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(CBS Sports)   Dwight Howard says he must "demand the ball, get it, and go to work". Presumably because he wants to break the record for most missed free throws in a playoff series   (cbssports.com) divider line 31
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2014-04-22 03:10:03 PM
The halftime conversation between Barkley and Shaq regarding Howard was great television.  Chuck, love or hate him, is honest with the viewers and that is why I think he is so great at what he does.
 
2014-04-22 04:15:01 PM
I know how this movie ends. Spoiler alert: it's not a happy ending for people who want to rely on Dwight's low-post skills.
 
2014-04-22 04:27:44 PM
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"You know my advice already, Dwight."
 
2014-04-22 04:35:50 PM

Gunny Highway: The halftime conversation between Barkley and Shaq regarding Howard was great television.  Chuck, love or hate him, is honest with the viewers and that is why I think he is so great at what he does.


I would often watch NBA games on TNT just so I could listen to their halftime and postgame commentary. Those guys are hilarious.  Birdman Birdman....
 
2014-04-22 04:51:10 PM
Also, most turnovers in a game.
 
2014-04-22 04:53:40 PM

exick: I know how this movie ends. Spoiler alert: it's not a happy ending for people who want to rely on Dwight's low-post skills.


I think there's another plotline: something about how LaMarcus Aldridge is a goddamn beast, but, sure, let's talk about Dwight Howard more, dumbass media.
 
2014-04-22 04:58:05 PM
I saw all I needed to see to know that Houston is not getting out of the west. Any time Houston has a lead, they are going to fould Howard.
 
2014-04-22 04:59:51 PM
Howard played the last game dirty and it bit him in the end. The flying elbows and punches to Lopez were ridiculous. Glad Aldridge and Lillard punished him for it.
 
2014-04-22 05:00:10 PM

Marmilman: Gunny Highway: The halftime conversation between Barkley and Shaq regarding Howard was great television.  Chuck, love or hate him, is honest with the viewers and that is why I think he is so great at what he does.

I would often watch NBA games on TNT just so I could listen to their halftime and postgame commentary. Those guys are hilarious.  Birdman Birdman....


Here is Charles barkley calling his producer a Pu55y on the air.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/01/charles-barkley-calls-his_n_ 2 10026.html">http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/01/charles-barkley- calls-his_n_2 10026.html#
 
2014-04-22 05:01:19 PM

Killer Cars: exick: I know how this movie ends. Spoiler alert: it's not a happy ending for people who want to rely on Dwight's low-post skills.

I think there's another plotline: something about how LaMarcus Aldridge is a goddamn beast, but, sure, let's talk about Dwight Howard more, dumbass media.



Bingo. His line from Game 1 is insane. Love that he is back in shape for the Playoffs.
 
2014-04-22 05:04:38 PM

Devo: I saw all I needed to see to know that Houston is not getting out of the west. Any time Houston has a lead, they are going to fould Howard.

The West!? If Houston manages to not get swept, I'll be impressed. If they get out of the first round, I'll be flabbergasted.
 
2014-04-22 05:06:57 PM
I kind of want a Spurs vs. Rockets matchup in the second round just so we can get a repeat of this.

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2014-04-22 05:20:37 PM

Gunny Highway: Killer Cars: exick: I know how this movie ends. Spoiler alert: it's not a happy ending for people who want to rely on Dwight's low-post skills.

I think there's another plotline: something about how LaMarcus Aldridge is a goddamn beast, but, sure, let's talk about Dwight Howard more, dumbass media.


Bingo. His line from Game 1 is insane. Love that he is back in shape for the Playoffs.


The TV broadcast, live, didn't even acknowledge the game he had.

They were gushing about Lillard (who, granted, is great) when Aldridge fouled out.  Kept gushing about Lillard as they flashed his line, including that his point total was a Blazers playoff record.  Game ends and they talk to Lillard.  Go to the studio and they talk about Lillard.

How do you set a franchise playoff record for points, grab almost 20 rebounds, and not get mentioned?
 
