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May 6, 2015 Updates

Howard is a fun-loving guy who almost always wears a huge smile and is quick to crack a joke or make up a silly nickname for everyone in his path. So when he realized that people had started to hate him he wasn't quite sure how to deal with it. "Sometimes it hurts," Howard said. "It used to hurt a lot more as I went from this guy that everybody likes to everybody hated me because I wanted to play basketball on another team. And I'm like: 'Hey listen it's really not that serious. If I stopped playing today, your life is going to be the same, my life is going to be the same, it's just I'm not going to be playing basketball. So why should it matter what I decide?'" USA Today Sports

May 4, 2015 Updates
May 1, 2015 Updates

Rockets center Dwight Howard said that while the team had a couple of days off since defeating the Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs, he has been in the gym working on one main thing. “I worked on free throws because we struggled the whole series,” Howard said. The Rockets shot 67.9 percent from the foul line in the first round. Howard was 46 percent from the line and forward Josh Smith was 43 percent. Smith said he has been spending extra time shooting, as well. Houston Chronicle

April 29, 2015 Updates
April 27, 2015 Updates

"We're scrambling like hell defensively and Devin Harris is going to get the ball, and Dwight Howard throws him into our bench," said Carlisle, adding that he had reviewed the play six times on film. "He takes the ball, skips it over the top and [Trevor] Ariza gets a wide-open 3. So instead of us getting the ball and a foul on Howard, it turns into essentially a five- [or] six-point swing. "That stuff's got to stop. The officials got to get that stuff under control, because there's too much physical stuff going on. Howard is throwing people all over the place, and that can't happen in Game 4." ESPN.com

After being informed of Carlisle's comments, Howard reacted by turning to teammate James Harden and mouthing, "Wow, really." Howard, who grabbed a career-playoff-high 26 rebounds in the game, then offered a politically correct response to the question. "It's a long series, and my job is to be dominant in the paint and just do my best," Howard said. "I don't think about it when I'm out there. I just go out there and play." ESPN.com

April 26, 2015 Updates

McHale said Howard felt good after playing 38 minutes in the Game 3 win on Friday night. “I’m just so happy Dwight feels good today,” McHale said. “I don’t know if he’s (not being honest with) me or not but he told me his leg felt really good this morning when I saw him in the hotel and I told him to shoot a few free throws and get off your feet and get ready for tomorrow. That’s the most we’ve played him since he’s come back and I think he played 38 minutes last night and I was hoping to keep him around 34 but he was just getting every rebound, it was hard to take him out of there.” Houston Chronicle

April 25, 2015 Updates

Dwight Howard just raised LeBron James one impressive full-court shot … plus a jaunty yellow backpack. (Howard’s form had a bit more side-arm to it, though, compared to King James’ football-esque throw.) For The Win

When Dallas coach Rick Carlisle was asked about the 3-0 series deficit, he instead talked about officiating. “My hope is that in Game 4 – the one play that’s kind of an image stuck in my mind, and I just looked at it six times on the film, is the first play of the fourth quarter,” Carlisle said. “We’re scrambling like hell defensively, and Devin Harris is going to get the ball, and Dwight Howard throws him into our bench. He takes the ball, skips it over the top and Ariza gets a wide-open three. “So, instead of us getting the ball, and a foul on Howard, it turns into essentially a 5-6 point swing. That stuff’s got to stop. The officials [have] got to get that stuff under control, because there’s too much physical stuff going on. Howard is throwing people all over the place. And that can’t happen in Game 4.” Houston Chronicle

April 24, 2015 Updates

“He’s been a great veteran to our team, a great voice in the locker room, a great voice on the court wherever it may be,” Dwight Howard said. “He‘s been consistent all year. He’s done an excellent job bringing myself and James [Harden] closer as teammates and also as leaders of this team.” ESPN.com

April 21, 2015 Updates

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