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Dwight Howard Frustrated with Magic, Stan Van Gundy’s Coaching

While it has been understandably overshadowed by the NBA lockout, the name Dwight Howard is currently floating around on the NBA free agent list.  Howard has been with the Magic for seven years and could still return to the team, but his latest comments make it appear more likely that he has played his last game in Orlando.

In an interview with Esquire Magazine that Fox Sports Florida shared with us, Howard spoke candidly about how difficult his decision is going to be and also about how life has been playing for the Magic.

“There’s more you can do in a bigger place,” Howard explained. “I’m stuck in a tough position because I feel like right now, where I’m at, I’ve done so much. And I just don’t know what else I can do.

“I can’t live for everybody else. I don’t know what decision I’m gonna make as of right now. It’s been crazy. Everybody wants me to come here, come play here, come to our team, do this. It’s a great feeling, though, to be wanted.”

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Italian Team Owner Asks Barack Obama to Help Recruit Kobe Bryant

Never could we have imagined that Kobe Bryant would mean more to a team than he does to the Los Angeles Lakers, but now one has to wonder.  If Claudio Sabatini is any indication, Kobe is more important to Italian club team Virtus Bologna than he is to Jack Nicholson.

There have already been insane rumors floating around that Sabatini is willing to offer Bryant $2 million to play a single game in Italy.  Imagine if the Lakers paid him $2 million per game?  For those of you who hate math, that would be a yearly salary of around $160 million, which would put Tiger Woods and Money Mayweather to shame. Considering Kobe might be giving players loans during the lockout, money is obviously not an issue for him.  If you thought a $2 million, one-game offer spelled desperation, check out this letter Sabatini wrote to Barack Obama on his team’s website.

Dear Mr. President,

We have a dream: to see Kobe Bryant playing for our Team Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna, the Italian town well known in the world as basket City.

According to your wishes we hope that the NBA lockout will shortly stop but in the meanwhile let us have the chance to see at least for one game the great Kobe Bryant playing with our black and white jersey and be part of our history.

Obama may be able to get inside an NBA player’s head with a wise crack here and there, but I doubt there is much he could do to convince Kobe to play a game in Italy.  Not to mention, basketball in America is pretty good for America.  If Obama had any influence at all, it would be in his best interest to use it toward ending the lockout.  But…he doesn’t.

Pete Carroll Makes LeBron James Seahawks Jersey (Picture)

There’s been a bunch of kooky talk this week about LeBron James playing professional football. It all seemed to be in jest, and a reference to the NBA lockout. He’s also not the first basketball player to talk about flirting with the NFL; Ron Artest and Nate Robinson have too. Pete Carroll, being a master networker, encouraged Robinson to try out. Now he’s flirting with LeBron.

After reminding the Heat forward what the NFL minimum is, Carroll tweeted a picture of a custom-made Seahawks jersey with LeBron’s name on it.

LeBron still hasn’t won a championship in the NBA, so his chances of leaving for the NFL in a Michael Jordan moment are slim. That won’t keep Carroll from capitalizing on a moment for good publicity.

Like we said when Pete asked fans to coordinate the Seahawks’ offense, the man knows how to work the public.

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries Already Having Marriage Problems?

Stop me if this comes across as a surprise: Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries reportedly are already having marriage problems. The National Enquirer says the unemployed basketball player is unhappy with his wife’s spending habits, and that he’s uncomfortable with all the attention from the reality show.

“Kris thought he could handle living with his every move followed by a reality TV camera crew – but now he is having second thoughts,” an insider told the Enquirer.

“He believed Kim’s hunger for the spotlight would tail off after the wedding, but it’s just gotten worse. He thinks she is more obsessed with being famous than having a happy marriage.”

The pro basketball player is starting to believe “he is nothing more than a prop for Kim’s photo ops,” noted the source.

