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Re: Dwight Discussion: new nickname - Chocolate Mamba (953

Postby Battle Tested20 on Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:25 pm

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lakerfan2 wrote:Outside the obvious moving screen offensive foul he had, he didn't have any other last light.

Kept him in the game. He's learning to seal/post without his hands better.


You mean the Patrick Beverely dead fish flop?

Yeah, I'm glad JVG was just as upset as we were. It was a great screen by D12
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Re: Dwight Discussion: new nickname - Chocolate Mamba (953

Postby D.B. Cooper on Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:31 pm

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lakerfan2 wrote:Outside the obvious moving screen offensive foul he had, he didn't have any other last light.

Kept him in the game. He's learning to seal/post without his hands better.


You mean the Patrick Beverely dead fish flop?

There was some contact there, but Beverly sold it for sure.

Yep.
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Re: Dwight Discussion: new nickname - Chocolate Mamba (953

Postby therealdeal on Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:38 pm

There were a few like that. I was actually getting upset at Jodie. He should have stopped hitting the ground, it was giving up open looks.
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Re: Dwight Discussion: new nickname - Chocolate Mamba (953

Postby The Rock on Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:47 pm

LOL

https://twitter.com/gregbeacham/status/324986529296564224

Out of the 501 guys who shot a free throw in the NBA this season, Dwight Howard finished 467th in free throw percentage (.492).
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Re: Dwight Discussion: new nickname - Chocolate Mamba (953

Postby last stand on Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:58 pm

he's not last!

by the way, Asik's offensive game made Dwight look like kareem.
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Re: Dwight Discussion: new nickname - Chocolate Mamba (953

Postby KBJelleyBean24 on Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:17 pm

last stand wrote:he's not last!

by the way, Asik's offensive game made Dwight look like kareem.

Which is why the Pau trade made so much sense for the Rockets
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Re: Dwight Discussion: new nickname - Chocolate Mamba (953

Postby abeer3 on Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:27 pm

i will put up with his incredibly lame media exchanges if he plays like this all the time.
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Re: Dwight Discussion: new nickname - Chocolate Mamba (953

Postby Rooscooter on Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:02 pm

The Rock wrote:LOL

https://twitter.com/gregbeacham/status/324986529296564224

Out of the 501 guys who shot a free throw in the NBA this season, Dwight Howard finished 467th in free throw percentage (.492).


No lie.... I'm surprised that there are 34 worse than him.... I wonder where he ranks is you raise the bar to 100 attempts?....
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Re: Dwight Discussion: new nickname - Chocolate Mamba (953

Postby Battle Tested20 on Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:15 pm

The Rock wrote:LOL

https://twitter.com/gregbeacham/status/324986529296564224

Out of the 501 guys who shot a free throw in the NBA this season, Dwight Howard finished 467th in free throw percentage (.492).


Ouch :man10:
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Re: Dwight Discussion: new nickname - Chocolate Mamba (953

Postby JSM on Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:23 pm

Bill Plaschke of the LA Times wrote:In the final minutes of the final night of the regular season, one of the NBA's freshest stars was met in front of the basket by one of the NBA's most frustrating stars.

James Harden was on his way up. Dwight Howard was standing still. It was the perfect metaphor for two players whose careers had spent this winter careening in different directions.

Harden had joined the Houston Rockets and brought instant energy and excitement. Howard had joined the Lakers and brought mostly torpor and tepid.

Harden had become the Rockets' future. Howard couldn't figure out how he fit in the Lakers' present.

They were two men on vastly different paths when, with 2:11 left in the Staples Center paint in overtime of the Lakers' battle with the Rockets on Wednesday night, those paths collided.

Time to draw a new map.

Harden, headed for layup that would give the Rockets the lead, went up, up, up ... and down.

Howard grabbed the ball out of Harden's hands and pulled it to his chest and flung the bearded wonder into a heap on the baseline, leaving him writhing on the Lakers' insignia.

It was a blocked shot. It was a steal. It was a mugging. It was magnificent.

For many Lakers fans who have waited seven months for Howard to finally show up, it was more than a play, it was a statement of relief and awe.

So that is what Superman looks like.

It's been only two full games since Kobe Bryant shuffled off the floor with a torn Achilles' tendon Friday night, and now Dwight Howard is a player transformed.

He's been playing with an aggressive freedom rarely seen during those long winter nights of moping through Memphis. He's been playing with a resilient swagger that had somehow become lost in all the courtside clowning.

He acts as if he's just shed a straitjacket of doubt, his movements filled with a relentless intensity, his game teeming with joy.

