Dwight Howard has some parting words for the people of Orlando who suffered through the DwightMare. The Los Angeles Lakers center purchased a full-page ad in the Orlando Sentinel’s Sunday editions and thanked the fans for their support. He did not say he was sorry for leading them on an emotional roller-coaster ride that ended with one of the worst trades in NBA history. Here is a screenshot of the ad:
Did Pat Williams, who’ll be honored at the Hall of Fame this week, save the Bulls franchise for Chicago? nba.com/bulls/history/… — Sam Smith (@SamSmithHoops) September 2, 2012 Click through to a fantastic piece from Hall of Fame writer Sam Smith, who gives us all a history lesson on how Pat Williams — who will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame this week — helped keep the Bulls in Chicago.
Stan Van Gundy, who lost his coaching job as part of the “Dwightmare” saga that surrounded the Orlando Magic, said in a radio interview Monday that CEO Alex Martins showed “naivete” in his belief that the coach could not relate to players. Van Gundy appeared Monday morning on Orlando Sentinel writer Mike Bianchi’s show on 740 AM. He was fired by Martins after Orlando’s first-round playoff exit to Indiana – without the injured Dwight Howard – following his fifth straight winning
About to fly out to NOLA to start my first chapter as a Hornet! — Ryan Anderson (@ryananderson33) August 19, 2012 Anderson will be playing for a coach, Monty Williams, who has some serious job security after signing a new four-year contract. Hornets GM Dell Demps pulled off a steal in acquiring the 3-point shooting machine from Orlando for Gustavo Ayon. But it bears mentioning that although Anderson won the NBA’s Most Improved Player award last season, he really didn’t improve much
With the opening of training camps in late September, there is now more offseason behind us rather than in front of us. With six weeks to go, many teams are looking to fill the final spot or two on their rosters. And as we pointed out last week, there is not much to choose from. Although there has been talk about some of these teams possibly adding another player, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Golden State, Indiana, the Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis, New York, Oklahoma City
UNDER CONTRACT: G Arron Afflalo, F Al Harrington, F Hedo Turkoglu, F Glen Davis, G Jameer Nelson, G J.J. Redick, F Moe Harkless, C Nikola Vucevic, C Gustavo Ayon, G-F Quentin Richardson, G Christian Eyenga, F Josh McRoberts, F Justin Harper, G Ish Smith, G E’Twaun Moore DRAFT PICKS: F Andrew Nicholson, C Kyle O’Quinn FREE AGENTS: None MOVES: After holding firm in his desire to get fair – not equal – value in trading Dwight Howard, new GM Rob Hennigan deserves some criticism. He turned
Let’s face it: Orlando Magic GM Rob Hennigan got fleeced in the Dwight Howard trade. Put over a barrel by the demands of a petulant, wishy-washy superstar, he was the only executive who did not acquire an All-Star in the four-team blockbuster. Hennigan’s net take for Howard and some extra parts was Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Moe Harkless, Nikola Vucevic, Christian Eyenga, Josh McRoberts, three highly protected future first-round picks and two second-round picks. Unless Hennigan does some more wheeling and dealing
The Dwightmare saga suddenly and finally came to a close on Friday, as a reported four-team trade from Thursday came to a conclusion that sent center Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers. So who won and lost big in the trade? Chris Sheridan has the analysis here. The Lakers, without a doubt, become an epic team, and Mark Heisler explains how Howard is the newest version of Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. With such an unbelievable team assembled, can the Lakers win