- Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel: “And with all due respect to Dwight Howard, who entered last night’s game against the Phoenix Suns shooting a miserable 53 percent from the free throw line, I’m going to have to go with Rick Barry on this one. You see, Barry is one of the greatest free throw shooters who ever lived. When he retired, Barry held the NBA record for most consecutive free throws made (60), highest free throw percentage in a season (.947) and best for a career (.900). And he did it with an underhanded style that today’s image-conscious millionaires would never even consider. [...] And now it’s up to us, Orlando, to be equally relentless in our pursuit to get Dwight to try it. Seriously, what harm could it possibly do? It’s not like it would ruin his stroke. This is, after all, Dwight’s seventh year in the league and he has a career .597 free throw percentage. Isn’t it obvious by now that the conventional style is not going to work for him? Barry says the underhanded method is perfect for a muscle-bound player like Dwight because it would force him to relax. It makes sense. I mean, think about this: The natural position of the body is to stand with your arms hanging down in a completely relaxed position. When you shoot overhanded, the body is in an unnatural position and therefore has a tendency to tense and tighten up. [...] Barry, always blunt and outspoken, is flabbergasted that someone like Dwight won’t even consider going underhanded.”
- Dwight Howard talks about his relationship with Hedo Turkoglu.
- The Orlando Magic are doing an excellent job of rebounding as a team.
- J.J. Redick will not suit up for tonight’s game against the Phoenix Suns.
- Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel takes a look at Howard’s growth on offense.
- Austin Burton of Dime Magazine lists the duo of Jameer Nelson and Vince Carter as one of the 10-best backcourts in the NBA: “Jameer (14.5 ppg, 5.6 apg) gets lost in the shuffle of elite point guards who have more talent, but few are tougher and more tenacious than Orlando’s floor leader. Vince (15.2 ppg, 45% 3PA) obviously isn’t the player he used to be, but he gets too much criticism considering he’s still very good.”