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Dwight Howard on the Heat: "They're not going to be the best team in the NBA next year"

Jul 27, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

 

Dwight Howard and Rajon Rondo have been sharing notes in class, apparently.

No shock that the top teams — led by the top competitors — see what happened in Miami and want to take it on. There’s no shortage of people around the league that want to knock the Heat down a notch or 12. Teams will not be backing down.

Howard and the Magic may be better suited than anyone to do that knocking. Miami still needs to prove their hastily-assembled collection of centers can protect the rim and keep Howard from tearing them up. Miami may be able to, Jamaal Magloire and Joel Anthony may be up to the task, but they are going to have to prove it.

  1. Fausto - Jul 27, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Miami did just fine last year against Orlando every time they played without bosh and lebron and with this ragtag collection of centers.

  2. jeremiah919 - Jul 27, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    The Miami HEAT’s major concern won’t come from the Center postion, people are over looking the fact the HEAT have 2 of the top 3 finishers at the rim, on its team. Its not a strench to think Dwight will be in far to much foul trouble to even matter in a series. And its just laughable to think Boston’s old legs can keep up with the speed. But with that lets just play the games.

  3. hnirobert - Jul 27, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Practice your free throws, Dwight. Practice your free throws.
    I wouldn’t doubt he said that in a tongue and cheek fashion. He’s “boyz” with Dwyane and they’re all sitting back laughing at “reporters” like Kurt for blowing their comments out of proportion.

  4. Craig W. - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Hmmmmm!
    Wonder what these Heat fans will be saying when they go through a rough patch next year – yes, they will have a rough patch or two. I can imagine baldness will become endemic, with all the pulling of hair going on.

  5. Chris - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Your probably right, Craig.
    But I’d rather be pulling my hair out over a bad stretch with the most exciting team in sports that I have loved for over 20 years now then be stuck in perpetual mediocrity like every other team not named the Lakers or Boston.
    Hell, I think LeBron would do just fine covering Howard by himself.

  6. Lee - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Is there such a thing as a “Heat” fan? I guess now that the cards are stacked.

  7. Chris - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Clearly literacy and reading are not among Lee’s strengths.
    Keep hating, god this is delightful.

  8. Sguy2130 - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    @ Craig W. Couldn’t be more wrong. Miami fans are 90% bandwagon, so they won’t be pulling out hairs, they will just forget about it and go back to being uninformed casual sports fans who disregard the team even exists. Chris can go back to being a part time “fan for over 20 years”.
    Lebron cover Howard, are you for real? I think and hope that was just a joke.

  9. Chris - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    LeBron is 6’8”, 250lbs. Dwight Howard is 6’11”, 265lbs. Your right, that is just an INSANE difference. And who on the Magic is stopping Wade? James? Bosh?
    Oh, and you are right. I would be pretty resentful too if we didn’t just put together the funnest team in history and became the center of the basketball universe but also had stunning beaches, gorgeous women, the best nightlife in the country, and a splendid melting pot of cultures to learn from. :/

  10. dylan - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    first of all 2 all u band wagon heat fans go back in the closet no one carries for ur team just like no one cares for ur football team… the only time u support ur teams are when they good when the bad the stadiums are empty…. nothing is a givin and injuries can happen and Orlando is no push over we will be the heats strongest competion other then the Lakers… The heats best player before wade and this year was tim hardaway how long ago waz that…

  11. dylan - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    first of all 2 all u band wagon heat fans go back in the closet no one carries for ur team just like no one cares for ur football team… the only time u support ur teams are when they good when the bad the stadiums are empty…. nothing is a givin and injuries can happen and Orlando is no push over we will be the heats strongest competion other then the Lakers… The heats best player before wade and this year was tim hardaway how long ago waz that…

  12. Jeff C - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Where were all these Heat “fans” when they sucked? Because they certainly weren’t attending Heat games…

  13. High Comedy - Jul 27, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    It’s funny when Heat fans try and pretend like they’ve been fans for 20 years. Judging by the empty seats in the playoffs this past year, not many can say that.
    The most popular form of transportation in South Florida is bandwagon.

  14. Fausto - Jul 27, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    and the most common emotion on this tread is jealousy

  15. NIck - Jul 27, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    Its so pathetic to see other team fans trashing Miami fans as being “Bandwagon”, go look at attendance for the last 7 years and tell me how the seats were empty? Envy is a ugly attribute that you all share, can we not be happy to have a different great team this year? Dont all cry when they beat your team this year

  16. Drew - Jul 28, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    It is entertaining to see all these Miami “fans” are finally out of the woodwork. It will be very exciting to watch Wade, Lebron, and Bosh. What is going to be even more exciting is seeing the dumbfounded look on these bandwagon fools when Miami doesn’t deliver. Nick…seats were empty. Envy is not what is driving these conversations…Wade is the only person who is not a quitter anyway. Bosh and Lebron have a lot to prove.

  17. Drew - Jul 28, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    It is entertaining to see all these Miami “fans” are finally out of the woodwork. It will be very exciting to watch Wade, Lebron, and Bosh. What is going to be even more exciting is seeing the dumbfounded look on these bandwagon fools when Miami doesn’t deliver. Nick…seats were empty. Envy is not what is driving these conversations…Wade is the only person who is not a quitter anyway. Bosh and Lebron have a lot to prove.

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