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Mejia: Howard’s camp cancellation has too many crying

ORLANDO – Villainizing Dwight Howard has become so easy that everyone is doing it. From clueless bloggers to columnists and sportscasters wearing out the Pollyanna act, everyone is relying on the kids to turn the Dwightmare another page. I get it. On one hand, there are kids who woke up on Tuesday morning disappointed because [...]

Mejia: Vaughn’s arrival seems linked with Howard’s impending departure

Orlando introduced Jacque Vaughn on Monday afternoon, but the curiosity over the well- versed first-time head coach inevitably gave way to more Dwight Howard questions. As has been the case since taking over, GM Rob Hennigan gave away nothing. CEO Alex Martins, who had previously stated his insistence not to have another season like this past [...]

Eastern Conference schedule breakdown

No place to start the 2012-13 NBA schedule breakdown then at the beginning, since everyone will be so tired of the meaningless exhibition games by Oct. 30 that casting eyes on a game that counts is going to bring instant relief. As a result, I can guarantee that Wizards visit to Cleveland that’s easy to [...]

Limbo reigns after latest meeting between Howard and Magic

Limbo has a hellish connotation, so maybe it’s appropriate that the Dwightmare has graduated to it’s current state. Dwight Howard wants out, has wanted out and will never want back in. Nevermind that he opted in. That only matters in the most important way possible. He’s got no control, so what he wants doesn’t matter. [...]

Eastern Conference roll call

ATLANTA HAWKS Probable starters: F Josh Smith, F Al Horford, C Zaza Pachulia, G Jeff Teague, G Devin Harris. Reserves: G Lou Williams, F Kyle Korver,  F Ivan Johnson, G Anthony Morrow,  G John Jenkins, C Johan Petro, F/C Jordan Williams, G/F Pape Sy (NG). Needs: Traditional backup PG, wing shooter, post defender. Notes: Danny [...]

Magic in due diligence mode as Howard saga takes latest turn

ORLANDO – First things first, Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic are too far gone to repair any relationship. The franchise center has made  no secret of the fact he’s ready to move on, a stance that pre-dates new GM Rob Hennigan and has been relayed in numerous conversations since the 30-year-old was hired from Oklahoma City on [...]

Mejia: Howard playing waiting game he volunteered for

ORLANDO – Dwight Howard is now trying to get himself to Los Angeles, which at the very least, is progress. He’s increased his short list from one to two. The Brooklyn dream isn’t necessarily dead, but since the only team he’s wanted to play for was forced to go in another direction, the Lakers and [...]

Sources: Howard’s Lakers wish won’t deter Houston

ORLANDO – Dwight Howard is now likely to wind up with the Los Angeles Lakers. When and how is what remains to be seen, but if it happens, look for it to be via Houston, which remains the favorite to facilitate his long-awaited exit from Orlando. Yep, the end of the Dwightmare still runs through the Rockets [...]

Blatche is 13th Amnesty victim, cracks PBN All-Stars

The Amnesty axe fell on unmotivated Washington forward Andray Blatche, who adds a much-needed dose of youth to the NBA’s amnestied All-Stars, which PBN has taken the liberty of assembling. Calls are out to Flip Saunders and Nate McMillan for the coaching vacancy, though Blatche’s inclusion likely means the ex-Wizards coach (just joined Twitter at [...]

Magic reach finalist stage in coaching search

ORLANDO – After an initial round of interviews that saw supposed leading candidates Brian Shaw and Michael Malone fail to advance, the Orlando Magic may actually be closer to naming a head coach than they are dealing franchise center Dwight Howard. San Antonio Spurs assistant Jacque Vaughn, Philadelphia associate head coach Michael Curry and Phoenix [...]

Sources: Houston’s Howard pursuit takes Linsane twist

(Updated July 15, 12 AM ET) ORLANDO – At this time next week,  the Dwightmare may not be over. This is a change from Friday’s report, which detailed Orlando’s Dwight Howard would finally be moved to Houston, but NBA business delays keep pushing back the timetable. Houston was seemingly creating income for the league coffers by forcing the Knicks [...]

Pro Basketball News Podcast – 7/12/12

Tony and Brian are finally back to break down NBA free agency throughout the league, trades made, the biggest impact moves and, of course, the Dwight Howard saga. You can subscribe to the Pro Basketball News podcast on iTunes by clicking here.

Mejia’s first round pick-by-pick analysis

A little freestyle, pick-by-pick, on Thursday night’s NBA draft. The accompanying photo pays homage to John Calipari’s strengthening influence as the event’s Godfather. Loved the tweet telling recruits he was sorry for being out of touch this week because of all the NBA personnel he had to confer with regarding his six prospects. All that’s [...]

Mejia’s mock draft: Lots of ifs after Davis goes No. 1

Here’s how PBN sees the NBA Draft unfolding on June 28.  (Updated 6/28, 10 AM EST) 1. New Orleans – Anthony Davis, F/C, Kentucky: Won’t have to be the savior out of the gate, stepping into a great situation with team ownership finally solidified and cap space cleared. He’ll need to add strength, but should [...]

Pro Basketball News Podcast – 3/15/12

Tony Mejia and Brian Fritz discuss the NBA trade deadline with all the moves made around the league, Dwight Howard’s decision to remain with the Magic, what is next for the Nets now, who didn’t get moved, who made the best moves and why, coaching changes and much more. You can subscribe to the Pro [...]