the wrong way. I think we’ll be better this year because we added five good players or more.” “Obviously we didn’t get Dwight,” Cuban said. “We took a chance, and it didn’t happen. I think we put together a really good team. It sticks within the culture we’ve tried to define. We’ve dealt with some of the weaknesses we had from last year. Hopefully if we stay healthy, good things will happen.” Cuban has said this summer is the beginning of a two-year plan to rebuild the Mavs into a championship contender. “Obviously, we were disappointed we didn’t get Dwight, but we pretty much got everything else we wanted to get and then some. Much more,” Cuban said. “We never thought we’d be able to get Monta. It turned into a good summer. Now, the key is to get everybody playing together, get everyone healthy, keep them healthy and go.” If this were the case, then why would the Mavericks go after Howard in the first place? Cuban really sounds like a sore loser here trying to rationalize his failed experiment from two years ago when the Mavs let Tyson Chandler walk out the door, conceding any chance his team had to defend their championship. The Mavericks didn’t need a two-year plan to rebuild into a championship contender because, y’know, they were already the champions. But hey, anytime you can get Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon, and Samuel Dalembert instead of Dwight Howard, you gotta do it, right? Wrong. By: Frank Santos- Pass the Pill Manager The post Mark Cuban: Mavericks ‘in a better spot’ without Dwight Howard appeared first on Pass The Pill - Kings of Hoops.
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Not to go all Broussard on you, but Dwight Howard has told Christine Vest she isn’t allowed to tell anyone it is his kid and she isn’t allowed to move to Houston with him.
She will have to stay in California and raise the kid like the other 7 baby mamas, alone while Dwight parties with James Harden.
Cute kid though. Jocks and Stiletto Jill found the photos on Christine’s Instagram...
Dwight Howard has certainly had his share of critics following his decision to join the Houston Rockets. (OK. He had plenty before then as well.)
One such critic came in the form of Howard's former coach Mike D'Antoni. Howard had been vocal in the past about how he asked the Lakers to hire Phil Jackson following the firing of Mike Brown last season instead of D'Antoni...
LAS VEGAS -- Mark Cuban isn't sweating whiffing on Dwight Howard. Not even in the desert.
The NBA's most involved and quoted owner has always been the eternal optimist when it comes to the personnel dealings of the Dallas Mavericks. What else would you expect? So Cuban and his front office went to work when the Mavs finished tied for last in the Howard Sweepstakes.
A lot of civic pride gets wrapped up into these things we call NBA teams. Maybe that is why we get so emotional when players leave because it is like they are betraying the entire city.
That is something Dwight Howard knows having left Orlando after eight years and Los Angeles after one tumultuous year.
Yet, he is Houston's now and the city is embracing him as the conquering...
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban sure does flip-flop his stance on certain positions.
Cuban constantly gets in on the sweepstakes for the high-profile free agent of the summer, only to lose out on that player, and then claim he didn’t need him.
Cuban made reference to that point last summer, when he deemed the Mavericks inability to sign Deron Williams as a good thing.
The Dallas Mavericks will be better off in the immediate future because they missed out on Dwight Howard, allowing them to sign several other free agents, owner Mark Cuban said.
"I think we've put ourselves in a spot where we're in a better spot than we were at if we got just the one max-out deal," Cuban told ESPNDallas.com during the Mavs' summer league game...
The struggling Dallas Mavericks are better off after missing out on
Dwight Howard, according to owner Mark Cuban.
Dwight Howard wanted things to be about him L.A., and in Mike D’Antoni’s fast paced, pick and roll system, that was not to be.
Howard has moved on, taking his talents to Houston, and the now the Lakers need to adjust. Lakers point guard Steve Nash is prepared to move on, and told the L.A. Times, that the “Lakers offense will be more fluid without Dwight Howard.”
The funny part isn’t the kid, it is the white dude in the back screaming….
“WHO GOT DWIGHT HOWARD!!!”
The Houston Rockets announced on Monday that they are planning to bring back Hakeem Olajuwon for the first time since 2001 as a mentor for their interior players. We all know what that means — Olajuwom will be brought on board to work with Dwight Howard. On paper, the move sounds like a no-brainer for the Rockets. [...]
An interesting opportunity has arisen from Dwight Howard officially taking his talents to Houston. Omer Asik has made his desire not to play behind Howard known via a trade request.
The San Antonio Spurs should seize the moment and see if the Houston Rockets would be willing to entertain Asiks’ trade request. Now trading to an intra-divisional foe would be a misstep by Houston...
The ESPYs came and went Wednesday night. It is OK if you did not notice as they are pretty meaningless and pointless. However, it is a nice bit of entertainment and occassionally a good joke comes out of it.
Mad Men actor John Hamm was this year's host and he was out throwing haymakers in his opening monologue at the NOKIA Theater in Los Angeles last night. Whether it was...
According to ESPN, after losing the Dwight Howard sweepstakes, the Lakers plan to make a run at NBA All-Star’s, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, in 2014 free agency.
The Los Angeles Lakers, whose plan to re-sign center Dwight Howard did not pan out this offseason, are poised to rebuild fast by focusing on the two biggest free agents of 2014 – LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony...
Andrew Wiggins was named the 2013 Gatorade High School Male Athlete of the Year.
Wiggins is the sixth basketball player to win the award in its 11-year history and the first since Brandon Knight.
"It feels pretty good to know I'm the first Canadian to get this, so it's really big for my country," he said. "I really wanted to win it."
Kevin Love, Greg Oden...