Posts Tagged ‘Dwight Howard’

OKC hosts block party for Houston


VIDEO: OKC get three rejections in one possession against the Rockets

There was a brick fair of enormous magnitude in Oklahoma City on Sunday and it was all in Chesapeake Energy Arena. James Harden missed 12 of 17. Dwight Howard missed 10 of 14 — 19 of 27 if you count free throws. Houston’s stars weren’t the only culprits. In fact, nobody shot 50 percent from the field. Nobody.

The Rockets shot 28.7 percent from the field, undoubtedly helped to that figure by the ridiculous rim protection from the trio of Steven Adams, Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins. Fourteen blocks combined, they threw six offerings from Howard. Credit the Rockets for continuing to challenge the Thunder, but their intrepidity in the paint was likely necessitated by their abysmal launching from deep (7-for-35 out there).

Despite Houston’s shooting woes, it got the 69-65 win (read that score again slowly) because OKC wasn’t much better (29.4 percent). It was a physical affair, replete with four technical fouls, a Pat Beverley sighting and more trash talk than a little bit. Win or no win, the Thunder, particularly young big man Adams, gave the Rockets a rim party to remember.


VIDEO: OKC swats 15 shots in Sunday’s narrow loss to the Rockets

Little kid pranks Dwight Howard

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We got pranks happening all over the place these days. And its spreading — after double pranks in Phoenix, now it’s happening in Houston. In this video posted today by the NBA, a kid on the set of a commercial hit inside a table and popped out to surprise Dwight Howard, who appears to be surprised — maybe a little too surprised. As the caption reads, “@dwighthoward the unsuspecting victim of a practical joke on the set of the new #NBAStore Commercial. #NBAGearUp”

Dwight Howard helps launch all-new NBA Swingman jerseys


VIDEO: Swingman

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA players are basically real-life superheroes — bigger, faster, stronger. Fans not only love watching and rooting for them, fans want to be them, which is basically impossible. But adidas and the NBA have teamed up to make a jersey that makes it more possible than ever before. From a release…

All-new adidas NBA Swingman jerseys feature improved materials and fit to better replicate the jerseys worn on the NBA court by players. The premium mesh body of the jersey provides enhanced comfort and appearance while the tailored fit offers a slimmer cut and reduced length for superior style. In addition, the name and numbers on the jerseys are applied through a new process that provides a similar performance look and feel as authentic NBA jerseys.

Fans can purchase the adidas NBA Swingman jerseys at NBAStore.com, the NBA Store on Fifth Avenue in New York City and team retailers now for $110 in adult sizes and $75 in youth sizes.

Dwight Howard has advice for JJ Watt

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERJJ Watt is a defensive end for the Houston Texans, and one of the most unstoppable players in the NFL. Last week, in fact, he intercepted a pass and ran it back for a touchdown, and upon scoring broke into…something? As Watt says in the video below, he thinks his victory dance may have contained elements of the nae nae.

Luckily, Watt plays in Houston, where Dwight Howard also plays. And we already know about Dwight’s dancing prowess. So a Houston TV station went to Dwight and got him to deliver a pep talk for Watt.


VIDEO: Watt Howard

(via SBN)

Dwight Howard continues dominating against little kids

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few months ago we saw Houston big man Dwight Howard honing his skills via an unusual training regimen — dunking on a little kid. Well, as we see from this video posted this week on Instagram, Dwight’s at it again, although this time he’s working on his defense. Don’t bring that weak stuff in here, kid!

(via TNLP)

Rockets teammates get a little bit of NCAA fever

By Jeff Case

ICYMI last night, the Final Four from Dallas, Texas had two classic games: No. 1-seeded Florida vs. No. 7-seeded UConn and, in the late game, No. 2-seeded Wisconsin vs. No. 8-seeded Kentucky. (SPOILER ALERT: It’s a UConn-Kentucky national championship game tomorrow).

As you’d expect, such great matchups weren’t lost on many of the NBA’s best players, some of whom took to Instagram to reveal who they were rooting for … or to show you which game they were attending.

The Florida-UConn game saw Houston Rockets stars Dwight Howard and Chandler Parsons (an ex-Gator himself) in the crowd.

Former Georgetown star Allen Iverson surprisingly had some nice words for the UConn Huskies after the win … mostly because Iverson’s former Sixers teammate (and an ex-Husky himself) Kevin Ollie coaches the squad. Here’s what AI had to say:

Congratulations K.O. this couldn’t happen to a better person. I’m very excited about you being in the National Championship game. I never thought I could pull for UConn, but I will this year because you’re there. Good luck and God bless you … #TheAnswer

 

The NBA Nae Nae dance-off!

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The nae nae is a dance that has been growing in popularity for the past few months. (Deadspin provided some pretty good background on it here.) And as it has expanded, it has crossed over into the NBA several times. So we all know what that means…time for another dance-off!

Who performed the best version of the nae nae? Vote at the bottom…

DWIGHT HOWARD

JOHN WALL AND PAUL GEORGE

VIDEO: Wall and George

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS MASCOT BETSY ROSS

DWYANE WADE

BEN MCLEMORE AND THE SACRAMENTO KINGS

VIDEO: MCLEMORE NAE NAE

Dwight Howard adds breakdancing to repertoire

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In a video posted yeterday by the Houston Rockets, we see center Dwight Howard at a school in Houston attempting to breakdance. He’s not that great at it, it turns out.

But as it also turns out, this isn’t the first instance of Dwight getting down in public. Let’s take a look at some of his greatest hits…
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Dwight Howard trains for space

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Houston, we have a problem.

OK, not really. But that sentence should remind us that besides hosting the Houston Rockets, the city of Houston is the home of the Johnson Space Center, which NASA uses for spaceflight training and mission control. With some time off yesterday, Rockets center Dwight Howard paid a visit to NASA HQ to undergo some astronaut training and meet actual astronauts…

(via TNLP)

Last night’s Shaqtin moments

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night’s Rockets/Thunder game was a scrappy, physical affair that was reminiscent of playoff basketball. It wasn’t the only entertaining game last night, but it also didn’t provide the lone potential Shaqtin’ A Fool moment. Dwight Howard, Corey Brewer, Taj Gibson, come on down!


VIDEO: Dwight’s pass


VIDEO: Brewer’s dunk


VIDEO: Taj’s dunk