HoopsHype Dwight Howard rumors

February 18, 2014 Updates

Mike Bresnahan: Dwight says he doesn't pay attention to the Lakers any longer. "I think I still might follow them on Twitter and that's about it." Twitter @Mike_Bresnahan

February 16, 2014 Updates
February 15, 2014 Updates

As the debate heated up about the NBA’s best player, at least so far this season, Rockets center Dwight Howard said he doesn’t consider LeBron James or Kevin Durant to be the league’s top player, adding that other All-Stars do not either. “I know I’m going to get a lot (criticism), but I have to believe in myself as being the best player,” Howard said. “That’s how I think everyone in this room feels. They’re not going to say that this person is better than them. We have to believe that. No matter what the stats say, you have to go on the floor with that kind of mentality. ‘I’m the best player on the floor every night.’ “That’s the mentality I have when I step on the floor. I’m pretty sure Kevin does, LeBron does and all these guys in this All-Star Game feel the same way.” Houston Chronicle

February 14, 2014 Updates
February 13, 2014 Updates

Had a 20-minute conversation on the Bald Faced Truth radio show (12-3p on 750-AM) with basketball Hall of Famer Rick Barry on Thursday. Listen to the full interview here. I asked Barry to pick his best five NBA players, by position. Basically his "Dream Team," of current active players. He gave me five, plus a sixth man. PG: Chris Paul --- "Best point guard right now. Period." SG: LeBron James --- "I'd put LeBron at the 2... now he can shoot the basketball. I'd love to see him be able to learn how to catch the ball and use his first dribble as a productive dribble to get by his man. Oh my God. If he ever learned that he'd be insane." SF: Kevin Durant --- "He has done what great players do... watch some of the great passes he's making to his teammates. Kevin's put that into his arsenal. That's made him that much better of a player, and he's doing so much more to help his teammates." PF: Tim Duncan --- "It's hard not to take Tim Duncan as long as he's playing because I'd take him on my All-time team C: Dwight Howard --- "Even though he has a weakness with free-throw shooting, there aren't a whole lot of good centers who are developing." Oregonian

February 10, 2014 Updates

The Orlando Magic may not have to deal with Dwight Howard any longer, but that doesn’t mean the “Dwightmare” is over in the Sunshine State. Now a member of the Houston Rockets, the NBA superstar is poised to take a huge loss on his waterfront mansion-estate in Longwood, FL. Howard paid $7.78 million for the massive property shortly after inking a five-year, $80 million contract extension with the Magic in 2008. In a sign of just how crazy the real estate market was back then, he’s now offering the property for nearly $3 million less than what he originally paid — $4.9 million. Realtor

February 9, 2014 Updates

At the time, he was more concerned with playing for the Rockets again. But now that he has returned from his knee and thigh issues, playing Saturday for the first time since Dec. 2, he said there is another reason not to look ahead to playing against Howard. ‘That’s what I plan to do every day,” Asik said. “It won’t be different.” Asik was not sure he has picked up tips for defending Howard. “Of course since I’ve been watching, I know more about him,” Asik said. “I don’t know if that will help. Hopefully, I will play.” Houston Chronicle

February 4, 2014 Updates

Today, adidas officially unveiled their 2014 All-Star footwear collection, that you'll be seeing on the feet of players like Dwight Howard, John Wall, Damian Lillard and Joakim Noah. The collection includes new colorways of the Dwight Howard 4, Crazy 8, Crazy 1 and Crazyquick 2. According to adidas, these shoes have been "inspired by New Orleans’ rich culture and the atmosphere of NBA All-Star weekend." The Crazy 8 and Crazy 1 will be worn by adidas athletes during Friday's Rising Stars Challenge and All-Star Saturday night participants. The Crazyquick 2 will be worn on court by John Wall, Damian Lillard and Joakim Noah. And, of course, Dwight will lace up his own signature shoe. Sole Collector

January 30, 2014 Updates

One said, "Teams want Houston to sit there and suffer because they weren't in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes and because [there was some boasting] from the Rockets [within league circles] about how they were going to win now that they've got Dwight. So [teams are] like, 'We're not going to help you out. Let Houston sit there and lose in the first round or the second round.' Teams are like that at this point, and it's motivated because of (Howard)." Another said, "They have arrogance in Houston. So that plays a part in how things are not progressing." Bleacher Report

Popovich, who ordered his team to foul Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard seven straight times in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's 97-90 loss, is not a fan of sending guys to the line -- but concedes it's part of the game. "I hate it," Popovich said of the strategy before Wednesday night's game against the Chicago Bulls. "I think it's awful. I hate doing it. Seriously. I think it's a pain in the neck, fans don't like it, I don't like it, nobody likes it. It disrupts the flow of the game. If there's an equitable way to get rid of it, I'm all for it. "But it's part of the game. It's part of the rules now and if you think somebody can't shoot a free throw you might as well take advantage of it. If you think somebody can't shoot you don't guard him the same way. So [the strategy's] fair, it's just kind of ugly I think." ESPN.com

January 29, 2014 Updates
January 25, 2014 Updates

But Dwight Howard says he’s not worried that he and other traditional big men might join them after the fan voting for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game nudged them toward the endangered species list. Neither the Eastern or Western Conference teams will have a center in the starting lineup after the Rockets’s Howard and the Pacers’ Roy Hibbert were shut out in the voting by three forwards across the front line. “I didn’t come to Houston to be a starter on the All-Star team,” Howard said before Friday night’s game against the Grizzlies. “I came to help this team win a championship. So that’s my goal. “I’m happy for all the guys that got voted in by the fans. The guys who started have had an unbelievable season so far to this point. So I’m excited to see those guys play. NBA.com

January 24, 2014 Updates

“I didn’t come to Houston to be a starter on the All-Star team,” Howard said before Friday night’s game against the Grizzlies. “I came to help this team win a championship. So that’s my goal. I’m happy for all the guys that got voted in by the fans. The guys who started have had an unbelievable season so far to this point. So I’m excited to see those guys play. I mean, of course, (there’s) a little disappointment with everything. But like I said, I want to win a championship. That’s why I’m here. Being an All-Star and being on the All-Star team is a bonus. It’s a blessing to be a part of that group. But my goal is win a championship. That’s what I’m here for. That’s why I came to Houston to do and that’s been my only goal since I’ve been here. I haven’t written down anything about starting for the All-Star team, but I have written down winning a championship. So that’s what I want to do.” NBA.com

January 23, 2014 Updates

Sources told ESPN.com on Thursday that Blake Griffin, James Harden and Dwight Howard have all expressed a desire to USA Basketball, health-willing, to make the trip to Spain. Given the stature of those three players – and the fact that injuries prevented Blake and Dwight from going to London – expect all three to be there alongside Durant, Love and Aldridge. ESPN.com

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