2014-04-22 05:21:39 PM
How sad is it that Dwight Howard is considered the best center in the game right now? Every other position in the league has gotten markedly better the last thirty years, except center.  Wilt Chamberlain would absolutely destroy Dwight Howard.  Hell, Rik Smits might even give him a challenge.
 
2014-04-22 05:22:20 PM

Gunny Highway: Bingo. His line from Game 1 is insane. Love that he is back in shape for the Playoffs.


By virtue of living in the NW, I'll watch a handful of Blazers games every year. The guy has been money for a long time but because he plays in little ole' Portlandia, it took him way too long to get the recognition he deserves.

exick: The West!? If Houston manages to not get swept, I'll be impressed. If they get out of the first round, I'll be flabbergasted.


Hell, I really like Harden, but, this doesn't help either.
 
2014-04-22 05:28:37 PM

FLMountainMan: How sad is it that Dwight Howard is considered the best center in the game right now? Every other position in the league has gotten markedly better the last thirty years, except center.  Wilt Chamberlain would absolutely destroy Dwight Howard.  Hell, Rik Smits might even give him a challenge.


I'd put Noah ahead of Howard, mostly because he is a complete player who doesn't hurt his team by being a liability at the free throw line, but you are right that the center position is pretty weak these days. Shooting guard too. We're in an era of awesome point guards and forwards.
 
2014-04-22 05:32:30 PM

Dafatone: Gunny Highway: Killer Cars: exick: I know how this movie ends. Spoiler alert: it's not a happy ending for people who want to rely on Dwight's low-post skills.

I think there's another plotline: something about how LaMarcus Aldridge is a goddamn beast, but, sure, let's talk about Dwight Howard more, dumbass media.


Bingo. His line from Game 1 is insane. Love that he is back in shape for the Playoffs.

The TV broadcast, live, didn't even acknowledge the game he had.

They were gushing about Lillard (who, granted, is great) when Aldridge fouled out.  Kept gushing about Lillard as they flashed his line, including that his point total was a Blazers playoff record.  Game ends and they talk to Lillard.  Go to the studio and they talk about Lillard.

How do you set a franchise playoff record for points, grab almost 20 rebounds, and not get mentioned?


Lillard got a shoe deal with Adidas recently....
 
2014-04-22 05:34:39 PM

Devo: I saw all I needed to see to know that Houston is not getting out of the west. Any time Houston has a lead, they are going to fould Howard.


It would be nice if we remembered a time where intentional fouls were a thing.
 
2014-04-22 05:37:07 PM

Conthan: FLMountainMan: How sad is it that Dwight Howard is considered the best center in the game right now? Every other position in the league has gotten markedly better the last thirty years, except center.  Wilt Chamberlain would absolutely destroy Dwight Howard.  Hell, Rik Smits might even give him a challenge.

I'd put Noah ahead of Howard, mostly because he is a complete player who doesn't hurt his team by being a liability at the free throw line, but you are right that the center position is pretty weak these days. Shooting guard too. We're in an era of awesome point guards and forwards.


Your autocorrect replaced the word dirty with the word complete some how.
 
2014-04-22 05:38:09 PM

FLMountainMan: How sad is it that Dwight Howard is considered the best center in the game right now? Every other position in the league has gotten markedly better the last thirty years, except center.  Wilt Chamberlain would absolutely destroy Dwight Howard.  Hell, Rik Smits might even give him a challenge.


I don't think Howard is the best at his position. He was for a time while he was in Orlando. He might be the 3rd best center in the series. (Lopez and his salary make Lopez a better value, anyway) . Howard is still a serviceable center, but he doesn't have the beast mode he once had. I don't watch many knicks games, but I might say Tyson Chandler is the best center. He was our Center in the Olympics. He was also a big part of that Dallas win over Miami in the finals a few years back. In my opinion, the Rockets would be better off using Howard's Salary in other areas. We aren't going to see peak howard again.
 
2014-04-22 05:43:38 PM
Do you guys mind if a brother vents a bit? Appreciate that- Here goes...

