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Wednesday , May , 19 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Boston Celtics, because of defense, could win 18th NBA Title

Paul Pierce scored 28 points, Rajon Rondo had 25 and the Boston Celtics again avoided a late collapse to take a commanding lead in the Eastern Conference finals with a 95-92 victory over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.

Boston bullied and bruised its way to a 2-0 series lead on the road against a Magic team that had won 14 straight until this series. The Celtics held the Magic to 39 percent shooting.

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HoopsVibe's Quick Call: The Boston Celtics - the team most 'experts' pronounced dead at mid season - are two wins from advancing to the NBA Finals because of defense.

The green-and-white's ability to get-stops at home and, most importantly, on the road gives them a chance in every game. And great teams, world champions, have to be able to grind out wins in the other team's barn.

The Celtics, with a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals, have done exactly that against the Magic. And there's no reason they couldn't do the same against either the Los Angeles Lakers or Phoenix Suns.

Boston, with a still relevant Big Three and rapidly developing Rajon Rondo, could very well raise their eighteenth championship banner this June. Not bad for a supposedly dead team.

Could the Boston Celtics really win it all this year? Get at HoopsVibe News with thoughts in Comment box below.

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Tuesday , May , 18 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Will Dwight Howard stay MIA against Boston Celtics?

They watched themselves on video and didn't like how they behaved. They weren't running hard. They weren't playing smart.

"We're usually the team that's out running, getting easy baskets -- they were doing it," said Magic center Dwight Howard on Monday after reviewing his 3-for-10 shooting, seven-turnover performance in a Game 1 loss to Boston in the Eastern Conference finals. "It's about effort. These types of games, the closer you get to the NBA Finals, it's more about effort than anything."

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Wednesday , May , 05 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

NBA All-Defensive Team Announced

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, winner of the 2009-10 Defensive Player of the Year Award presented by Kia Motors, and guard Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics headline the NBA All-Defensive First Team, the NBA announced Wednesday.

By totaling 57 points overall, including 28 First Team votes, Howard edged Rondo (50 points overall and 23 First Team votes) as the leading vote-getter.

Also selected to the All-Defensive First Team are forward LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers (45 points), Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (34 points) and Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace (30 points).
 
Dwight Howard crying over the Zebras.
Wednesday , May , 05 , 2010 J.N.

Dwight Howard crying over the Zebras.

"I'm not looking to say anything to get myself in trouble with the league, but I just don't see other star players getting called for fouls the way I get them," Howard wrote. "No star player in the league is outta games the way I am."

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Matt Barnes: I Was 100% against ‘Basketball Wives’
Friday , Apr , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Matt Barnes: I Was 100% against ‘Basketball Wives’

Matt Barnes is the only active NBA player to have appeared in Basketball Wives, and evidently he's none too happy about it. He appeared on Jim Rome's radio show recently and let us know how he really feels about the TV show that gives us a glimpse into the lives of NBA wives and girlfriends. (If you haven't seen it, by the way, click here to watch Matt Barnes' appearance on Basketball Wives.)

 “I was 100% against it. Shaunie O’Neal approached my fiancée (Gloria Govan) and I was really apprehensive about it. They kept approaching my fiancée Gloria about it back and forth and back and forth and I was really against it. My fiancée talked to the producers and went through everything and felt good about it. I definitely backed her."

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Thursday , Apr , 29 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

NBA Fines Dwight Howard $35K for Blog Comments

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard has been fined $35,000 for public criticism of the officiating that appeared on his personal blog, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

Howard’s comments appeared on his blog on April 27.
 

 

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Monday , Apr , 26 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Orlando Magic Dub Dwight Howard “Foul on You”

Move over Superman, a new nickname is catching on for Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard.

You can call him "Foul on You."

"That's my new nickname. They've been killing me all day calling me 'Foul on You,' " Howard said of his teammates after shootaround Monday before their playoff game against Charlotte. "So I've accepted my new role."

The teasing stems from the four-time All-Star being called for 16 fouls in the first three games against the Bobcats, who have used three centers to frustrate him.

Howard fouled out with 3:32 left in Game 3 on Saturday, but the Magic still rallied to win to take a 3-0 series lead despite Howard playing just over 82 of a possible 144 minutes.

"My teammates say when we wrestle I shouldn't use 100 percent of my strength. They said I should use 50 or 40 percent," said Howard, smiling. "So that's been the main focus today, using 40 percent of my strength to hold guys off." 

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Monday , Apr , 26 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Dwight Howard Makes Unusual Move in Leaving Agent

In what could be considered a risky upheaval for such a crucial time of the season, Dwight Howard(notes) has left his long-time agent, Aaron Goodwin, multiple sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Howard’s next move is unclear, although sources say he planned to lean more toward letting some extended family and friends manage his business.

Cleveland’s LeBron James(notes) left Goodwin in 2005 with a similar plan.

Goodwin had helped to turn Howard’s gregarious and good-natured way into marketing gold. He constructed an impressive platform of endorsements for Howard, including a believed $6 million-$7 million annual shoe deal with Adidas and major national campaigns with McDonald’s, T-Mobile, Vitamin Water and others. No NBA player is believed to have as many major sponsors.

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Thursday , Apr , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Jeff Van Gundy Not Likely to Return to Coaching Soon

Jeff Van Gundy isn't interested in coaching the Nets, or any other team, according to his brother, Magic coach Stan Van Gundy.

