The Magic-D12 Reunion? Not Quite Yet …

Dwight Howard faces the Magic for the first time as an opponent tonight, not counting all those times the last couple years when it felt like he was on the other side.

Maybe this is better: Dwight Howard is on the opposing team for the first time tonight as the Magic face Howard and the Lakers in Los Angeles. Small change in wording, big difference overall.

This isn’t really the reunion, though, not by any semantics. March 12 — Howard’s first game back in Orlando — is the reunion. That’s when the real emotions will boil up as fans in central Florida finally get the chance in person to wish Howard well on all his future endeavors.

A Sunday night in Staples Center doesn’t come close. The only potential for ugly is when Howard steps to the free-throw line, and the blame for whatever goes wrong there will obviously belong to Mike Brown anyway. The Magic have a new coach, a new basketball-ops staff, and only five holdovers who were Howard teammates last season: Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick, Glen Davis, Hedo Turkoglu and Ish Smith.

There is the angle, as Josh Robbins noted in the Orlando Sentinel, that “Howard’s trade request, coupled with his subsequent stay-or-go saga, strained his friendships with some players on the Magic roster.” But the Magic are 5-10 and heading into a stretch of five road games in eight days, while the Lakers have lost three of five and have several better soap-opera plots to choose from.

So, there are a lot more pressing issues for both sides than whether Redick is out for blood. This one ranks somewhere in the 20s of compelling Lakers moments of the season so far.

Friday night, after Howard had 28 points and 20 rebounds in the victory over the Nuggets, he was asked about the emotions heading into Sunday’s game against the Magic.

“Well, you know, it’s going to be a little weird playing against my former team,” Howard said, according to the Sentinel. “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.”

There is that much. Tonight will be a little weird.

A reporter followed up by asking whether Howard remains friends with any current Magic players or whether he put the relationships on hold.

“Well, you know,” Howard said, pausing, “I put it on hold.”

The same goes with the actual Howard-Magic reunion. That is in March.

29 Comments

  1. JP says:

    TO MUCH …..BLA…BLA… BLA…LAKERS YOU LOSE.PERIOD NO EXCUSES AND BY THE WAY IN DWIGHT ATTITUDE AFTER THE GAME AND NOT SALUTE HIS FORMER TEAMATES JUST PROVE ONE THING, HOWARD STILL A BIG CRY BABY WITHOUT ANY MATURITY AND A BAD LOOSER.YOU KNOW, WE WILL SEE IN THE FUTURE THAT THE MAGIC WILL BE COMPLETE AND FIND CHAMPIONSHIP CALIBER PLAYERS, IS JUST A MATTER OF TIME “.PATINCE IS A VIRTUE.” WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND”

  2. kobe says:

    watching DHOWARD every game this season and i have come to notice that his offensive game is so limited..has no post up game…if he cant dunk the ball he isnt going to score..cant shoot freethrows and he lacks the killer instinct that so many great players have..

  3. The LA Sparks.... says:

    Isn’t time to fire a coach or trade the wrongly accused player for you LA fans?? Too funny…. The coach is no help and this will probably be his last stint coaching, how he got this job is still funny in its own right. They can’t beat the Magic, or lesser teams. Maybe they should trade the real problem (24) to the Sparks for C.Parker.. Then the guys that are supposed to help produce will.. Guys like Meeks, Jamison.. You will always have this problem when you have (24) on your team. It’s already proven that they play better without him thru the years. I don’t know what that coach was thinking leaving Gasol out, HE’S BETTER THAN HOWARD at the line, from 10-17ft from basket.. Long and the short they should have left Bickerstaff as coach! Just wanted to see what excuses LA fans had.. Pretty quiet at the moment……………….

  4. BBall Fan says:

    Sounds like I was watching an interview of Dwight from last year in Orlando. It takes time, we need to work as a team, we need to work harder, we need to be patient, we need to help each other out.
    That reporter for Channel 2 must have pissed in Dwight’s corn flakes, talking about cold shoulder and he doesn’t even have the balls to answer his question of why the short answers.