GODDAMMIT I HATE THAT CLOWN SO MUCH!!! I have been a Rockets fan since I was nine years old (1981) and I have had the pleasure to see some of the greatest centers play the position. Moses Malone and Hakeem Olajuawon were true masters of their craft (in different ways, of course) and led their teams to The Finals and in Dream's case, back to back championships. I saw Ralph Sampson and Yao Ming dominate at times, even though they were flawed and injury prone. I'm no expert, but I know what a championship center looks like.
  farking Howard isn't even close to being on that list. This ass has been in the league for years and he still doesn't know how to post up. Watch him closely and see how unbelievably lazy he is on the block. His back to the basket game is virtually non-existent and even though he fancies him self as a face up, take you off the dribble player, he isn't that good at it.
  His free throws, the farking free throws. You mean to tell me that Howard hasn't found a way (after YEARS in the league) to become at least a 70% free throw shooter. Karl Malone and Tim Duncan couldn't shoot free throws for shiat when they first got into the league but after embarrassing themselves and hard work, they both found a way to not be such a liability on the court. That's what Howard is, a goddamn liability. And he's lazy- That's why he is still shooting below 55% from the line (55 GODDAMN PERCENT). He hasn't tried to get better. In my mind that makes him a loser.
  I did not want the Rockets to get Dwight Howard. When it became obvious that it was a done deal, I rationalized the move by saying to myself, "Who are you to spit at 17 points, 9 rebounds a game and a big defensive presence?". I knew he would make the Rockets better. I also knew he wasn't a winner. When the topic of Howard would come up, I would always ask people, "Do you think he's a winner?" Not one person said yes. Moses Malone was a hard working beast. Hakeem Olajuawon is the third best center of all time (behind Wilt and Kareem, naturally) and even Yao Ming had flashes of brilliance before his feet broke underneath his massive frame- Dwight Howard is just a big guy who happens to play for the same franchise as those men did. He makes it hard to watch him play.

Thanks guys for listening or even pretending to listen. My wife is tired of me yelling at the tv...

/ go rockets
//show some titty for clutch city
 
2014-04-22 05:49:15 PM

MyRandomName: Conthan: FLMountainMan: How sad is it that Dwight Howard is considered the best center in the game right now? Every other position in the league has gotten markedly better the last thirty years, except center.  Wilt Chamberlain would absolutely destroy Dwight Howard.  Hell, Rik Smits might even give him a challenge.

I'd put Noah ahead of Howard, mostly because he is a complete player who doesn't hurt his team by being a liability at the free throw line, but you are right that the center position is pretty weak these days. Shooting guard too. We're in an era of awesome point guards and forwards.

Your autocorrect replaced the word dirty with the word complete some how.


Are you the same guy who was calling Noah dirty in the last thread or are you a new person calling Noah dirty?

I stand by the fact that he isnt a dirty player no matter who you are.
 
2014-04-22 05:52:01 PM

Keith Moon: rant


I pretty much agree with you completely about Howard. I would hate to have him on the team I pull for. I tend to be a Lakers hater, so watching him fail on their team last year was a serious case of schadenfreude for me. I used to live in Houston back in the 90s, so I kind of cheer for the Rockets when they aren't playing the teams I cheer for.
 
2014-04-22 09:46:42 PM

Devo: I saw all I needed to see to know that Houston is not getting out of the west. Any time Houston has a lead, they are going to fould Howard.


That's why Howard shouldn't be on the floor the final 5 minutes. They like to rest him late in different quarters. Instead of that, why not leave him out there and bench him later in the game? I'd like to see his WAR (or whatever they call it in basketball) by time of game.
 
2014-04-22 09:50:04 PM

exick: Devo: I saw all I needed to see to know that Houston is not getting out of the west. Any time Houston has a lead, they are going to fould Howard.
The West!? If Houston manages to not get swept, I'll be impressed. If they get out of the first round, I'll be flabbergasted.


