Dwight was still in a squatting position, leaning down to say a prayer. His own Tebow time. He then skipped to the center-jump circle, pausing to bump fists with opposing players along the way.
The new delay-of-game penalty shouldn't be an issue for the Magic with Dwight in L.A. It should be noted that Howard has been penalized several times… for taking too long to shoot free-throws (not that the extra time helped him.)
LeBron drama II
Well, Miami Heat star LeBron James can become a free agent in 2014, meaning media, start your speculation.
ESPN did, interviewing some GMs who say that the Lakers are planning to make a run at LeBron.
James, of course, didn't exactly kill such a notion. "I'm here, and this is what it's all about," he said. "I'm preparing for this season, preparing to defend our title and that's it. This is where ... I'm here now."
I'm here now.
That's the slogan of the new superstar, in which no one commits.
Back in the Magic's 1999-2000 season, the club acquired injured Chauncey Billups during their Heart & Hustle makeover. Billups never played, and the Magic released him to make room for Grant Hill and Tracy McGrady.
So it was a coincidence that Hill went out to dinner and bonded with Billups this summer, even though Grant hadn't yet thought about signing with Billups' team, the L.A. Clippers.
"It's interesting. I had dinner with Chauncey when I was in town in Vegas covering the Olympic team and we didn't even talk about the Clippers. It didn't even come up. We hung out and talked about other things," Hill told a Phoenix radio station. "And then I met with [coach] Vinny [Del Negro] really almost as a favor, just because I had known him, played against him and he had worked for the Suns my first year. I just really liked what he was saying. They really weren't the team that I was looking at."
This 'n' That
The Magic were 0-4 in the preseason before Friday night's game. Whatever Jacque Vaughn is doing, he needs to keep it up. This is the perfect regular-season strategy to acquire a top lottery pick. I kid …. Former Magic GM Otis Smith recently underwent knee-replacement surgery. … Apparently, after a touch-and-go L.A. medical drama, Dwight Howard will courageously make his Lakers debut Sunday at Staples Center, no doubt evoking images of Willis Reed. I haven't seen anything so well choreographed since the Rockettes at The Radio City Music Hall. …The Sacramento Kings have a new sponsor for their arena and it's a snoozer: Sleep Train Mattresses.