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Jeanie Buss response to ESPN Article was off the mark

The critical piece about Kobe Bryant in ESPN Magazine by HenryAbbott certainly made waves this past week in the basketball world. In his article, Abbott openly asked whether Bryant has been heavily or even primarily responsible for the Lakers downfall since they last won an NBA title back in 2010. (*Note for people who have difficulty understanding things or those that don't...
Via The Daily Sports Herald
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

NBA 30 Teams/30 Days Preview: Will Harden and Howard prove to be winners in Houston?

Editor's note: This is the 23nd of Sam Amico's 30 NBA team previews entering the 2014-15 season. Projected Starters C Dwight Howard; PF Terrence Jones; SF Trevor Ariza; SG James Harden; PG Patrick Beverly. Key Reserves F Jeff Adrien; F Donatas Motiejunas; SF Francisco Garcia; PF-C Joey Dorsey; G Jason Terry; G Troy Daniels; SF Kostas Papanikolaou; PF Josh Powell; PG Ish Smith...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rockets News: Hakeem Olajuwon says Dwight Howard 'ready' for MVP season

Dwight Howard has had high expectations the moment his name was announced with the first pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. Now, reports have one of his coaches with the Houston Rockets calling Howard “ready” for an MVP-caliber season.By Jose Garcia, c/o Wikimedia CommonsIt’s important to note the coach mentioning Howard in the MVP conversation is Hakeem Olajuwon, a former MVP center...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jeanie Buss: Anyone Afraid To Play With Kobe ‘Is Probably A Loser’

Jeanie Buss is standing by her star player. In a SportsCenter interview, the president of the Los Angeles Lakers said that she doesn’t agree with reports that players don’t want to work with Kobe Bryant. And if that’s actually the reason keeping some free agents away from L.A., Buss doesn’t want them anyway. “Any free agent that would be afraid to play with Kobe Bryant...
Via NESN.com
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jeanie Buss: If You’re Scared to Play With Kobe You’re Probably a Loser

I don’t think players are scared to play with Kobe per se, I just believe that Kobe’s mentality doesn’t mesh well with the younger players in the league. Kobe’s obsession is basketball and frankly that isn’t the same for a lot of players. When Kobe sees that he automatically loses respect for you (see Dwight Howard). A secondary reason is star players don’t want to play...
Via BlackSportsOnline
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy NBA Basketball: Mock Keeper Draft - the Dwight Howard edition

I recently had a keeper draft in Yahoo. I really wanted one of the first three picks in the first round to have a chance at drafting the beast, Anthony Davis. But alas, the fantasy gods did not favor me that day, and I got the 8th pick. This is when I decided to go full "Dwight Howard" mode on my league.Best advice I have for your #fantasybasketball draft is this: Go...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Lock ‘Em Up, Rob Hennigan

It was not that long ago when the Orlando Magic’s top priority was dealing away a disgruntled Dwight Howard, and the Magic fans’ top priority was winning the break up. When Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan signed, sealed and delivered Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, Walt Disney’s neighbors were not so pleased. That was especially true because Magic fans never heard of the...
Via Bloguin Best
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Lock ‘Em Up, Rob Hennigan

It was not that long ago when the Orlando Magic’s top priority was dealing away a disgruntled Dwight Howard, and the Magic fans’ top priority was winning the break up. When Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan signed, sealed and delivered Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, Walt Disney’s neighbors were not so pleased. That was especially true because Magic fans never heard of the...
Via Crossover Chronicles
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Charlotte’s Sneaky Asset Collection

The phrase most often heard in failed rebuilds is “asset collection.” Though occasionally, the hoarding of young players and picks can lead to a team like the 2008 Celtics stealing Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, more often than not the practice just doesn’t amount to much. It’s a sort of organizational entropy, teams burning off of the value of their players and draft picks...
Via The Sports Post
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockets-Magic Preseason Shootaround Interviews

Who cares about Dwight Howard and his Houston Rockets when Nikola Vucevic unofficially has a shiny new contract extension and we need to find out if Victor Oladipo is going to be ready for the regular season opener. Well Orlando Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn says Oladipo is day-to-day. Victor himself wasn’t wearing the bulky knee brace he wore for the open practice, but he still...
Via Magic Basketball Online
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Miami Heat Beats Houston Rockets By 5-points 90-85. (Recap)

The Miami Heat defeated the Houston Rockets during Tuesday night’s preseason game 90-85. Dwayne Wade led his team to victory scoring 26 points and Chris Bosh finished with 22 points and six rebounds. Center Dwight Howard finished with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the Houston Rockets. James Harden also finished with 19 points. Luol Deng kicked things off when he made the first score...
Via Basketball Bicker
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Magic 8-Ball: An Old #12 Returns to Orlando

  In our Magic 8-Ball you’ll find quotes, tweets, Magic player social media posts, a random prediction that sticks to the Magic 8-Ball theme, any stats or tidbits you don’t find in our other MBO postings, and more. Basically a buffet of things that may slip through the cracks that are worth bringing up.    #1: VUCCI MANE GOT PAID I imagine the next big team meal check will...
Via Magic Basketball Online
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Magic and Nik Vucevic are finalizing contract extension