  5. NUFF SAID says:

    MWW was a beast yeah…. Especially those elbows….. uLOLs.. But he’s having a great game lately….. Last game against denver they flourished so much with meeks game… After that… VS. Magic he played on a limited minutes… WHY??? Maybe kobe didn’t want to share the limelights that meeks are having… He want the spotlights focus solely on him…. Thinking that he can beat the MAGIC w/out any star player….Hero ball that FAIL….

  6. tomramsden says:

    The funniest thing about this result was Howard’s comments in the post-game interview.

    “There was no emotion”.

    “The chapter was done when I was traded”.

    Do grow up Howard.

  7. Craig says:

    Dwight was very emotional, to much so. The Magic players had his number. His interview was not positive for LA, but had a lot in it for Orlando.

  8. Eaglos says:

    Another typical, sad performance.

    Bryant kept taking shots, Howard 9 of 21 from the free throw, Meeks and
    Jamison proved that their previous night with Dallas was an exception…
    and of course Gasol warmed the bench in order to watch Howard miss
    12 points.

    Way to go D Antoni!

  9. Ender says:

    That was poor.
    Yeah,they have great names-but it’s more then that.What about chemistry and contenders?There is just one-Kobe.They blamed Pau for everything and Nash was always the boss in Phoenix (yeah,Amare.he is/was talented but young).The coach does’nt help either.Look at his body language-head shaking-eye rolling.Like it isn’t his team/his responsebilty.Howard-laughing and having fun at the loss against Indiana.Not to mention the possibility of injuries down the strech.The bench isn’t that reliable.too. (Sorry for my gramma-greetings from Germany).

    • DHK says:

      MWP was a beast

      • LaCLiP says:

        hehe,,,, MWP a beast????? hehe,,,, i did recall the begginin’ of the season which he predicted, this 2012-2013 LA Lakers are going to beat the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls records(72-10)… hahaha… very funny……….

  10. Lakers24/7 says:

    I’m a hardcore Laker fan and I wholeheartedly agree with you.

  11. NUFF SAID says:

    Hahahahahah uLOL Patty……. lakerdashians ain’t contender…. That’s been proven many times…. Don’t get blinded by their dramatic lineup of Nash, kobe,MWW, PAU and D12… Lakerdashians are far from being a superteam like MIAMI…. They are just average team at best…. If they can’t BEAT the MAGIC W/out any star player how can they win against contender teams?????? laker fans where are you now??? What excuses you will bring up again???

  12. wayne says:

    Orlando just lost. you think Lakers will win every game but still they lost to inferior teams. think again.

  13. heroes del silencio says:

    lakers lost to magic… THAT IS WAY TOO FUNNY! HAHAHAHA!!!

    • uoykcuf says:

      And the funniest thing is they lost because of Howard missing those freebies. Orlando of course is doom for a couple of year and in a rebuilding mode but lakers ain’t looking like fantastic four or a championship calibur team. Bet the Magic fans is going to enjoy this one for a while.

      • me says:

        dude stop right ther, Orlando is better without D Howard there I said it, obviously he did something to do the chemistry of the team and was probably a constant pain in the a$$. Jameer Nelson is unstoppable when he’s hot and that’s damn near every game this season and Glen Davis is still hustling. This team will get to the playoffs and I do believe that they could beat Lakers when that time comes. And I’m hardly a fan of Orlando Magic

  14. Troe says:

    Patty…They lost lol

  15. ballinnnnnbgbujbrv says:

    Annnnnnd the Lakers lost..
    Seemed like a weird effort they put put out, like they threw the game at the end due to all the Hack-a-Howards

  16. Big Al says:

    “… as fans in Central Florida finally get the chance in person to wish Howard well on all his future endeavors.”

    Yeah, right! Much like LeBron in Cleveland, Dwight will be booed at each time he holds the ball.

  17. Patty says:

    Lakers will win aganist Orlando. The Lakers want win aganist teams like New York, Memphis Grizzies, & Miami Heat. The Lakers donot have a coach that will demand the Lakers to win and they donot have a bench.