Prepare to be both impressed and flabbergasted. In game 1, Lillard and Aldridge played the games of their lives, the Rockets didn't attempt a free throw IN THE ENTIRE FIRST HALF, Harden played like shiat, the Howard blown call and they still only lost by 2 in overtime. I like their chances
 
2014-04-22 10:12:39 PM
I have had Blazers season tickets for 5 years. Dwight Howard is scary good, and near impossible to stop. The Blazers have been very vulnerable to the top big men in the game. They don't defend the post well, or the paint. There was really no good reason for Houston to lose the playoff series opener to the Blazers, but I will take it.

I am curious to see how Houston responds to adversity, Let's face it, the Blazers can't expect LMA to score more than the high 20's in game two. Wesley and Mo are going to need to step up their offense.

If I am Kevin McHale, I am doing everything I can to get Robin Lopez in foul trouble.
 
2014-04-22 11:22:45 PM

Gunny Highway: MyRandomName: Conthan: FLMountainMan: How sad is it that Dwight Howard is considered the best center in the game right now? Every other position in the league has gotten markedly better the last thirty years, except center.  Wilt Chamberlain would absolutely destroy Dwight Howard.  Hell, Rik Smits might even give him a challenge.

I'd put Noah ahead of Howard, mostly because he is a complete player who doesn't hurt his team by being a liability at the free throw line, but you are right that the center position is pretty weak these days. Shooting guard too. We're in an era of awesome point guards and forwards.

Your autocorrect replaced the word dirty with the word complete some how.

Are you the same guy who was calling Noah dirty in the last thread or are you a new person calling Noah dirty?

I stand by the fact that he isnt a dirty player no matter who you are.


No, that was me. And I stand by the fact that he is unless you happen to be a diehard Bulls fan. I won't deny that he is a complete player though. I wouldn't go so far as to say he is a more complete player than Howard (despite Howard's struggles at the line he still has a slightly higher PER this year than Noah), but he's still top ten at his position by PER which is likely biased against him (and Howard) as it doesn't incorporate defensive prowess as much as it does offensive prowess.
 
2014-04-23 07:36:54 AM
You also mentioned you don't really watch the league. So you are basing you opinion on basketballref and google searches, right?

Have any other examples of him being a dirty player besides a 2011 Granger quote and an elbow from an All Star Game?

Not a dirty player.
 
2014-04-23 01:04:56 PM

Gunny Highway: Not a dirty player.


Well, he looks like he could use a good cleaning. Fix the teeth, get rid of the hair, y'know.
 
2014-04-23 02:21:40 PM

Gunny Highway: You also mentioned you don't really watch the league. So you are basing you opinion on basketballref and google searches, right?

Have any other examples of him being a dirty player besides a 2011 Granger quote and an elbow from an All Star Game?

Not a dirty player.


I don't watch the NBA religiously like you do, but I've followed Noah since he was in college. He did the same chippy BS against my Volunteers that he does now. I honestly don't mind the play style, it's his attitude about it that irks me (he's coy about it a la Maradona rather than just owning it).

If you want specific examples, how about throwing balls at referees or shoving players around well after the whistle? Were he a marquee player like Wade or Paul, there would be more videos for me to link. That said, it's not like he has 27 technicals (and counting) over the past 2 seasons for being a choir boy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl5AJxMmYso

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQvsgG40nss
 
2014-04-23 02:54:25 PM

bertor_vidas: Gunny Highway: You also mentioned you don't really watch the league. So you are basing you opinion on basketballref and google searches, right?

Have any other examples of him being a dirty player besides a 2011 Granger quote and an elbow from an All Star Game?

Not a dirty player.

I don't watch the NBA religiously like you do, but I've followed Noah since he was in college. He did the same chippy BS against my Volunteers that he does now. I honestly don't mind the play style, it's his attitude about it that irks me (he's coy about it a la Maradona rather than just owning it).

If you want specific examples, how about throwing balls at referees or shoving players around well after the whistle? Were he a marquee player like Wade or Paul, there would be more videos for me to link. That said, it's not like he has 27 technicals (and counting) over the past 2 seasons for being a choir boy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl5AJxMmYso

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQvsgG40nss


Noah's a pest.  But that's very, very different from being dirty.  He's not doing any Bruce Bowen trying to injure guys stuff.
 
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