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Posts Tagged ‘Dwight Howard’

This Just In: Sportswriters Have No Idea Where Dwight Howard Will Be Playing Next Season

There is no shortage of speculative coverage about whether Lakers center Dwight Howard will return to the purple and gold in 2013-14. It’s fuel for the [f]ire known as sports talk radio, Internet blog Web and newspaper sports sections.

Just like Oscar season, just like who might buy the LA Times, the Howard huzzah started immediately and has not stopped. Even though there’s nothing much new and tangible to base it all on. Here’s how Mark Medina contextualized the matter for the Los Angeles Daily News:

A source familiar with Howard’s thinking says he plans to test free agency and has considered the Lakers, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Golden State…

The source added Howard’s main concern involves “what team he feels has the best chance to win championships, has the best team and system around him.” The source also stressed Howard has not and will not ask the Lakers to make any moves on his behalf… Either way, Howard can’t officially re-sign until July 10 when a moratorium on NBA business is lifted.

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A Rolling Stones Song List for Lakers Fans

There was zero satisfaction Sunday at STAPLES Center. A day after the Rolling Stones ran through their customary pre-arena-tour small club show at The Echoplex, the black-and-blue purple and gold mercifully kissed a miserable 2012-13 season goodbye.

In honor of this weekend’s intersection of “45 & Stinking” (Lakers) with “50 & Counting” (Stones), we’ve compiled a very special song list. This one’s a little different than the one Mick jumped through Saturday night, but for die-hard Lakers fans, it’s the only one that makes sense:

“Sad Sad Sad”
“The Worst”
“Stop Breaking Down”
“Shattered”
“Out of Tears”
“Rock and a Hard Place”
“Doom and Gloom”
“Dear Doctor”
“Biggest Mistake”
“It’s All Over Now”

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Twitter Assist Powers John Ireland to Memorable Game-Ending Call

At the conclusion of Wednesday night’s ESPN 710 broadcast of the Lakers’ 113-99 drubbing of the Boston Celtics, play-by-play man John Ireland uttered these golden words: “I guess you could say that was just what the doctor ordered…”

It was such a perfect way to close out the first Lakers match since the death of team owner Dr. Jerry Buss that on today’s edition of Mason & Ireland, colleague Mark Willard wondered if Ireland had prepared the line beforehand or come up with it on the spot. “Neither,” the broadcaster honestly replied.

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Lakers Get the DP Show Mock-Headline Treatment

For today’s edition of “Fans vs. Fritzy” mock headlines, Dan Patrick and the Danettes zeroed in on the titanic Laker woes. With entries such as “Howard the Hell Did This Happen?…” and “Kiss My Nash…”, the fans via Paul “Pauly” Pabst “toasted” executive producer Todd “Fritzy” Fritz.

Then again, it’s not really a fair fight. Kind of like when the Lakers square off against the Thunder, Grizzlies or any other median-age-advantaged Western Conference rivals.

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Kobe is Correct: Lakers Nation Needs to…

Shut up.

It doesn’t matter if the Lakers lose to the Clippers tonight, just like it didn’t matter that they lost to the Mavericks and the Trail Blazers. Far beyond the first week of the 2012-13 regular season, they’re going to make the playoffs. And by that time, the team will be just fine.

Panic of this preposterous sort is what drives sports talk radio ratings. And so, if you have been listening – as we have – to ESPN 710 and KLAC 570, you are hereby forgiven for assuming the Lakers are 0-81 going into tonight rather than 0-2.

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New LA Lakers Duo Graces Sports Illustrated Cover

Notice who’s missing from this cover?

Get used to seeing less of Kobe Bryant and more of the Los Angeles Lakers’ two newest stars in Steve Nash and Dwight Howard.

Nash and Howard are on the cover of the Sports Illustrated NBA preview issue, which hits newsstands on Wednesday.

In the issue, Howard tells Lee Jenkins about the first time he had an alcoholic beverage:

On the night of Aug. 10, when Howard was dealt to the Lakers, he went to dinner at Mastro’s in Beverly Hills, and a large group of strangers invited him to their private room. “They said, ‘Dwight, we want to welcome you to L.A. and make a toast to you and your new journey here,’ ” Howard recalls. “I told them, ‘Thank you, but I don’t drink, I’ve never had a drink before.’ And then I thought about it, and I was like, You know what, I think this deserves a drink.” He clinked glasses and lifted one to his lips.

That is likely the first of many toasts in honor of Howard if the Lakers can bring home another NBA championship.

Vic ‘The Brick’ Jacobs Fans Are Feeling Blue*

The Web page for Fox Sports Radio LA’s weekday national program Loose Cannons now lists only Pat O’Brien and Steve Hartman. That’s because as of this week, third wheel Vic “The Brick” Jacobs has been moved off the show in favor of spot news and Lakers coverage duties.

Allaccess.com is the first to confirm the news. Given VBJ’s loyal fan base, there will likely be more article and Facebook comments like these:

Jerry: I think they did push him out… Pat’s shtick of being impatient with Vic every day was Pat’s true feelings about Vic.

rusticgroovy: It’s only been a couple of days and I really miss Vic. I love Pat (& tolerate Steve) but the Loose Cannons are not the same. Missing you, Vic!

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Your First Look at the 2012 Los Angeles Lakers

Monday marked media day for a majority of the teams in the NBA, including the Los Angeles Lakers.

The team’s two biggest offseason acquisitions, Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, officially donned the gold jerseys for the first time at the team’s training facility in El Segundo.

And in case you’re wondering who’s the alpha male on the court with all the new additions, it’s still Kobe.

“I think this is Kobe’s team,” Nash told ESPNLA.com. “For the media’s perspective, this is Kobe’s team. But anyone who’s ever played on a basketball team, it’s also our team. The team needs to share in that responsibility. Kobe can’t do everything. He’s going to be great at what he’s great at, and the rest of us got to pick up the pieces that get to us. This is undoubtedly Kobe’s team. He’s been here his whole career. He’s won championships. And he’s the best player on the team. We got to be there for him every day, so it’s essentially our team as well.”

Sorry, Dwight.

ESPN Doesn’t Confirm Report That Bill Simmons Will Join NBA Studio Show

In the latest sign that Bill Simmons is the most powerful man at ESPN, the columnist and man behind Grantland will reportedly join ESPN’s NBA studio show this season.

Simmons and former Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy would replace Chris Broussard and Jon Barry, according to Sports By Brooks.

However, ESPN couldn’t confirm the report when contacted on Tuesday by FishbowlLA.

“We are in the process of considering all assignments for both returning and potential new commentator roles. As we’ve said before, Stan is someone we’d be interested in exploring,” said ESPN spokesman Ben Cafardo. “For Bill,  same applies, we’re exploring the best ways to utilize all of our talent, including Bill, this NBA season.”

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Lakers Coach Narrowly Avoids World’s Most Embarrassing Hamstring Injury

ESPN.com LA Lakers blogger Brian Kamenetzky caught up via telephone last week with coach Mike Brown. He leads off the Q&A article with a most obvious question – what was Brown’s reaction when he first heard about the Dwight Howard trade?

Turns out coach got a little contorted upon being told by general manager Mitch Kupchak that against all odds, even if it turns out to be only for a year, the Lakers obtained Howard without having to give up Pau Gasol:

“I got a little excited. I tried to jump up and down, but my mind was telling me to do something that my body wouldn’t allow me to do. I almost pulled my hamstring sitting down. I don’t know if that’s ever happened to anybody, but I was so excited that my leg tensed up. I almost tore my hamstring. So I got up slowly and gave him and Jim Buss a hug.”

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