Humphries reportedly is also upset that Kim spends so much money on her appearance, and that she won’t wear the same outfit more than once. Humphries’ position makes sense, but there’s a contradiction: Kardashian’s livelihood depends on her appearance, so it actually pays off to waste money on different outfits each day.

Humphries also isn’t the only basketball player in the Humphries family who got tired of the reality show; if he listened to Lamar Odom, he would have avoided these problems.

But seriously, what do you think you’re getting yourself into when you marry Kim Kardashian? There’s no room for regrets, or sympathy, Kris.

Chest bump to Black Sports Online

Nike Releases New LeBron James ‘Heart of a Lion’ Logo (Picture)

Can somebody help me out?  I’m pretty sure I missed something.  I’m well aware that Nike loves releasing new LeBron James products and constantly releases sneakers like these ones and these ones, but their newest LeBron logo is a tad bit confusing. The theme for Nike’s new LeBron logo is “The Heart of a Lion.”  Here is what the new logo looks like, as passed along by the USA Today via I Am a GM:

I could have sworn this was the guy who gets made fun of for disappearing in the playoffs, but maybe I have King James confused with someone else.  This logo, which is based on the coat of arms of medieval monarchs like King Richard the Lionheart, shows that Nike believes their poster boy is a fighter.  Here is Nike’s opinion of James:

“Beat after beat. Game after game. LeBron James’ heart stays strong. The two-time NBA MVP has seen his fair share of battles. He’s done his time on the hardwood. In the gym. And around the neighborhood. With every victory the beast within grows stronger. More determined. Fearless. Always on.”

The logo suits him perfectly, doesn’t it?

Amar’e Stoudemire: Boris Diaw and Ronny Turiaf Are NBA’s Smelliest Players

Within any large collection of grown men there are bound to be some stinkers. Some guys smell more than others. That’s a fact of life. Whether it’s because of unfortunate genetic makeup or poor personal hygiene, not everyone is easy to stand within a few feet of.

With that in mind, there are a number of low post players in the NBA who are tough to bang bodies with.  Sure, some players are difficult to defend or post up because they are good players, but others are effective because of their odiously offensive odor.  If Amar’e Stoudemire is telling the truth, two such players are Ronny Turiaf and Boris Diaw.

“Confirmed. Confirmation, granted,” Stoudemire said during an appearance on the Dan LeBatard Show Tuesday when asked if rumors of Turiaf smelling are true.

Amar’e was then asked who was the second-worst smelling guy in the league. “I dunno, man. I try not to get close to these guys. But I think Boris Diaw might be a close second. 1A and 1B.”

There you have it. Diaw may ride a Segway which cuts down on physical stress, but it apparently does not help with his odor problem.  If anyone knows anything about cleanliness, it would probably be a fashion queen king like Stoudemire, so we’ll take his word for it.

Michael Jordan Was a No-Show for Carmelo Anthony’s Wedding

Carmelo Anthony is one of the few professional athletes who represents the Jordan Brand. Endorsing the Jordan Brand places Melo in exclusive company; most players consider it an honor to be associated with Michael Jordan. One would figure it would lead to a strong relationship between the current Knicks star and former NBA legend, but apparently it’s not enough to make MJ show up to Melo’s wedding.

Asked by GQ if he was surprised by anyone who showed up for his wedding, Melo focused on who wasn’t there.

“Everybody came who said they were going to come, except Michael Jordan. He was supposed to come but you know, he’s Jordan.”

Melo said in the interview that he has a strong relationship with Jordan, and that it was an honor to be included with the Jordan Brand. But their relationship isn’t strong enough for Jordan to attend the wedding. If anyone could blow off Melo, maybe it’s Michael Jordan. Given his friction with today’s NBA players, it’s probably best he didn’t show.

But come on, Mike, you’re better than that. If you RSVP yes, you better dress to impress. The only positive is Jordan didn’t have to see Amare Stoudemire wearing this ridiculous outfit.

High five I am a GM