He acts like — with Bryant suddenly gone and the franchise's future suddenly here — the Lakers are his team. At this rate, who knows, maybe they will be.

"This is the Dwight we thought we'd see," teammate Steve Blake said.

This is the Howard who led the confused and depleted Lakers against San Antonio and Houston by sheer force of his defensive will. He has long been the league's best rebounder, but this was about much more. This was about the Lakers shooting 37% in consecutive games while missing a combined 40 three-point attempts and yet winning both games because Howard's defense wouldn't let them lose.

This is the Howard who, in the final minutes of regulation against the Rockets, typified his resurgence with one memorable sequence. First, Howard jumped in Harden's face to stop a layup attempt, forcing a pass. Then, after missing his own layup at the other end, Howard raced downcourt and knocked the ball off Jeremy Lin's leg under the basket. It was just a simple steal that will never make a highlight reel, but it caused Howard to spin away and ball up his fists and scream to the sky while a rowdy Staples Center crowd screamed with him.

The Lakers are not a better team without Bryant, but Howard is clearly a more empowered player. It doesn't seem likely he can lead them to more than a stolen victory or two in their first-round playoff series against the Spurs, but now it seems obvious that he will be healthy and hearty enough to lead them into the future after his inevitable re-signing here this summer.

Like his prodigal team, he's showing up late, but just in time to party.

"This whole season has been a great learning experience for me," Howard said late Wednesday night after the Lakers' 99-95 overtime victory over the Rockets. "It's been a humbling experience, but also a learning experience. I had to learn from my mistakes, learn from watching guys like Kobe and Pau [Gasol], dealing with the L.A. media, it's a lot different."

He understands now that injuries — he was recovering from back surgery when the season started and says he is still not fully healed — are no excuse for intensity.

"It was a tough process, I kept fighting. I kept coming in and working my butt off," he said.

He understands now that every loss is a big Lakers deal, as he still smiles and jokes in the locker room, but no longer grins at a missed free throw or turnover.

"It has been maturing me, making me a better leader for this team,'' he said of his season.

He was the only Laker to speak to the team before its first practice after Bryant's injury. He has since been the loudest Laker speaking in the huddles and after the games. Everyone knew he had a laugh, who knew he also had a voice?

"They are all looking at me," he said.

Everyone was still looking at him long after Wednesday's victory when he met Gasol in the Staples Center hallway outside the Lakers' locker room. They unabashedly hugged and walked to their cars together as if leaving a high school gym. Howard led. Gasol followed. It was a nice ending. It was a sweet beginning.
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Re: Dwight Discussion: new nickname - Chocolate Mamba (953

Postby thkthebest on Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:43 pm

KBJelleyBean24 wrote:
last stand wrote:he's not last!

by the way, Asik's offensive game made Dwight look like kareem.

Which is why the Pau trade made so much sense for the Rockets

Asik is so bad offensively. And somehow, the Rockets have the 6th best offensive rating with him.

Rooscooter wrote:No lie.... I'm surprised that there are 34 worse than him.... I wonder where he ranks is you raise the bar to 100 attempts?....

Drummond is last at an ABYSMAL 37.1%.

DeAndre Jordan attempted nearly 100 more than him and shot an equally bad 38.6%.

Then, it's Dwight at 49.2%.
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Re: Dwight Discussion: new nickname - Chocolate Mamba (953

Postby Balance&Options24 on Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:35 pm

Where is the coaching when developing these players as youths?


If you have a athletic beast like Dwight as youth wouldn't you do the most as possible to develop him. All facets of his game
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Re: Dwight Discussion: new nickname - Chocolate Mamba (953

Postby LooN3y on Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:32 pm

Lqv2015 wrote:
karacha wrote:So, now we have Black Mamba, Chocolate Mamba and White Mamba AKA Blamba? Just making sure.


Glock said don't forget bout Mini Mamba.




oh and the red mamba
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Re: Dwight Discussion: new nickname - Chocolate Mamba (953

Postby wcsoldier81 on Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:29 pm

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Re: Dwight Discussion: new nickname - Chocolate Mamba (953

Postby wcsoldier81 on Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:33 pm

Dwight Howard to host team dinner Friday evening

As the Lakers huddled up following practice, Dwight Howard left his teammates with these parting words.

“Championship on three,” Howard said before everyone repeated their stated goal.

The Lakers center will likely have more messages as the team prepares for Game 1 Sunday of its first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs. Howard plans to host a team dinner tonight, a custom he had done in his eight seasons with the Orlando Magic.

