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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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Dwight Howard Drops a ‘Pause’ When Asked About Andrew Bynum (Video)

Those of you who are unfamiliar with the slang definition of the word “pause” may be more familiar with the term “no homo.”  Both essentially mean the same thing and are used when making a reference that could be construed as sexual in nature.  The latter is used more in a hip hop setting while the former is a bit more common in everyday conversation and in the media.

Dwight Howard, who is no stranger to goofing off during interviews, made the reference when talking about Andrew Bynum after the Magic’s loss to the Lakers on Monday night.  It reminded us a lot of Gus Johnson’s “pause” when Spike like said he “likes Dick” a few years ago, which pretty much introduced LBS to the term.  Check out the Dwight Howard “pause” video, courtesy of Cosby Sweaters.

Shawne Williams Dunks on Dwight Howard (Video)

There are very few occasions where we can say something nice about Shawne Williams.  For a guy who generally makes the news for getting into a fight or getting choked by Ron Artest, it must be refreshing to hear a compliment. When you find a way to dunk over Dwight Howard, you deserve one.  Normally I wouldn’t find Williams throw down on Tuesday night to be that impressive, but when it’s over a beast like Howard we can give you props.  Check out the video of Shawne Williams dunking on Dwight Howard, courtesy of Pro Basketball Talk:

Side note: the Knicks lost because they couldn’t play any defense. That’s different.

Video: Dwight Howard Mocks LeBron James Powder Toss, Photo Intro

If this was Dwight Howard’s way of proving he wasn’t scared of LeBron James and the big, bad Heat, it was a stupid idea. Before the Magic and Heat game in Orlando Thursday, Howard mocked two LeBron James pre-game traditions. The first was the baby powder toss which Howard mimicked using imaginary powder. The second was LeBron’s team photo, something James used to do with the Cavaliers. Here’s the video of both skits:

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Adidas Debuting Tight-Fitting Jerseys at All-Star Game, New Derrick Rose Shoes

Whoo boy, I’m sure you’ve seen Dwight Howard taking off his shirt to reveal a skin-tight jersey underneath plenty of times in the past. Well what if I told you that tight-fitting jersey will be available to him and all All-Star players to wear during the All-Star Game later this month? The jerseys won’t be mandatory but they’ll be optional.

In addition to the tight jerseys, Adidas is releasing a new Derrick Rose shoe called the “adiZero Rose 1.5″ at the All-Star Game. Their other superstar basketball player, Dwight Howard, will have his new “Super Beast” shoe released as well. Both shoes will go for a relatively reasonable $100.

Lastly, the fine people at Adidas are introducing a new warmup suit for the All-Stars that will mimic a three-piece suit, giving players a red carpet look. Can’t wait to see those badboys!

So what do you think of the tight jerseys? I think they’re fine, but cohesiveness is a big issue for me; you can’t have a tight shirt and baggy shorts, it has to be a coordinated look.

Via Black Sports Online and The Basketball Jones)