- Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “[Dwight] Howard’s stopover in Central Florida will be brief. He’ll be traveling to Senegal later this week to participate in a Basketball without Borders camp. He also is planning a trip to India to promote the NBA and a trip later this summer to work for a second time with Hakeem Olajuwon. In June, Howard worked out with Olajuwon in Texas. So, what did Howard get out of those workout sessions? ’Basically, what he was saying was I have to become a person that is not afraid to do anything on the floor,” Howard said. “He said right now there’s only certain parts of my game that I’m not afraid to do, but other parts I am. I have to be able to do all of those things, basically. That’s the biggest thing I took from him. I just think he was watching and seeing me play for a while,’ Howard added later. ”All the things we worked on, he was just wondering why I never used those things in a game. He saw all the things that I could do, and he was very impressed. He said that I cannot be afraid to do all these things.’ ”
- Brendan Suhr, former assistant coach of the Orlando Magic when Chuck Daly roamed the sidelines, joins the UCF’s men’s basketball program.
- Tim Povtak of NBA FanHouse: “Just because basketball fans around the world have become enamored with the star-studded Miami Heat doesn’t mean Magic center Dwight Howard will be joining in the fun, too. He is tired of the topic.Much like his team CEO did a few days before, Howard refused to bow down before the Three Kings of Miami Monday, expressing some of the same skepticism that others around the league have shown.”
- No. Really. Dwight Howard doesn’t want to talk about the Miami Heat.
- Howard’s chase-down block of Rajon Rondo in Game 5 of the 2010 NBA Eastern Conference Finals in video. Enjoy.
- John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com catches up with Superman: “Howard has done a lot of stuff to take his mind off basketball after the Magic fell short in their bid to return to the NBA Finals and win a championship. Orlando swept Charlotte and Atlanta in the first two rounds of the playoffs, but fell behind 3-0 to Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals and eventually lost in six games. In the time since the end of the season, Howard traveled to Beijing, Cheng Du and Shenyang, China and Taipei, Taiwan conducting clinics, playing pickup basketball and judging dunk contests as a part of promotional tours for the NBA, Amway and Adidas. Thousands of people mobbed almost every event just to get a peek at the Magic’s 6-foot-11, 270-pound superstar, so much so that one event that 200 security personnel were needed. [...] Up next for Howard is a journey to Senegal as part of the Basketball Without Borders program. It is there that he hopes to meet up with Olajuwon once again. Howard drilled with Olajuwon for five days in June in Houston, working on footwork and low-post drills. Olajuwon, a Hall of Famer and two-time NBA champion, has served as somewhat of a mentor to Howard, giving him advice at times late last season and motivation for the future.”
- Josh Cohen of OrlandoMagic.com talks about rivalries.