Dwight Howard picks Thunder to win NBA Finals

Dwight Howard has spoken, and it should be noted how polite he was to the paparazzo from TMZ.com who caught up with him in Beverly Hills. To surmise, Howard says he was sorry to see Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith lose their jobs, he warned that ESPN has an interview in the can is now outdated — ” A lot of stuff has changed since then” — and made a prediction on who will win the NBA championship. He likes the

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James, Bryant, Durant, Howard, Paul make First-Team All-NBA

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NEW YORK — MVP LeBron James received 118 of a possible 120 first team votes and was selected to the All-NBA First Team today along with Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers. The All-NBA Second Team consists of guards Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, forwards Blake Griffin of the Los

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Exclusive: Magic are ready to trade Howard

I’ve already told you that Dwight Howard wants out of Orlando, and now I have another piece of info to report. A plugged-in league source tells SheridanHoops.com that the feeling is mutual, and Orlando is prepared to trade him sooner rather than later. The source said that when Magic team president traveled to Michigan last weekend to speak in person with owner Rich DeVos, the conclusion was reached that not only was it time for Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith to go,

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Sheridan chat wrap: May 24

This has been my Twitter picture since I first opened a Twitter account. Here it is in full detail. (Note: There are three ways to get down from the wall, which sits atop a mountain -- you can walk, you can take a tram, or you can sled down a stainless steel, twisting, turning luge track at pretty high speed in a teeny-tiny sled. I chose option #3, and it was my favorite moment of covering the 2008 Olympics in China.

Chris Sheridan chatted online with readers today about Team USA, the NBA playoffs, Jerry Sloan, Pau Gasol, Jim Dolan, Phil Jackson and a host of other topics.He will be hosting another live chat Friday to discuss the results of Game 6 of the Miami-Indiana series and Game 7 of the Celtics-Sixers series.Here is a transcript of Thursday’s chat.10:35Good morning, all. I will be live chatting NBA and anything else you want to talk about beginning at noon, EDT. You can

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Sheridan: Shaq as Magic GM wouldn’t make Dwight stay

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The relationship between Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard runs hot and cold, and to even describe it as lukewarm would be a bit of a stretch. Remember, part of the reason Howard wanted to be traded to the Nets over the Lakers was because he didn’t want to follow in Shaq’s footprints, and he doesn’t want to play second fiddle to anyone, even if it is Kobe Bryant.  But in the months since the trade deadline passed, Howard now feels the Lakers

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Pittman suspended three games, Haslem for one

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  NEW YORK — Miami Heat center Dexter Pittman has been suspended three games without pay for striking the neck and shoulders of Indiana guard Lance Stephenson, and Miami forward Udonis Haslem has been suspended one game without pay for striking the head and shoulders of Indiana’s Tyler Hansbrough, it was announced today by NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson. Both Pittman and Haslem had their Flagrant Foul Ones upgraded to Flagrant Foul Twos, as did Indiana’s Hansbrough, who

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Team USA’s Olympic Schedule unveiled

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First up in the first round for Team USA at the London Olympics is France, and last is Argentina. The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) today announced pairings and game times for the 2012 Olympic men’s basketball tournament. Two of the USA’s opponents will be determined following the 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, scheduled for June 2-8 in Caracas, Venezuela, with the top three finishing teams earning the final three Olympic qualifying berths. The top 2 teams will be in the Americans’

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