HoopsHype Dwight Howard rumors

January 18, 2014 Updates

Even as the trade deadline came and went, speculation surrounding Howard never completely ceased. In the summer of 2012, reports emerged that Howard requested a trade from the Magic. Unlike midseason when he didn’t know what would happen, Howard believed his next move was clear. “I thought the Brooklyn thing was going to come through at the end of the season,” Howard said of a potential trade to the Nets. “It was something that was promised, but it didn’t happen. Once it didn’t happen I figured everything happens for a reason. I just let it go. I was upset for a while, but I just let it go.” Basketball Insiders

“For me I think it (the trade deadline) was different from a lot of players,” Howard told Basketball Insiders. “A lot of attention was on me and what teams were going to do that day. It’s tough. You have everybody asking what’s going to happen, what you’re going to do, all that stuff. I had a big headache and I was just happy when it was over with.” Howard’s peers tried to prepare him for a potential move. They shared stories of their past experiences, including those who had been traded while they were in flight with their team. Anything could happen at any time. “You can’t help but look at the clock,” Howard said. “It’s a tough situation for anybody.” Basketball Insiders

January 16, 2014 Updates

Dwight Howard never did hit the Pelicans with the sort of dunk that would require his New Orleans cap, but he had happy memories of the time he win the dunk contest with his superman slam at New Orleans Arena. He will not, however, reprise that performance in the dunk contest next month either. Howard, who won the 2008 dunk contest at New Orleans Arena, said the NBA invited him to dunk again this season in New Orleans, but he declined. “Couldn’t do it,” Howard said. Howard, 28, said he would participate again, “If I wasn’t so old. I’m getting up there in age, man, I tell you. I got a lot of years.” Houston Chronicle

Howard, however, said he had thought about that night just because with the return to New Orleans. “It was a night to remember,” Howard said. “It was probably one of the best memories of me being in the NBA being in the dunk contest here in New Orleans. The fans were amazing here. Every time I come in this building, I get chills thinking about it.” “I remember that whole experience,” Howard said. “Being here, the fans were amazing. I saw in past years, nobody tried to really engage the crowd. I like to entertain. I tried to really engage the fans, give them something they’ll remember.” Houston Chronicle

January 15, 2014 Updates
January 14, 2014 Updates

As if a game involving a team riding an eight-game losing streak and trailing by 20 points couldn’t have gotten any uglier, the Celtics began fouling Dwight Howard, over and over, midway through the fourth quarter. Once Rockets coach Kevin McHale inserted his center into the final frame against his former team, the Celtics hacked a Howard seven times in 3:27, resulting in 14 mostly terrible free throw attempts for the viewing pleasure of the fans who remained until the bitter end. It wasn’t pretty, and that’s a problem for the NBA, because it worked. “It freezes everybody,” Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin explained after his team’s 104-92 victory at the Garden. “We just don’€™t get rhythm. We don’€™t play offense for a while. We’€™re just watching. We get cold, and then there’€™s no flow. At that point, their goal is to freeze us, so they are accomplishing that.” WEEI.com

“I would probably support a change in the rule that would call it intentional or call it like it would be called int he last two minutes,” admitted Stevens. “But because it’s a rule and usually if a guy’s making one out of two, it makes you think twice. To his credit, he made one almost every time up to the foul line. But we were scoring, and so we were getting a plus-one in about 10 or 15 seconds off the clock for the better part of three or four possessions. And then we went dry, and that’s when the two-minute mark hit anyways and we really couldn’t do it anymore.” WEEI.com

January 13, 2014 Updates

Q: What is your voice on this team, as opposed to the other places you've been? Dwight Howard: Kind of the vet. It's a situation where I've been around for a while. I understand the situations that I've been in. They listen to me. Because they know how tough the last two years was. I've had to overcome a lot. So these guys always listen, always try to find ways to get better. We just all want to grow together. NBA.com

What do Jrue Holiday, a giraffe and 10-year-old Sandro Dussek have in common? They’ve all been dunked on by Dwight Howard. During the rain delay at Verizon Center on Saturday, Dwight Howard grabbed Sandro from his seat and had a little fun, going one on one with the tyke to kill some time. Sandro, son of telecom executive Steve Dussek, is a courtside fixture at Wizards games. He also has a pretty decent crossover. Washington Post