The Orlando Magic and the representatives for center Nik Vucevic are finalizing a contract extension that will add four years to his current deal and will run through the 2018-19 NBA season, industry sources told the Orlando Sentinel. The deal will pay Vucevic a total of $53 million over four seasons, and the extension will not include an opt-out clause that would enable Vucevic...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Magic Agree To 4-year, $53 Million Extension With Nikola Vucevic

The biggest disappointment from the 76ers acquiring Andrew Bynum has to be watching Nikola Vucevic turn into a double-double machine in Orlando. Vučević was traded to the Orlando Magic in a four-team trade involving Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, Arron Afflalo, Andre Iguodala, and other players. The Magic have rewarded his potential with a new four-year, $53 million deal. Magic give...
Via BlackSportsOnline
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Rockets motivated by early playoff exit

HOUSTON (AP) The shot still stings more than five months later. The Houston Rockets talk about how they've moved on from Damian Lillard's buzzer beater that knocked them out of the playoffs in the first round in May. But the shot remains with the Rockets and is one of many motivations for a team determined to do more this season. ''Our focus is getting there, and...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dwight Howard And 1st Team All NBA Picks

(Source: Scott Halleran/Getty Images North America) Dwight Howard And 1st Team All NBA Picks By Troy Tauscher: Staff Writer At Hoopstuff.. G: Chris Paul There are a few individuals who can conceivably challenge Paul as the best PG in the league, but it’s unlikely anyone will take that distinction away. Paul’s multi-dimensional scoring and passing make him a great leader for the...
Via HoopStuff
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 15 Dante & Galante Show Moments Prior to Reboot

The legendarily entertaining duo of Dante Marchitelli and George Galante return to the Orlando Magic airwaves on October 22nd, prior to Orlando’s home preseason contest against Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets. Marchitelli and Galante have always been with the Magic, but it’s great to have the program and both of them on air together again. There will be no television...
Via Magic Basketball Online
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Kobe has prevented Lakers from signing top talent

For the second consecutive season, the Los Angeles Lakers aren’t expected to do much this year as they find themselves in a rebuilding phase. ESPN The Magazine’s Henry Abbott put the blame for the Lakers’ recent misfortunes on the star largely responsible for their success in the 2000s — Kobe Bryant. Abbott says the Lakers’ lack of big name free agent acquisitions and Dwight...
Via NESN.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Bosh Admits Money Was Factor In Choosing Heat Over Rockets

Chris Bosh was close to signing a four-year, $88 million deal with the Houston Rockets, but ultimately decided to remain with the Miami Heat on a five-year, $118 million contract. Bosh would have returned to his home state of Texas to form a Big 3 with Dwight Howard and James Harden. "I still had to finish conversations with the Heat," Bosh said of those hectic hours on...
Via RealGM
4 days ago  |  Discuss

2014-15 NBA Preview: Houston Rockets

In the process of trying to land a third star, Houston saw some of its talent drift away, and they scrambled to replace them without losing a season. Morey has infamously flipped his players quickly and used them like assets, never worrying about the role players who got away. This led to a rich cache in goods, which they used to trade for Harden and they eventually stole Howard...
Via Analytics Game
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Howard, Harden return as Rockets beat Warriors

HIDALGO, Texas -- The Houston Rockets welcomed back two stars who had been dealing with injuries most of this preseason. The Golden State Warriors rested their two stars. It was enough for the Rockets to beat the Warriors 90-83 on Sunday night in an exhibition game at State Farm Arena. Dwight Howard had 11 points and eight rebounds in his return from a knee injury. He was 5 of 8...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

2014-15 NBA awards predictions

  Jovan Buha Rookie of the Year: Jabari Parker Sixth Man of the Year: Isaiah Thomas Most Improved Player: Giannis Antentokoumpo Defensive Player of the Year: Serge Ibaka Coach of the Year: David Blatt All-NBA 1st: Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard 2nd: James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Joakim Noah 3rd: John Wall, Kyrie...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockets beat Warriors 90-83 in exhibition game

HIDALGO, Texas (AP) The Houston Rockets welcomed back two stars who had been dealing with injuries most of this preseason. The Golden State Warriors rested their two stars. It was enough for the Rockets to beat the Warriors 90-83 on Sunday night in an exhibition game at State Farm Arena. Dwight Howard had 11 points and eight rebounds in his return from a knee injury. He was 5 of...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Hakeem Olajuwon says Dwight Howard is ready for MVP-type of season

With Kevin Durant going down for the earlier part of the season, the Most Valuable Player award will likely not be retained by the Oklahoma City Thunder forward. LeBron James is the favorite to win a fifth MVP award. But former Houston Rocket Hakeem Olajuwon thinks a CURRENT Houston Rocket is poised to win it. From Fran Blinebury of NBA.Com: At least one former MVP doesn’t think...
Via That NBA Lottery Pick
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Hakeem Olajuwon says Dwight Howard is ready for an MVP season

Hakeem Olajuwon, who is the greatest player in the history of the Houston Rockets, is working with the team as a player development coach who specifically works with Dwight Howard. Olajuwon likes what he sees from Howard and thinks that he is ready to make a serious push for MVP. Via Fran Blinebury of NBA.com:  “He’s healthy. He’s strong. He’s ready,” said Olajuwon, who...
Via Pass The Pill
5 days ago  |  Discuss
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