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Dwight Howard calls out paper for 'dumb articles'

Posted on: May 10, 2011 1:20 am
Edited on: May 10, 2011 2:42 am
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Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard criticizes his local newspaper for its coverage of his future with the team. Posted by Ben Golliver. dwight-howard-lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers bombed out of the playoffs, the Orlando Magic bombed out of the playoffs and Dwight Howard hasn't yet committed to a long-term contract extension, so it doesn't take a rocket scientist to think up a trade scenario between the two teams that centers around the All-Star center. Back in the day, Shaquille O'Neal went from Disneyworld to Disneyland and many assume Howard will do the same thing.

No one has been more aggressive in tracking that potential move than the Orlando Sentinel, who created a website application that allowed users to dress up Howard in the jerseys of different teams, including the Lakers. (An image from the application is shown to the right.)

On Monday night, Howard took to Twitter to criticize the paper for its coverage of his future (all sics are his).
"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"
In a series of follow-up tweets, Howard clarified that he's not blaming the media.
"I'm not blaming the media. I'm saying stop with the dumb articles. They don't make be decision of mine. I jus don't want Orlando fans to believe them. Cuz they don't know. I love my city"
Assessing the Sentinel's Magic page on Monday night, you could read a column calling on Howard to inform the team of his future plans, a story about L.A.'s pursuit of Howard, a story that led with discussion of the Howard-to-Lakers talk, video of Howard describing the state of his contract negotiations with the Magic and a poll for fans to vote whether they would trade Howard and guard Gilbert Arenas to the Lakers for Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom and Steve Blake.

There's probably more, but you get the point.

No one -- especially not Howard -- should be surprised by the volume of coverage of his future. It's far and away the dominant storyline concerning the franchise from now until the second he is signed to an extension or traded. Griping will get him absolutely nowhere. Newsflash Superman, they're just getting started.

Ultimately, the paper's reporters are really just doing their jobs: feeding an insatiable beast. Well, except for that jersey application. That was kind of a low blow.
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Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 8:28 pm
 

Dwight Howard calls out paper for 'dumb articles'

was born in Mass. and moved to Orlando when I was 5.
Moved when you were 5 doesn't even really count as being from there.

Especially with your UCF Knight screen name. You seem 100% Orlando ... southern boy.
Who wants 8 months of crappy weather and no sun. Not to mention it gets dark at like 4 in the winter. Massachusetts is a depressing place to live.

Well let's see, the weather in FL blows. It's only nice in the late late fall, winter and early early spring. Incredible hell hole of 8 months of heat and bugs.

FL has phenomenal weather in the winter. I will give you that without question. A New England spring, summer and fall is one of the most beautiful things out there.

But if all we judge it on is weather ... you still aint got it.

I lived in FL more than twice as long as you lived in MA, and was in my adult life so I probably should know more.

Orlando is full of simple minded hicks that have never left town. Don't even get me started on "inbredville" like Leesburg and other points west, or country ghetto Kissimmee.

If not for Disney World, this place wouldn't even show up on a map.



Since: May 11, 2011
Posted on: May 11, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Dwight Howard calls out paper for 'dumb articles'

The media just can't find anything useful to write. So why not MAKE UP stories. Anything to get people to read. And guess what we all read it. Extra Extra - Looking to read a real story.



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2011 10:36 am
 

Dwight Howard calls out paper for 'dumb articles'

Sounds like somoene that is ready to leave his team to me. I can understand it may be irritating but he hasn't exactly excuded confidence that he will resign with them. I don't blame him, he is going no where fast with the team that is surrounding him. Portland has the assets to get a trade done and would love to see him there but doubtful he will want to play in Portland. I see him in LA which has enough to swing a trade as well which will more than likely be the case as Orlando will want to maximize their return.



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 10:15 pm
 

Dwight Howard calls out paper for 'dumb articles'

DynastyOfPats wrote: Born in Boston. Moved to Orlando when I was 27. 12 years later, moving back. Can't wait.

I was born in Mass. and moved to Orlando when I was 5. Moved back to Mass. a couple times over the years and I travel to the Cape 2-3 times a year. I am 100% sure Orlando and Florida in general is a better place to live. Who wants 8 months of crappy weather and no sun. Not to mention it gets dark at like 4 in the winter. Massachusetts is a depressing place to live. I gurantee D12 is not going to Boston. He's is a southern boy.






Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: May 10, 2011 8:04 pm
 

Dwight Howard calls out paper for 'dumb articles'

Overrated? lol. Keep in mind Dwight never has played with a Penny Hardaway (in his prime) or Kobe Bryant type superstar. Let's see what Howard does with another superstar. I am not dissing Shaq (one of the best centers of all time), but let's see what Howard can do with similar talent that Shaq had in his career. Kobe and Dwight would be a much scarier duo than Kobe-Gasol. Justjoe naybe you can name a center playing right now in the NBA that is better than the "overrated" Howard.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: May 10, 2011 5:38 pm
 

Hey Ben Golliver - You're not Helping

Sometimes CBSSports.com publishes some dumb articles too.



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: May 10, 2011 3:50 pm
 

Dwight Howard calls out paper for 'dumb articles'

zonetwlite wrote: No one who has ever tasted Florida wants to live in Boston.

Born in Boston. Moved to Orlando when I was 27. 12 years later, moving back. Can't wait.



Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 12:15 pm
 

Dwight Howard calls out paper for 'dumb articles'

No one who has ever tasted Florida wants to live in Boston. I mean really you guys vote for Barney Frank over and over, what a buch of idiots.



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: May 10, 2011 12:00 pm
 

Dwight Howard calls out paper for 'dumb articles'

Hey Justtoe,

How on earth can you say Howard is overrated???

He's the best defensive player in the league for last 3-4 years now. Types of players like these come rare. The guy is a beast.

He's never even had a great all star to play with in his career. He took them to the finals. What has your player done???




Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 11:54 am
 

Dwight Howard calls out paper for 'dumb articles'

Congrats Justjoe, you win the dumbest thing on the internet daily prize.  Have you ever seen a basketball game?


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