“I think it’s inspirational,” Howard said. “Every team that has aspirations to win a championship before the playoff starts sits down and just talks. I’ve been doing it in Orlando since we’ve gone to the playoffs. It’s not anything new.”

But it is new for Howard wearing a Lakers uniform.

In past seasons, Kobe Bryant led such dinners and provided messages about the team’s championship hopes. But Bryant remains sidelined for at least the next six to nine months because of a torn left Achilles’ tendon. Howard, who has visited Bryant in recent days at his Newport Beach residence, joked “we might have the Mamba chopper” to ensure Bryant can join the team dinner.

But Howard sounded like he had intentions of giving a speech. Prior to the Magic’s eventual loss to the Lakers in the 2009 NBA Finals, Howard brought his 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medal to a team dinner and then explained how he and his teammates willingly sacrificed their role for the sake of winning.

What will Howard say this year?

“I can’t just get up and tell you what I’m going to do,” he said. “That’s just something that comes off the top of my head. I just want to talk to the guys. It’s been a long season. Everything that happened in the regular season is behind us. So we’re moving forward.”


http://www.insidesocal.com/lakers/2013/04/19/dwight-howard-to-host-team-dinner-friday-evening/
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Re: Dwight Discussion: new nickname - Chocolate Mamba (953

Postby Lakerjones on Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:26 am

JSM wrote:
Bill Plaschke of the LA Times wrote:In the final minutes of the final night of the regular season, one of the NBA's freshest stars was met in front of the basket by one of the NBA's most frustrating stars.

James Harden was on his way up. Dwight Howard was standing still. It was the perfect metaphor for two players whose careers had spent this winter careening in different directions.

Harden had joined the Houston Rockets and brought instant energy and excitement. Howard had joined the Lakers and brought mostly torpor and tepid.

Harden had become the Rockets' future. Howard couldn't figure out how he fit in the Lakers' present.

They were two men on vastly different paths when, with 2:11 left in the Staples Center paint in overtime of the Lakers' battle with the Rockets on Wednesday night, those paths collided.

Time to draw a new map.

Harden, headed for layup that would give the Rockets the lead, went up, up, up ... and down.

Howard grabbed the ball out of Harden's hands and pulled it to his chest and flung the bearded wonder into a heap on the baseline, leaving him writhing on the Lakers' insignia.

It was a blocked shot. It was a steal. It was a mugging. It was magnificent.

For many Lakers fans who have waited seven months for Howard to finally show up, it was more than a play, it was a statement of relief and awe.

So that is what Superman looks like.

It's been only two full games since Kobe Bryant shuffled off the floor with a torn Achilles' tendon Friday night, and now Dwight Howard is a player transformed.

He's been playing with an aggressive freedom rarely seen during those long winter nights of moping through Memphis. He's been playing with a resilient swagger that had somehow become lost in all the courtside clowning.

He acts as if he's just shed a straitjacket of doubt, his movements filled with a relentless intensity, his game teeming with joy.

He acts like — with Bryant suddenly gone and the franchise's future suddenly here — the Lakers are his team. At this rate, who knows, maybe they will be.

"This is the Dwight we thought we'd see," teammate Steve Blake said.

This is the Howard who led the confused and depleted Lakers against San Antonio and Houston by sheer force of his defensive will. He has long been the league's best rebounder, but this was about much more. This was about the Lakers shooting 37% in consecutive games while missing a combined 40 three-point attempts and yet winning both games because Howard's defense wouldn't let them lose.

This is the Howard who, in the final minutes of regulation against the Rockets, typified his resurgence with one memorable sequence. First, Howard jumped in Harden's face to stop a layup attempt, forcing a pass. Then, after missing his own layup at the other end, Howard raced downcourt and knocked the ball off Jeremy Lin's leg under the basket. It was just a simple steal that will never make a highlight reel, but it caused Howard to spin away and ball up his fists and scream to the sky while a rowdy Staples Center crowd screamed with him.

The Lakers are not a better team without Bryant, but Howard is clearly a more empowered player. It doesn't seem likely he can lead them to more than a stolen victory or two in their first-round playoff series against the Spurs, but now it seems obvious that he will be healthy and hearty enough to lead them into the future after his inevitable re-signing here this summer.

Like his prodigal team, he's showing up late, but just in time to party.

"This whole season has been a great learning experience for me," Howard said late Wednesday night after the Lakers' 99-95 overtime victory over the Rockets. "It's been a humbling experience, but also a learning experience. I had to learn from my mistakes, learn from watching guys like Kobe and Pau [Gasol], dealing with the L.A. media, it's a lot different."

He understands now that injuries — he was recovering from back surgery when the season started and says he is still not fully healed — are no excuse for intensity.

