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The Magic's defense was a mess last year.
After years of relying on Dwight Howard to anchor one of the league's top defenses, the young Magic squad predictably did not do as well. According to Basketball-Reference, the Magic posted a defensive rating of 109.1, good for 25th in the league. Again, this was expected with a young squad still learning the ropes of the NBA.
Breaking down the defense even more, the Magic really struggled in the pick and roll. That is the bread and butter of almost every NBA offense. And there was no doubting the Magic struggled with it.
Jameer Nelson was already pretty well known as an average defender at best. Glen Davis, the team's best pick and roll and post defender was injured in mid-December. Nikola Vucevic struggled throughout the year containing ball handlers or sticking with his man on the roll. It pulled the defense apart and put the Magic behind the 8-ball.
Then comes the inexper...
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Dwight Howard has yet to play a game for the Rockets, but the new Houston center is fitting right in to his new Texas lifestyle after attending a high school football game on Thursday night.
In a Houston-area high school student's Hail Mary attempt of a tweet, he invited Howard to attend George Ranch High School's white out game against Foster High School in the Houston...
Thanks to the realm of Twitter, people can request things from their favorite actors and athletes and sometimes those dreams can come true.
Recently, a George Ranch high school football player from Richmond, Texas requested that Dwight Howard and Chandler Parsons attend his game against Foster High School in person over the Twitterverse:
@21bcross where’s that at. I might show...
New Rocket Dwight Howard is healthy and talking about bringing a championship to Houston.
Howard says: ''We have an opportunity to do something special if we stay together and stay focused.''
He was slowed last year after offseason back surgery, which played a part in a disappointing and difficult season with the Lakers. The center's signing propelled the James...
Dwight Howard left guaranteed money on the table when he left the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this off-season, but he also left a winning franchise; a franchise that has won sixteen NBA championships with five of those rings coming in the 2000s.
Yet Dwight says that he left the purple and gold in order “to win”, to which I have the following reaction:
Here’s the video of Dwight...
You think Kobe Bryant is sick of talking about Dwight Howard yet? Speaking at Los Angeles Lakers Media Day Saturday, Bryant was surrounded by reporters and asked questions about Howard’s choice to leave the Lakers for the Houston Rockets. They were the same questions Bryant answered all summer, so no doubt he was tired of […]
The fine folks over at Reddit NBA find some pretty cool NBA-related stuff on a daily basis and earlier today, a Redditor by the name of Redskyy03 posted an image of the Houston Rockets opening game tickets.
Check out Dwight Howard and James Harden screaming tickets for their season opener against the Charlotte Bobcats:
Dwight Howard image courtesy of Getty Images
Dwight Howard decided to add his two cent to the Twitter/Instagram spat between Kevin Durant and Dwyane Wade. Wade for his part says it isn’t a gimmick, he was really irked that KD thinks James Harden is better than him.
Harden of course doesn’t care, but Dwight gave him some advice anyway.
Harden told Comcast SportsNet in Houston today that he believes the Wade/Durant exchange...
Omer Asik quickly declared that the Rockets have “the best center in the league.” He was not talking about Omer Asik.
The addition of Dwight Howard could most immediately impact Asik the Rockets’ incumbent at the position. But Asik said he would be ready for whatever should come when the Rockets begin practices today. The famously reticent fourth-year center said he is prepared...
In case you thought that Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant had any positive feelings about former teammate Dwight Howard, those can all be dispelled in the below tweet.
Check out Kobe’s thoughts from the Lakers media day as reporter by the Sporting News Sean Deveney:
Kobe Bryant was asked about his surprise level when Dwight Howard left: "Honestly, man, I don't really...
Kobe Bryant is nothing if not brutally honest.
The Lakers may be trying to gear up for the 2014 campaign, but before they can focus on the upcoming season, they were forced to face some blemishes from the past. During their annual media day on Saturday, Bryant was asked about his feelings regarding Dwight Howard‘s departure from the team.
Kobe Bryant was asked about his surprise...
Omer Asik signed a three year $25 million deal with the Houston Rockets last summer on the premise that he would get the chance to display his skills as the teams starting center.
So you’ll have to excuse the change in Asik’s disposition when talk of him and Dwight Howard playing together come up. Asik has reportedly asked for a trade only to have the Rockets assure him that...
I recently wrote about what the biggest story lines will be in the Eastern Conference throughout the upcoming season. Don’t worry though, the Western Conference can throw down some drama too. For those who haven’t had enough Dwight Howard in their news-feed, fret not for he will be in here. He may even show up ...The post 5 Biggest Story Lines in the Western Conference appeared...
A new Lakers season is about to begin. Dwight Howard is gone, the team has no expectations and it’s a fresh start for everyone – even Mike D’Antoni. However, thanks to the release of Jeanie Buss‘ new book, the events of last November have been brought up once again.
In an excerpt of Jeanie’s updated book “Laker Girl” – which was published by the Los Angeles Times...
EL SEGUNDO, CA The heat is on the Lakers as basketball's most popular franchise tries to recover from a devastating injury to one of the game's all-time greats, and the not-so-surprising defection of a potential Hall of Famer who was thought to be the next face of the franchise.
Nobody's seat is toastier than that of General Manager Mitch Kupchak, who met with reporters...
Media Days are getting set to kick off training camps all around the NBA. Well, if you are one of the teams going overseas for exhibition games like the Bulls or Thunder, the teams met the media for the first time as the season gets set to start and the real work gets set to begin.
Until then, there is still some fun and some play to get out of the way before the serious work...