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Dwight Howard behaved himself!

Posted on: May 31, 2009 9:46 am
This was the Dwight Howard I was expecting to see in Cleveland. This was the Dwight Howard we all think we know. It's the Dwight Howard we should see almost every time he plays.

This Dwight Howard in Game 6 on Saturday night was not the same guy I wrote about Friday, when I said the Magic's superstar center had way too much Rasheed Wallace in him. And I wasn't talking about a multi-colored goatee. I was talking about Howard's whining and bullying, things I'd seen too much of in the Eastern Conference finals, things I'd seen to the point where I had to write this about it.

Maybe he listened?

Jeez, I don't want to give myself too much, or any, credit. But I know for a fact that Magic officials were talking -- unhappily -- about my story before Saturday's Game 6. And then Howard went out and didn't utter a peep when he was called for fouls. Didn't complain when Cleveland wasn't called for fouls. Didn't throw an elbow or stare ominously at anyone.

Maybe it's a coincidence. I can live with that. I just want to see this Dwight Howard more, the one from Game 6.
Category: NBA

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2009 10:27 am

Dwight Howard behaved himself!

Avoiding roid rage is always a good thing.  When is it exactly that NBA reporters are going to start talking about the obvious use of performance enhancing drugs in the sport?  Dwight Howard describes himself as "the skinniest kid high school.  You could see my heart beating through my chest when I took my shirt off.  When I went to the weight room, people said ,'You want to play in the NBA?  No way.  You're too small.'  So I said to myself, 'I gotta get big.'"

And so he want from the self-described skinniest kid in high school, knowing he needed to get big, to going directly to the NBA, to one of the premier physical specimens on the basketball court.  Yet, just like in baseball, sports reporters ask no questions, and just sit in awe of how big and powerful he is.  It is possible that he did it all through just hard work and diet, but let's face it, given the state of performance enhancing drugs in sports right now, giving an athlete the benefit of the doubt is no longer a reasonable position. 

He's just a freak of nature, I guess, just like Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, and A-Rod.  I don't see any reason why any of these stats should be questioned any more than their home run records:

  • Youngest player in NBA history to reach:
    • 3000 rebounds
    • 4000 rebounds
    • 5000 rebounds
  • Youngest player in NBA history to average a double-double
  • Youngest player in NBA history to record 20 rebounds in one game
  • Highest career field goal percentage in All-Star Game history: .810 (17 field goals made of 21 attempts)
  • Youngest player in NBA history to lead the league in rebounding at 22 years, 130 days (14.2 rebounds per game throughout 2007–08 season)
  • Youngest player in NBA history to lead the league in blocks at 23 years, 128 days (2.9 blocks per game throughout 2008–09 season)

BTW, he is obviously not the only player who should be answering some questions about this.  It sure does make for some exciting and powerful basketball, though.  I can't really complain about the results from an entertainment perspective.  I don't think David Stern is very concerned either:



But would the NBA commissioner, David Stern, be open to embracing Wada's position that the only way to achieving clean competition is to have year-round strict vigilance?

"I'm not sure I would support it," he said. Stern is not a fan of Wada, particularly when Dick Pound was banging its drum. "There's a little too much holier-than-thou stuff going on," added Stern. "And we think our players have stepped up and done the right thing with us. And although we will continue to work with them to improve it, we are not on some kind of a witch-hunt."

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2009 2:03 am

Dwight Howard behaved himself!

4 more wins and Dwight Howard will definitely have something in common with Rasheed Wallace: a ring.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2009 1:50 am

Dwight Howard behaved himself!

The guy plays physical ball and all of a sudden he is like Rasheed Wallace??? Get a grip!!!!!!!! You wrote an article blasting Dwight Howard, where is your article blasting LeBron James for being a classless crybaby after geting eliminated?

Since: May 31, 2009
Posted on: May 31, 2009 5:14 pm

Dwight Howard behaved himself!

Then don't read.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2009 3:38 pm

Dwight Howard behaved himself!

Nobody wants to read you write a book.
There's some advice you should heed, Joker.

Since: May 31, 2009
Posted on: May 31, 2009 2:35 pm

Dwight Howard behaved himself!

Doyel - You write about Howard being a brat and whining about the officiating (which is awful btw) but you make no mention of Lebron & Co. crying to the ref's every 3 seconds or storming off the court after getting his ass handed to him for 48 minutes. EVERY player in the NBA is a "brat" and whines and cries to the referees, That is the NBA's biggest problem. There has been so much of it that the ref's actually listen and make horrible calls all game long every game. There is no such thing as "incidental contact" on a shot attempt anymore, The offensive player 90% of the time will get a call out of it and it's terrible. Howard defended EXACTLY the same in game 6 as he did in game 5, Standing in the way arms straight up not jumping and somehow in game 5 that was a foul but not in game 6.

The NBA needs to start calling every game just like game 6 and it will put a watchable sport back on television, I'm sick of seeing the golden child lower his shoulder and bull rush his defender while tossing up some garbage towards the basket and consistently get foul calls (and I know it's not just him, pretty much every NBA "superstar" does it and it's pathetic). I grew up in the Jordan era and was a pistons fan and a Jordan fan, Back then all people did was cry about how he got special treatment and every foul call but at least he got hit when they gave him calls and he didn't go to the hole strictly looking for contact so he could get to the line.

But, back to my main point. Singleing out Howard as a brat because he plays hard and uses his elbows to keep defenders off him and cries to the ref's is pathetic, Lebron does the same exact thing and you praise him like he raised you. Lebron dunks and flexes and sticks his lip out like he's tough and you throw the picture at the top of your article about how great he is, Howard does it and he's being a "brat". Stop slobbering all over LBJ's jock strap and start rooting for the best TEAMS in the NBA and not the "best" players.

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2009 1:27 pm

Dwight Howard behaved himself!

No Crying: Just so you understand ... I'm not apologizing for squat. Dwight Howard has been a whiny brat, and I wrote it Friday, and I stand by it. But last night he behaved himself, and I congratulated him for it. Never once did I apologize for what I wrote on Friday. Your note was a waste of ... 12 seconds. It was way too long to read in its entirety. Come on, man. You're not me. Nobody wants to read you write a book.

Since: May 25, 2009
Posted on: May 31, 2009 1:03 pm

Dwight Howard behaved himself!

re: comments about the refs...

My point has been that no matter what happened to Cleveland, it was always someone else's fault. Doyal mentioned the officiating and ALWAYS does. So I threw him a bone. But he writes like a college freshman at times. Freeman is absolutely a waste of 68 seconds.

Orlando is not and will not get the media respect because the media is too liberal. Like Doyal, they are ignorant to the game and how it is designed, coached, officated and played. Let's face it, all you need to have to get a job to write is a computer and a willing college to offer a journalism "degree".

Quote Plasche from the LA Times: "The Cleveland Cavaliers are one great player, the Orlando Magic is a collection of gimmick players, the Lakers have enough depth and strength to overwhelm either one." He takes the Lakers in 5. If they can beat Magic in 5, where soes that put Cleveland?

These media personalities at least keep us entertained, albeit for brief moments...

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2009 12:31 pm

Dwight Howard behaved himself!

nice look, Gregg. Its about time you got rid of the Drew Carrey glasses. The post....well, there was nothing special there.

Nocrying, you're crazy if you expect people to read that crap.

Since: Aug 30, 2008
Posted on: May 31, 2009 12:20 pm

Dwight Howard behaved himself!

Yeah Gregg, you blew this one bad. I agree with this guy except for that long paragraph where he kinda wandered off the path with random mentions of Crawfords and hair and.... wait, nevermind his whole post was lame.

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