Whenever Dwight Howard talks to the media these days, something seems to go wrong. This has been especially true when the topic is about the Orlando Magic. The Los Angeles Lakers center raised plenty of eyebrows last week after bringing up how he led a group of guys no one wanted in Orlando. Howard, of course, backtracked from the comments, stating he was misunderstood and that it was blown out of proportion. Truth be told, there really wasn’t a whole lot to
Less than three weeks ago, the Los Angeles Lakers were mourning the death of owner Jerry Buss, refuting rumors that Dwight Howard would be traded and staring down the draft lottery. With his team mired in ninth place in the Western Conference, Kobe Bryant defiantly told Sports Illustrated, “It’s not a question of if we make the playoffs. We will. And when we get there, I have no fear of anyone – Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Denver … whoever. I have
Consecutive win number 18 was anything but a typical game for LeBron James (13 PTS, 7 AST, 6 REB) but the Heat went to Rio. That’s what they call Mario Chalmers, who scored 26 points on fantastic shooting (5-of-6 from deep, 7-for-9 overall and 7-for-7 on free throws) while adding seven rebounds.
To owners wise enough not to trust Amar’e Stoudemire’s knees who traded him at peak value, I applaud you. Both in real life and in fantasy, having Amar’e on your team is a serious injury risk. Those who have followed his career should not be surprised when hearing this report.
Refuse to lose. The amazing Kobe Bryant (41 PTS, 12 AST, 6 REB) willed his team to another victory despite fatigue and sore shoulders. Dwight Howard (24 PTS, 13 REB, 5 BLK, 3 STL) was also heroic and Steve Nash (22 PTS) hit four triples as the Lakers rallied from down 15 to force overtime.
Note to all NBA players: a punch against your opponent won’t get you suspended, as long as it’s below the belt and you’re not a repeat offender. That’s the impression the league left most of us with after making the decision to not suspend Serge Ibaka for taking a shot at Blake Griffin’s jewels, fining him $25,000 instead.