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Dwight Howard says it will be “weird” to face Magic Sunday

Dec 2, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

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Dwight Howard looked like a guy getting healthy Friday night, like a guy finding his footing with a new team in a brand new offense — 28 points and 20 rebounds. He started to look like the best center in the game.

And now on Sunday night he gets to take another step against a team really struggling at the center spot — because he left them.

Sunday night Howard faces the Magic for the first time since he left them. He’s doing it in Los Angeles, but he still said it would be a little weird. From the Orlando Sentinel:

“Well, you know, it’s going to be a little weird playing against my former team,” Howard answered. “But we need a good win and [to] come out with a lot of energy. So I’m going to put all my effort into getting ready for the next game and playing with a lot of intensity and just having fun.”

Weird is not the word Magic fans would use. We can’t use the word Magic fans would use.

And it’s weird but of his own making — he pushed his way out in the most awkward way possible.

Orlando has struggled at the five, allowing opposing fives to shoot 55 percent according to They also put it this way — Orlando has gotten a PER of 11.5 on the season (that’s Meyers Leonard, Brendan Haywood kind of play) while giving up a PER of 18.6 (that’s Al Horford, DeMarcus Cousins kind of production).

But if Howard thinks Sunday is weird, wait for March 12 when the Lakers travel to Orlando.

  1. fruitcovejag - Dec 2, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    Keep having fun Dwight (and coming out with a lot of “energy”). I’ll warn you though, Kobe doesn’t care about having fun, he is trying to win at any cost. And that is how you lead in the NBA.

  2. sportsnut101 - Dec 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Hope they hack u all night.

  3. tubal22 - Dec 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    4 Dwight Howard stories on the first page? Obsessed much?

  4. omniusprime - Dec 3, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Yeah I’m sure Howard now thinks facing the Tragic was far worse than weird, it was downright terrifying. I’m sure that Howard didn’t think his former team would play the Hack-a-Howard defense in the 4th quarter. Unfortunately the new incompetent coach Dumbtoni didn’t think it out ahead of time then froze like a deer caught in the headlights as he stupidly left Howard in while forcing Pau to ride the pine.

    This loss was all Dumbtoni’s fault for a monumental collapse of the coaching position. When will the dimwitted pundits who like the Lakers, yeah I’m talking to you Kurt, start calling for Dumbtoni’s demise? It’s about time the dimbulb press shine the light on the true source of Laker incompetence, the dumbest coach in the NBA.

    I hope Laker fans at the games start a game long chant of we want Phil.

    Fire Dumbtoni Now!!! We Want Phil!!!

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