Before coaching the Magic in a playoff game against the Bobcats Wednesday night, Stan Van Gundy told Fanhouse.com that it is clear to him that his TV brother is unlikely to be pacing any sideline in the near future.

"He hasn't shown any great interest in getting back in," Stan Van Gundy said before Game 2.

"His family is happy the way it is now, and I'm not sure uprooting them now is what he wants to do," Stan Van Gundy said. "He hasn't shown any inclination to do that. He likes what he's doing - spending a lot of time with the family - and he works 50 days a year, which isn't a bad job."
 
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Thursday , Apr , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Van Gundy, Barnes, Howard Feel Disrespected by Refs

“I mean, it’s just so frustrating because you know, his first four fouls, and I’m not saying they’re not fouls, I haven’t looked at the tape, but there’s certainly nothing blatant,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. “There’s nothing where it’s obvious to everybody that it was a foul. I just don’t see other great players in this league on the bench all the time with foul trouble, especially on marginal call. I just don’t. But, you’re sitting there on all of those and you’re going ‘wow, really that’s a foul?’And he’s sitting down; he’s played 28 minutes in each game.”

“No respect,” said Matt Barnes. “Dwight gets no respect, from the refs or from the league as far as not being mentioned as the MVP. It’s crazy to see what they do to him every single play and then he puts his arm up and they call a foul. So it’s tough, but I think we did a good job playing through that.”

Howard was asked if he feels disrespected by the referees.

“I do,” Howard said. “I just want to try not to get frustrated. It’s very tough when you’re out there playing and you try to block shots, rebound and be physical and sometimes the whistle doesn’t go your way. I try not to get frustrated, my teammates do the best they can to keep me from losing my head; I haven’t done it in six years, hopefully I can continue.” 

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Tuesday , Apr , 20 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Dwight Howard Named Defensive Player of the Year Again

Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic is the recipient of the 2009-10 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award presented by Kia Motors, the NBA announced today, marking the second straight season the All-Star has earned the honor.

The 6-11 center became the first player to lead the league in rebounding and blocks (1973-74 was the first season blocks were kept as an official statistic) in consecutive seasons, averaging 13.2 rebounds and 2.78 blocks. Howard also paced the league in field goal percentage (.612), becoming the first player to lead the NBA in all three of those categories since the NBA started keeping blocked shots. He also became only the fifth player in NBA history to lead the league in rebounding for at least three consecutive seasons. Howard recorded an NBA-high 64 double-doubles, including three 20-point/20-rebound efforts.

As part of its support of the Defensive Player of the Year Award, Kia Motors America will donate a 2011 Kia Sorento CUV on behalf of Howard to the Nap Ford Community School in Parramore, a community in downtown Orlando. Nap Ford's vision is to empower students to maximize their potential to be contributing members of society. Kia Motors will present a brand new Sorento, the Official Vehicle of the NBA, to the charity of choice of each of four 2009-10 season-end award winners as part of the "The NBA Performance Awards Presented by Kia Motors." Following this season, Kia Motors will have donated a total of 12 new vehicles to charity since the program began in 2008.

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Tuesday , Apr , 20 , 2010 Marija Kero, The Knicks Chick

The Knicks Chick on Why the Celtics Are Going Home and the First-Round Match-ups

HoopsVibe is proud to welcome Marija Kero, better known to many of you as The Knicks Chick, to the team. Marija will be checking in with videoblogs covering everything from her beloved Knicks to Ron Artest's latest hair-related mishap. In her first piece, Marija shares her thoughts on Boston's bad temper, the surging Mavs and the ghosts of NYK past appearing in the postseason. 

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All or nothing: Cavaliers, Lakers, and Magic must win NBA Title or face major changes
Saturday , Apr , 17 , 2010 Oly Sandor

All or nothing: Cavaliers, Lakers, and Magic must win NBA Title or face major changes

The Quick Hit: For the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, and Orlando Magic, it’s all or nothing.

The all is having Commissioner David Stern hand over the Larry O’Brien trophy in two months and pronounce them world champions in a champagne soaked ceremony.

Only the all will do. Only the all will satisfy their demanding fan base. Only the all will satisfy their demanding owners, who have taken on multi-million dollar luxury tax payments for this precise moment.

While nothing, or falling short of an NBA Title, will force Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Orlando to make wholesale changes this off-season. Right or wrong, fair or not, these are the stakes when playing for a contender.

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Monday , Mar , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Dwight Howard: I’ll Probably Get 16th Tech, Suspended

Dwight Howard is a confident guy.

But the Orlando Magic center’s confidence vanishes on one point: his ability to avoid a one-game suspension for accruing too many technical fouls.

The Magic have 12 regular-season games remaining. If Howard picks up just one more technical in any of those games, he’ll receive a one-game suspension.

“I would say I might get it,” Howard said Sunday with a smile, eliciting laughter from reporters. “I’m going to try not to, but chances are my emotions tend to fly. I’m going to try [not to get a tech]. A lot of people have talked to me about it. They call me ‘Little Rasheed Wallace’ and stuff like that.” 

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Friday , Jan , 22 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

Dwight Howard Impersonates Charles Barkley on TNT

Dwight Howard may have come under fire lately for his inconsistent production, but the former Sprite Slam Dunk champion obviously hasn't lost his sense of humour.  Prompted by Ernie Johnson, D12 happily breaks out his Charles Barkley impersonation to the amusement of the TNT crew.  Check out the clip below and let us know if you think Dwight Howard's Charles Barkley impersonation hit the target or if, like Howard's face-up game, it needs a little work.