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Dwight Howard New Jersey Nets t-shirt was briefly available in NBA’s online store

Mar 14, 2012, 12:17 AM EDT

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Are you into conspiracy theories and NBA basketball? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

Late Tuesday night, a link began circulating on Twitter to a page on the NBA’s online store that would allow you to buy a New Jersey Nets t-shirt, as if Dwight Howard — of the Orlando Magic currently, but not expected to be after the season, and also kind of in limbo until Thursday’s trade deadline — was now a member of that organization.

It has since been taken down, but as the screen shot accompanying this post shows, it was indeed live.

Howard, of course, has not yet been dealt anywhere, and the latest comments from him suggest he’d prefer to remain in Orlando to finish out the season.  But all signs point to his wanting to be in New Jersey next season, so this curious quirk in the NBA Store’s online inventory has, of course, raised some eyebrows.

There are many possible legitimate explanations for this, and it’s unclear how exactly one would have arrived at this destination by starting from the store.nba.com home page to begin with.

But the facts are these: At the time of this writing, there was a live link, at the NBA’s official online store, which specifically mentions Dwight Howard as a member of the New Jersey Nets. The item description read, “The player’s number is subject to change, and the T-shirt will not ship until the official number is issued.”

Draw your own conclusions.

  1. dirksimmons - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    This just entered “Who killed Kennedy?” conspiracy territory. Something is going on and I feel like no one is entirely sure what is happening.

  2. savvybynature - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    I think Howard is saying he wants to stay for the season so he can go to a better team as a FA. He knows if the Nets trade for him now the cupboard will be bare behind him and DWill.

    • bparmalee - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:03 AM

      Agreed. I think he has talked with the Nets and they have agreed to wait until the seasons over. I mean they keep all their picks and who knows… maybe they get lucky in the draft lottery. This is what happens when the Magic drag this process out… make sure the Nets cant make the playoffs this year and then try to act like they have any leverage. I hope they enjoy getting Re-Shaqed and looking at Turkoglu’s contract still on their books.

  3. spytdi - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    D Will and D Howard will be taking their talents to Big D.

  4. md23rewlz - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    Oliver Stone just made a four-hour long movie about this…

  5. tjv027 - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:48 AM

    Same reason Bloomberg accidentally ran an obituary on Steve Jobs. Major news outlets keep obituaries on file for high profile people so they can run them immediately without much editing. In the NBA’s case, they would certainly want the Dwight Howard Nets shirt designed and the code written in their application interface so that if/when he’s dealt, they can start selling shirts immediately. I’d bet they have Dwight Howard shirts on file in Bulls and Lakers colors too. Somebody clicked a button they shouldn’t have, end of story.

    • ihavecomplaints - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      He’s right. There are (or at least were) t-shirts and hats saying the Patriots won the 2012 Super Bowl. If one of them fell off the truck en route to the stadium, someone who found it would have cooked up the same theories.

  6. mvpolamalu - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:09 AM

    On espn scorecenter app if said, “magic come up big in howards home finally”

  7. smiz17 - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Just more proof that the NBA is fixed and crooked….trust me…this was no accident.

  8. dragyn44 - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Isnt that tampering having Howard’s name on anything to do with the Nets?

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