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Tim Tebow Invites LeBron James, Dwight Howard to Play for Broncos

Twitter nearly exploded late Monday when superstars Tim Tebow, LeBron James, and Dwight Howard all became part of the same conversation. When it comes to polarizing athletes in the world, it doesn’t get much bigger than Tebow or LeBron. Dwight’s not as controversial, but he has a strong presence on Twitter with 2.3 million followers.

Things started when Dwight, who is an active tweeter/social media guy, took a picture of himself Tebowing:

He accompanied the picture by saying “This [is] for Tebow lol. Good game boy.”

Tebow, who tweets infrequently, responded “lol appreciate the love Superman!”

Dwight upped the ante after that, telling Tebow “Keep up the good work. Despite all the haters you work hard you got heart and you got Jesus. You can’t lose.”

Tebow responded “thank you brother, will do! Jesus is above all else!”

It was after that when Tebow invited Dwight and LeBron to play for the Broncos.

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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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Shaq: Dwight Howard Has No Competition, Should Win Three Championships

If you know anything about the relationship between Dwight Howard and Shaquille O’Neal, you know that there is no love lost between the two big men.  Shaq won four NBA championships throughout his career and is considered one of the most dominant centers to ever play the game.  Howard is still in search of his first ring but has already established himself as a premier center at the young age of 25.  While both big men started their careers with the same organization, they just can’t seem to get along.

In a recent interview with The New Orleans Times-Picayune that the Orlando Sentinel passed along on Monday, Shaq decided to throw some more verbal jabs toward the giant they call Superman.  This time, Shaq insisted Dwight is only able to dominate the game because there are no great centers left in the NBA.

“If Dwight doesn’t win two or three championships, I’m going to be disappointed,” Shaq said. “He doesn’t have nobody. When I came in the league, I had to go through Alonzo Mourning, Arvydas Sabonis, Kevin Duckworth, Rik Smits. Now I can’t name any other centers besides Kendrick Perkins and Andrew Bynum. Who else is there? That’s it.”

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Dwight Howard Mocks LeBron James, Vince Carter on Twitter

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard has been spending his time this offseason traveling around the world and more recently, goofing around on twitter. When he’s not busy dancing the Haka with the New Zealand rugby team or entering planking competitions with Gilbert Arenas, he’s cracking on LeBron James and Vince Carter on twitter.

As NBA Offseason pointed out, Howard replied to a person on twitter by ripping LeBron’s hairline:

As if ripping on LeBron’s hairline (something not uncommon around NBA circles) wasn’t enough, he then mocked Vince Carter by posting this picture along with the accompanying message “Vince carte planking lol”

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Video: Dwight Howard Does the “Haka” with New Zealand All Blacks

A little digging on Wikipedia has taught me that the “Haka” is a dance ritual that the All Blacks, a New Zealand rugby team, has made popular. The version of the dance they perform is a war ritual that was originally performed by warriors before a battle. In that sense, it probably isn’t something that is supposed to be entertaining and/or humorous. When Dwight Howard has a go at it, it becomes a joke for us. Check out the Dwight Howard Haka video that Sports by Brooks Live passed along:

We all know Dwight likes to mess around as evidenced by hilarious interviews like this one, his tendency to make fun of LeBron James, and the reenactment he pulled off when Derek Anderson’s meltdown was fresh news.  This takes it to a new level.  Guy is clearly in the zone getting his warrior on.  He should teach the Orlando Magic to do the dance before home games next season. Oh, wait…

Dwight Howard Complains on Twitter Writers Trying to Push Him Out of Orlando

Many media members have decided that Dwight Howard is going to leave Orlando for Los Angeles. Dwight hasn’t indicated that was the case, but he also didn’t help himself when he refused to answer a question about his future in a recent interview. There is little doubt his impending free agency is a sore subject, and he’s unfortunately in a lose-lose situation. When he tries to ignore the subject, people take it as a sign. And now that he’s spoken out, people will blow it out of proportion. Here’s what Howard wrote on twitter Monday night during the Thunder-Grizzlies game:

“Y does it seem like the writers of Orlando sentinel are tryna push me out of Orlando with dumb articles. It’s annoying. Can I enjoy my summer and get ready for next season in Orlando. Pls. Same thing u guys did to Shaq. Smh”

First off, I don’t recall anyone pushing Shaq out of town. Far as I remember, he always wanted to come to LA to be a star in Hollywood*. As for the writers trying to push him out of town, I’m guessing he’s referring to an article posted Monday afternoon titled “The Lakers are coming after Dwight Howard.”

Here’s the part I’m guessing bothered him the most:

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Dwight Howard Not as Dominant as Third Straight Defensive Player of the Year Award Suggests

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard won the 2010-11 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. Dwight has now won three consecutive DPoY awards, making it the first time any NBA player has done so since the award was introduced in 1982-83.

Howard led the NBA with 66 double-doubles, ranked second in rebounds (14.1 rpg) and fourth in blocks (2.38 bpg). Overall, his impact is hard to quantify into a single stat like P.E.R. because some aspects of defense just aren’t quantifiable. But the eyeball test tells us that Dwight is nothing short of a beast in the middle. His 3rd DPoY award is the 3rd most all-time, behind the four both Ben Wallace and Dikembe Mutombo won. And the way things are looking, Dwight might win five or six by the time his career is all said and done.

While the voting wasn’t unanimous, it was oblongly lopsided. Dwight received 585 points with 114 first-place votes out of a 120 possible. Five sportswriters gave him 2nd place votes and one inexplicably left him off of their ballot. While I won’t defend that one person, I will admit that there are some people, including myself, who don’t see Dwight as the bar-none best defensive player in the league.

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