Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Dwight Howard guarantees Magic championship

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Well, Portland may as well give up any hope this season of a title. Dwight Howard has gone ahead and guaranteed that the Orlando Magic will win the championship THIS season. Perhaps Dwight has been watching some old tape of Grant Hill back in the day or heard his recent comments about coming back with a vengence. Then again, I'm not going to argue with that big boy -- at 270 pounds he's a formidable presence that is only going to get scarier in years to come (see Malone, Karl).
In light of this, it's lucky for the Dallas Mavericks that they have secured the services of Dirk 'Diggler' Nowitzki for another three seasons, so that they have a shot at a title in years to come (after the Magic win this one). The Mavs have not disclosed the amount of the deal, but it rumours are that they have laid $60m on him over the period of the contract.
Speaking of the Mailman, he has been cleared of any wrong-doing by a judge, after his business partner alledged a bribe offered by Malone to take the blame for an illegal elk hunting trip. I just love the mental-image of big Karl dressed up in his hunting costume. Even moreso, it leads my mind back to that incident where Karl Malone told Vanessa Bryant that he was hunting "little Mexican girls." Quality comedy, the whole scenario -- there's a good re-counting of it here.
The guys at Celtics Green asked me to write an article on Sebastian Telfair, for the benefit of Boston readers who are pumped for his input at the Celtics this season -- you can see it here. I hope for Bassy's sake that he can have that breakout season -- just not in the games against the Blazers...
Meanwhile, Pat Riley has confirmed that he's ready for another crack at the title. Will Miami do it? I don't know. Those big Diesel legs are another year older. Alonzo Mourning will similarly play even more of a backseat role. The Glove has some holes in it. On the other hand, D. Wade will be even better as he showed over the Summer at the World Championships and they still have a stacked roster of talent. Detroit has lost Big Ben and a lot of other teams have gotten a lot better -- leaving the East wide open this season.

4 comments:

derrenmatts said...

Hey Mookie, this is Derren over from Celtics Green. Thanks for the write up you put up for our blog site. My sentiments exactly. I don't think Telfair is anywhere near his ceiling. I think he's shown glimpses of it, but for the most part, we have so much more to see coming from him. I mean, he's only 3 years removed from high school (he'd only be a junior at Louiseville this season). PG's take years to really develop their ability to run a team. But the good thing about Telfair is that he's already got the vision and the passing ability to do some damage. I think he just needs to play more under control and use the pick and roll more.

Hey, I think Dwight Howard is chewing off more than he can handle. There's not a chance that Orlando makes it out of the eastern conference. They may not even make it out of Florida (not with Shaq and Wade causing trouble in Miami). But I do think they are forming quite a good team. Howard is definitely a franchise player and he will be one of the top big men in the NBA. Jameer Nelson is also a cornerstone type player. But they have a long ways to go before Howard can say they'll win it all. All he's doing is putting undue pressure on himself and his team.

Well, I'll be stopping by periodically. This is a good place to get other NBA news.

derrenmatts said...

Hey Mookie, this is Derren from Celtics Green. (I had this long post that somehow got erased. I don't remember all that I said, but here's the jist of it) Thanks a lot for putting together that Bassy write up for our blog site. Very generous of you to do that.

I agree that Telfair is nowhere near the player he can be. He's got tremendous skills that just needs to be harnessed.

Dwight Howard, though he is going to be one of the league's top big men, really put undue pressure on himself and on his team. There's no way that Orlando gets out of the eastern conference. They may not even get out of Florida (not with Shaq and Wade causing havoc in Miami).

I'll stop by here periodically. This is a good place for me to catch up on NBA news that doesn't pertain to the Celtics ;D

derrenmatts said...

Hey Mookie, this is Derren from Celtics Green. (I had this long post that somehow got erased. I don't remember all that I said, but here's the jist of it) Thanks a lot for putting together that Bassy write up for our blog site. Very generous of you to do that.

I agree that Telfair is nowhere near the player he can be. He's got tremendous skills that just needs to be harnessed.

Dwight Howard, though he is going to be one of the league's top big men, really put undue pressure on himself and on his team. There's no way that Orlando gets out of the eastern conference. They may not even get out of Florida (not with Shaq and Wade causing havoc in Miami).

I'll stop by here periodically. This is a good place for me to catch up on NBA news that doesn't pertain to the Celtics ;D

Anonymous said...

Hey Mookie, this is Derren from Celtics Green. (I had this long post that somehow got erased. I don't remember all that I said, but here's the jist of it) Thanks a lot for putting together that Bassy write up for our blog site. Very generous of you to do that.

I agree that Telfair is nowhere near the player he can be. He's got tremendous skills that just needs to be harnessed.

Dwight Howard, though he is going to be one of the league's top big men, really put undue pressure on himself and on his team. There's no way that Orlando gets out of the eastern conference. They may not even get out of Florida (not with Shaq and Wade causing havoc in Miami).

I'll stop by here periodically. This is a good place for me to catch up on NBA news that doesn't pertain to the Celtics ;D