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Dwight Howard Makes Fun of LeBron’s Chalk Toss in Cleveland (Video)

Dwight Howard has become quite the joker this season.  We’ve always known Superman had a sense of humor, but he’s even funnier now that he has made a habit of personally ragging on other athletes.  First, Dwight tooled on Derek Anderson for his “I wasn’t laughing” rant.  On Tuesday night, D-Howard decided to make fun of LeBron James by impersonating his chalk toss to the Cleveland crowd.  Check out the video of Dwight Howard making fun of LeBron James’ chalk toss:

What would have made this bit funnier is if the Cavs fans appreciated it.  Is it just me, or do they not look enthused?  Howard was trying to get a rise out of them, but he wasn’t taking into consideration that they all suffer from PTSD and were probably having horrific flashbacks while he was doing it.

Dwight Howard Makes Fun of Derek Anderson’s Rant (Video)

Poor Derek Anderson.  Not only is he the quarterback of a 3-8 team and a guy who had to answer questions about smiling while he team was getting smacked around — he’s now the center of jokes across the sporting world.  Following a 90-79 Magic win over the Pistons on Tuesday night, Dwight Howard decided to have a little fun at Anderson’s expense.  Check out the video of Dwight Howard making fun of Derek Anderson, courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel:

If Dwight wasn’t about 7 feet tall, 265 pounds, and one of the strongest guys in the NBA, I’d say Anderson should call him out.

Dwight Howard Won’t Be Suspended for Flagrant Foul On Pierce

Last year, Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy spent some time crying about certain players receiving preferential treatment regarding suspensions, depending on the situation.  He was specifically referring to the league’s decision to not suspend Rajon Rondo following a flagrant foul he committed on Chicago’s Brad Miller.  I’m sure Van Gundy has no problem with the officials giving stars preferential treatment in this year’s playoffs, because if they didn’t he’d be without his best player for Game 3 against the Celtics in Boston.  The NBA reviewed Dwight Howard’s foul on Paul Pierce in last night’s game — which was ruled a Flagrant 1 — and announced that the play will stand as called and will not be upgraded to a Flagrant 2.  That means, of course, that Howard will not be suspended.  In case you missed it, here’s the video of Dwight Howard’s flagrant foul on Paul Pierce during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

I’m never one to complain about suspensions not being handed out — especially in the playoffs when it could potentially affect the outcome of a series.  However, there’s no doubt in my mind that if this foul is committed by let’s say, Kendrick Perkins, its a Flagrant 2.  Granted, Perkins is a loud mouth who loses his cool far more often than Howard, but this is absolutely star treatment at its finest.  Howard grabbed Pierce by the face and threw him to the ground.  If that isn’t considered trying to hurt someone, then I really don’t know how you can determine what is and what isn’t.  Maybe Van Gundy’s whining last year paid off.

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NBA: Howard won’t be suspended [ESPN]
Video Credit: YouTube user DontHateTheGhost

Don’t Make Fashion, Color Comments to Dwight Howard

We already heard what happens when you ask Gregg Popovich a question he does not like. Now we know what happens when you make a strange comment to Dwight Howard. Orlando radio host Jerry O’Neill preceded his post-game basketball question to Howard with a comment about Dwight’s outfit/fashion choice. That prompted the following funny reaction from Dwight via the Orlando Sentinel:

A word to the wise: keep it limited to basketball questions, especially if you’re a man. Clearly Dwight was freaked out by that offbeat comment.

Sources:
Dwight Howard video shows funny reaction to color comment by Orlando radio host [Orlando Sentinel]

Dwight Howard’s MVP List: Kevin Durant and Amare Stoudemire Above LeBron

Whether it’s because he plays in Orlando or because he’s a center, it does not seem like Magic center Dwight Howard gets the respect he deserves when it comes to the debate of the best players in the NBA. He has Shaq badgering him about the Superman nickname and then there supposedly is a Magic player who said the team was better without Dwight. Even if that’s just the perception, Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy has turned the question into reality by openly vouching for Dwight’s MVP candidacy on numerous occasions. At the same time, Van Gundy said LeBron will win MVP as long as he’s around. Apparently that line of thinking got into the head of Howard because he didn’t even have LeBron in his top two spots for NBA MVP. Here’s what Howard said during a Tuesday interview on PTI:

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Dwight Howard Changing Nicknames from Superman to Batman

Dwight Howard and Shaq have had a much-publicized feud over the nickname Superman. Shaq branded himself “Superman” around 15-years-ago, capping it off with an “S” tattoo and the words “Man of Steel” written on his arm. He even specially designed a Range Rover that had a Superman “S” on it. There is no doubt that Shaq was the first Superman in this feud but the story got cloudy a few years ago. Dwight Howard wore a Superman cape and came out of a phone booth to dunk at the dunk competition two years ago and the Superman moniker has stuck since then. Not wanting to fade out of the spotlight, Shaq has taken exception to this nickname and dissed Howard after the Cavs beat the Magic Thursday. As a result, Dwight says he doesn’t want a fight with Shaq and he’s willing to change nicknames:

I wouldn’t even call this backing down so much as it is giving credit to your forefathers. In this same vain, LaDainian Tomlinson never should have allowed the LT nickname to catch on; there’s only one, and he used to tear quarterback’s heads off and wear #56 for the Giants.

Shaq on Dwight Howard: ‘Superman my Ass’, Upset over Double-Teams

UPDATE: Dwight Howard says he’s changing nicknames

Even at 38-years-old, Shaq is reluctant to cede the title of most dominant center in the NBA. Prior to Thursday’s Cavs/Magic game, Shaq said there’s really three good centers in the NBA — two were playing in Cleveland (Shaq and Dwight Howard), and the third was injured (Yao Ming). Going back to last year, Shaq and Howard had some beef when Shaq (accurately) accused Dwight Howard of stealing the “Superman” nickname. Later when the their teams met, criticism was heightened when Shaq was accused of flopping. On Thursday night, the game was tied at 96 with five minutes left. While Shaq took an alleyoop pass from LeBron James to give Cleveland the lead for good, Dwight failed to score over the final seven and a half minutes. That prompted some serious comments from Shaq who was upset after the game over being double-teamed. The comments via Brian Windhorst’s twitter:

Shaq on Dwight Howard: “Superman my ass.”

Shaq on getting doubled but not doubling Howard: “When I was coming up and there was Ewing and Hakeem, I never doubled anybody. You tell me who the real Superman is. Don’t compare me to anybody. I’d rather not be mentioned. I’m offended. Hakeem, Ewing, Rik Smits, Duncan, Robinson, the best of the best, straight up. I never doubled nobody.”

I guess Shaq wasn’t getting enough attention for a 13-game winning streak so he figured some words were necessary to steal the spotlight. While I’m not fond of Shaq’s ego-feeding ways, especially at the expense of others, there’s no doubt that this was a statement win by the Cavs. Howard ate them up in the Conference Finals last year but now they have a weapon to match him.