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Dwight Howard would rather have Kevin Durant than LeBron James on his team

Sep 22, 2010, 7:11 PM EDT

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Magic center Dwight Howard recently sat down for an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Dan Patrick.

During the course of it, Patrick asked Dwight Howard who he’d rather have as a teammate — Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder or LeBron James of the Miami Heat. After hesitating briefly, Howard went with Durant, who’s fresh off leading Team USA to a FIBA World Championship.

This isn’t the first time Howard has chosen Durant over LeBron — when asked who the NBA MVP last April, Howard told the hosts of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” that he thought Durant should win the award, with Amar’e Stoudemire coming in a close second and James finishing third.

Howard told Patrick that he had a “chance to talk to [Durant] in high school, at a camp.” Durant and Howard were also both represented by Aaron Goodwin before Howard left the agency in late April. LeBron left Goodwin’s agency in 2005. Howard and James played together in international competition in both 2007 and 2008.

Last season, LeBron received 116 out of a possible 122 1st-place votes for the MVP award — Durant had the second-most first place votes with four. Many feel that Durant is a favorite to win the MVP award next season because of the feeling that Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade will take possessions away from LeBron as Durant and the Thunder continue to improve.

  1. D-Mack - Sep 22, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    Dwight isn’t the best decision maker in the world.

  2. Genester - Sep 22, 2010 at 10:38 PM

    Who cares!!!

  3. chad - Sep 23, 2010 at 12:38 AM

    durant is the superstar of the very near future for sure. move over lebron

  4. Trekam - Sep 23, 2010 at 1:26 AM

    LeBron is a physical phenom, not a winner. Look back over his career and you will see he is actually getting more aware of this and starting to grip and that is why he turned to his big brother, Wade. How can you complain about the team your on when you lead the league in victories over the last 2 years? Said he wanted to play for a coach that was a former player, Eric played? He is a clown, you don’t have to know him to know he is a follower with great talent so people think he should be a winner but they don’t automatically go hand in hand. He doesn’t have a killer side that all the greats have had. He is a upgrade of Scottie Pippen, and as much as I appreciate Pippen’s career this is not a compliment when it comes to the self appointed “Chosen One”. What a joke

  5. Anonymous - Sep 23, 2010 at 7:47 AM

    Dwight who?

  6. Dr.3000 - Sep 23, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    Thanks for the laugh. That is easily the dumbest post I have read in a long time. Wiping up all that fry grease at McDonalds must be getting to your head. Just because Lebron chose to take his talents to South Beach where he can play with his friends and dominate the league in a way never seen before doesn’t degrade his status as the best player in the league today. Deep down, you know he’s the best. You can make some tired, lame-ass, Scotty Pippen jokes all you want, but Lebron would wipe the floor with that scrub. Just like you wipe the grease off the fry pit after a long shift at the golden arches, and just like the Heat will wipe the floor with every team in the league for the next few seasons.

  7. wrench1 - Sep 23, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    “Scotty Pippen jokes all you want, but Lebron would wipe the floor with that scrub” Scotty Pippen is a scrumb WTF

  8. Leroy Smith - Sep 23, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Does D12 realize that with high ussage rate combined with Durant’s 2.0 assits per game, he would never get to see the rock down low? Does he also realize that KD’s below average defense would put extra pressure on him?
    It’s one thing to hate James for being a douche, but be realistic folks. He is a vastly superior on defense and he somehow got Anderson V. some good looks. He averages near double figure assists and takes fewer shots to get his 30 points than KD did last year.
    I like KD better as a person, but to choose him over James as a basketball player is beyond the pale.

  9. dman44 - Sep 23, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Yes, based on Trekam’s opinion, there is absolutely no doubt that he works at McDonald’s. The only people that think LBJ is NOT the best player in the world are McDonald’s employees. So I will say that I agree. LBJ is nothing but a playoff choker. Therefore, I am now officially a McDonald’s employee. Time to drop the fries!!! And you have blast watching LBJ choke in the playoffs!

  10. Robj - Sep 23, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Did you call Scottie Pippen a ‘scrub’?
    You lost ALL credibility.

  11. tra - Sep 23, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    You claim that it was the dumbest post you’ve ever read and then you write an even dumber one. First of all, Scottie Pippen didn’t even start out as a #2 but easily got promoted to one with his play, LeBron started out as a #1 but now got demoted to a #2 or maybe even a #3 on just his team alone. Scottie’s got 6 rings and LeBron 0. You call yourself a Dr but probably work at a White Castle so stop with the McDonald comments and judging people you don’t know. Miami hasn’t won anything yet and unless your name is Nostradumas you can only assume that they will win but until then, you have no leg to stand on. Proof is in the pudding, but they don’t sell pudding at a White Castle, do they? LeBron is a good player, but not a leader as he’s proven year after year and that’s why he went to the South Beach, to have somebody try to win him a ring. I think Trekam makes a lot more sense than you do, but everyone like me have opinions. Good Luck!

  12. Anonymous - Sep 23, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    Trekam’s argument sounds much better. You can’t deny that Lebron chokes. He’s a great baller but that doesn’t put him in the league of proven winners like Jordan and Kobe.

  13. Duke Ellington - Sep 23, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    Kobe proven winner? Shaq made him…MJ mof cos

  14. david - Sep 23, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    Let see what Dwight will do in couple years when his free agency is up and the Magic still stuck in the neutral mode. Will he want out or stay? Hey Dwight, did you pick Carter over Lebron too?

  15. Steve - Sep 24, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    I say Durant all the way. The only way I will change my mind is if Lebron averages 25 assists next year.

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