"It was a tough process, I kept fighting. I kept coming in and working my butt off," he said.

He understands now that every loss is a big Lakers deal, as he still smiles and jokes in the locker room, but no longer grins at a missed free throw or turnover.

"It has been maturing me, making me a better leader for this team,'' he said of his season.

He was the only Laker to speak to the team before its first practice after Bryant's injury. He has since been the loudest Laker speaking in the huddles and after the games. Everyone knew he had a laugh, who knew he also had a voice?

"They are all looking at me," he said.

Everyone was still looking at him long after Wednesday's victory when he met Gasol in the Staples Center hallway outside the Lakers' locker room. They unabashedly hugged and walked to their cars together as if leaving a high school gym. Howard led. Gasol followed. It was a nice ending. It was a sweet beginning.


^^ Actually a nice piece by Plaschke. Good to see and credit where it's due. As I've always said, Plaschke is a terrific human interest writer. Where he fails is in really understanding basketball. When he does this kind of piece he's in his zone. Thanks for posting JSM.
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Re: Dwight Discussion: new nickname - Chocolate Mamba (953

Postby Battle Tested20 on Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:40 pm

wcsoldier81 wrote:
Dwight Howard to host team dinner Friday evening

As the Lakers huddled up following practice, Dwight Howard left his teammates with these parting words.

“Championship on three,” Howard said before everyone repeated their stated goal.

The Lakers center will likely have more messages as the team prepares for Game 1 Sunday of its first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs. Howard plans to host a team dinner tonight, a custom he had done in his eight seasons with the Orlando Magic.

“I think it’s inspirational,” Howard said. “Every team that has aspirations to win a championship before the playoff starts sits down and just talks. I’ve been doing it in Orlando since we’ve gone to the playoffs. It’s not anything new.”

But it is new for Howard wearing a Lakers uniform.

In past seasons, Kobe Bryant led such dinners and provided messages about the team’s championship hopes. But Bryant remains sidelined for at least the next six to nine months because of a torn left Achilles’ tendon. Howard, who has visited Bryant in recent days at his Newport Beach residence, joked “we might have the Mamba chopper” to ensure Bryant can join the team dinner.

But Howard sounded like he had intentions of giving a speech. Prior to the Magic’s eventual loss to the Lakers in the 2009 NBA Finals, Howard brought his 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medal to a team dinner and then explained how he and his teammates willingly sacrificed their role for the sake of winning.

What will Howard say this year?

“I can’t just get up and tell you what I’m going to do,” he said. “That’s just something that comes off the top of my head. I just want to talk to the guys. It’s been a long season. Everything that happened in the regular season is behind us. So we’re moving forward.”


http://www.insidesocal.com/lakers/2013/04/19/dwight-howard-to-host-team-dinner-friday-evening/


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Postby Battle Tested20 on Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:45 pm

Dwight and Metta at Canelo vs. Trout

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Postby LTLakerFan on Sat Apr 20, 2013 11:34 pm

Why wasn't Dwight practicing free throws and Metta shooting 1,000 jumpers tonight? :man2: :man2:


Oh wait..... they're getting in the frame of mind to kick some butt. :jam2: :jam2:
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Postby Weezy on Sun Apr 21, 2013 2:56 pm

If this is the Lakers as Dwight's team I'm scared, at least offensively. Going forward if he re-signs you HAVE to get guys that can hit open shots around him, because he knows how to draw the double team, and he knows how to hit the open man, they just have to be able to hit shots.
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Re: Dwight Discussion: new nickname - Chocolate Mamba (953

Postby therealdeal on Sun Apr 21, 2013 3:00 pm

Obviously when it's just his team he'll have a team more suited for him.

But I thought he played well overall. He's got such an easy temper though. That's going to be annoying.
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Re: Dwight Discussion: new nickname - Chocolate Mamba (953

Postby karacha on Sun Apr 21, 2013 3:01 pm

Good game for him.
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Re: Dwight Discussion: new nickname - Chocolate Mamba (953

Postby lakersyunowin on Sun Apr 21, 2013 3:02 pm

i thought dwight, for the most part, did his part today. everyone else...not so much.
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Postby GoldenKnight on Sun Apr 21, 2013 3:05 pm

Well Howard did his part...
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Re: Dwight Discussion: new nickname - Chocolate Mamba (953

Postby Doc Brown on Sun Apr 21, 2013 3:05 pm

D12 draws the double, passes it out..........clank.

D12 draws the double, passes it out......brick.

D12 draws the double, passes it out......blocked, MWP still posing, layup.
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