NBA All-Defensive Team: Orlando’s Dwight Howard Leads the Way

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, winner of the last three Defensive Player of the Year Awards, headlines the NBA All-Defensive First Team. Howard totaled 56 points, including 27 First Team votes.

Also selected to the All-Defensive First Team are guard Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics (39 points), forward LeBron James of the Miami Heat (38 points), forward Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics (33 points), and guard Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers (33 points). Garnett and Bryant each earn All-Defensive First Team honors for the ninth time, tying Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan and Gary Payton for the most in league history.

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NBA Suspends Dwight Howard, Quentin Richardson of Orlando Magic

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The Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard has received a one-game suspension without pay for receiving his 18th technical foul of the 2010-11 season, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

Under NBA rules, a player or coach is automatically suspended without pay for one game once he receives his 16th technical foul during a regular season. For every two additional technical fouls received during that regular season, the player or coach will be automatically suspended for an additional game.

Howard received his most recent technical foul with 3:38 remaining in the second quarter of Orlando’s 111-102 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday, April 6, at Time Warner Cable Arena. Howard will serve his suspension Sunday, April 10 when the Magic host the Chicago Bulls at Amway Center.

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Magic’s Dwight Howard Still in NBA MVP Conversation

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Even though most members of the media have chalked the Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose up as the MVP of the NBA this season Dwight Howard’s head coach and teammates beg to differ.

And, if you’re going to be open to having a discussion on the topic, it’s not hard to see their argument.

Howard currently ranks in the top 10 in rebounding, blocked shots and field goal percentage. If he finishes in the top 1o in scoring (he’s currently tied for tenth) he would become just the tenth player in NBA history  to finish in the top 10 in each of those categories. Pretty heady company since only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan, Bob McAdoo, David Robinson, Bob Lanier, Artis Gilmore, Patrick Ewing and Hakeem Olajuwon have accomplished this feat.
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Dwight Howard Jersey Giveaway Causes Mini-Riot in Chicago


By Paul M. Banks

Today is certainly the era of athlete accessibility- sort of. With so many professional athletes blogging, twittering and doing a greater number of public events, many fans feel closer than ever to the game; until security steps in.

Following the Orlando Magic’s 101-98 preseason road victory over the Chicago Bulls Monday night, Magic Center Dwight Howard was one of a few Orlando players to give his jersey away to United Center fans. The visitor’s exit tunnel runs right below the section of press row where I was seated that night, so I witnessed the entire unfortunate episode. A swarm of fans struggled mightily with each other to possess Howard’s sweat-stained jersey. After the mosh pit style scene subsided, a Caucasian male in a Magic jacket, looking about “tweenage,” came away with it. Or so he thought. A security official took it back, and after all the fighting and fuss, no one got the jersey.dsc03052

The forlorn look on the tween’s face was a depressing sight. I felt so bad for him, if you told a five year old that Santa Claus didn’t exist on Christmas Eve, that child would probably be in better spirits than this guy appeared to be.

After the game, the two reporters next to me who also witnessed the brouhaha, (Bryan Crawford of Slam Magazine and Chris Cason of the accompanied me in speaking with Howard. Crawford informed Howard that a small riot erupted amongst the fans trying to get his jersey after he exited.

“Dude asked me for the jersey, and they took it from him? Tell him to Tweet me,” Howard said in disappointment from hearing that the boy was unable to keep the jersey.

I then mentioned that I snapped a couple pics of the scene. “Send me the Twitpics,” Howard responded.

So there you go: if you’re the fan who missed out, send Dwight Howard a tweet, because he loves the fans in the Second City.

“Chicago’s a great place to play period, doesn’t matter if its preseason or end of the season, the fans are always great. It’s always a good game when you play in Chicago,” Dwight stated.

Oh and by the way, Howard led the Magic with 10 rebounds and tied with Ryan Anderson to lead the team 18 points. This kept the Magic undefeated in preseason, but of course, Howard knows how meaningless that is. “We can’t be like ‘we went undefeated in preseason,’ because that doesn’t mean anything,” he said before articulating that the team lacks regular season intensity. “We have two more games before the season starts, It’s no more time for fun and games. It’s time for everybody to get going.”