January 10, 2014 Updates

Among the interesting tidbits floating around the D-League Showcase in Reno, Nev., this week involved the possibility of the Rockets pairing Dwight Howard with Deron Williams in Houston -- an arrangement that now seems farfetched if not impossible. Remember that the thrust of the Nets' multiple attempts to acquire Howard in a trade two seasons ago was to team him up with Williams, who the franchise was trying to re-sign. Both players were on board with teaming up, but the Nets were never able to satisfy Orlando's trade demands. Howard, of course, wound up getting dealt to the Lakers and famously bolted LA for the Rockets as a free agent this past summer. CBSSports.com

But the subject of a Dwight-Deron duo was broached again in recent weeks, with the Rockets and Nets briefly delving into the particulars of a deal that would've sent Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin to the Nets for Williams. It made sense on many levels. The Nets would've gotten an insurance policy at center for the often-injured Brook Lopez (who has since been injured again and is out for the year). The Rockets would've solved their own center problem, as Asik doesn't want to remain in Houston. They've been trying to get off the Lin contract, and the Nets are one team that wouldn't mind his $15 million balloon payment next season. All the better to stick it to the Knicks. CBSSports.com

Howard also played in several playoff series against Atlanta when he was in Orlando. For his career, he averages 17.3 points and 14.1 rebounds against the Hawks. He grew up as a Hawks fan but as an NBA player, he jokes that he would rather stay away. “I am from Atlanta and I love the city but I hate playing the Hawks,” Howard said. Houston Chronicle

January 9, 2014 Updates

Western Conference. Frontcourt: 1. Kevin Durant (OKC) 1,054,209 2. Dwight Howard (Hou) 509,116 3. Blake Griffin (LAC) 500,964 4. Kevin Love (Min) 483,031 5. LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 404,793 6. Tim Duncan (Por) 385,342 7. Anthony Davis (NO) 223,956 8. Pau Gasol (LAL) 207,213 9. Andre Iguodala (GS) 192,616 10. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 156,792 11. DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 148,604 12. David Lee (GS) 141,509 13. Chandler Parsons (Hou) 135,387 14. Omer Asik (Hou) 101,372 15. Kawhi Leonard (SA) 91,859 NBA.com

Dwight Howard’s girlfriend – and baby’s mama #4 – Christine Vest was very vocal last season about wanting Dwight to head to the Houston Rockets. Seems as if she’s still harboring some hostility towards the Lakers. Christine showed her support for Dwight during Rockets vs. Lakers by rocking a “Laker Hater” camo sweatshirt. jocksandstilettojill.com

Bill Oram: Chris Kaman had an all-time great monologue about the Hack-A-Dwight strategy. Exchanged words with Dwight at one point, here's why... Kaman: "I was trying to foul him, but they weren’t calling them, so I started smacking him harder. I was like man I don’t want to mess you up or whatever. I don’t really care, but I just wanted to let you know don’t be a douchebag about it because this is what I’m supposed to do. … I don’t think he cared. I think he’s kind of used to it by now after what is it 9 years, 10 years in the league. The big thing is he’s shooting 50 percent, so I think teams see that as an advantage.” Twitter @bill_oram

January 8, 2014 Updates

Howard has desperately wanted to win, pushing himself in games and practices with far more determination than fits the reputation that preceded him to Houston. And afterward, he has been joyful in ways that never seemed to fit with the Lakers. "I heard all that, but I always want to get to know someone," fellow first-year Rocket Omri Casspi said. "I don't listen to what other people say, but he surprised me a lot - how good a leader he is, how much he wants to win, and how competitive he is. "He's just a happy person. I've been around good teammates and bad teammates, guys who are competitive and guys who are not. He is really competitive, but he's a happy guy. You can't get him down. I think that's one of the things that hurt him in L.A. There was a lot of negativity around him and Kobe (Bryant) not getting along. Here, he's always happy. On the court, he's competitive. When there's a water break, he's the one that's going to spill your water and play. When we get between those lines, he wants to be the best he can." Houston Chronicle

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