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Dwight Howard mocks LeBron James

Posted on: February 4, 2011 11:56 am
 
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard mocked Miami Heat forward LeBron James before Thursday night's game. Posted by Ben Golliver.
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Last night, Miami Heat forward LeBron James exploded for his best game of the season and, really, one of the best performances of his career. The 51-11-8 night came after months of trash talk and slights between the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat; It also came minutes after Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard led his team in a group mocking of James.

Prior to the tip, Howard went to the scorer's table and mimicked James' chalk toss -- something Howard also did when the Magic traveled to Cleveland, James' former home, earlier this season -- but what really took the cake was Howard leading a group of his teammates in a team photo, another practice James was known for leading last year in Cleveland. You can get a look at the group photo above and check out video of the chalk talk and photo session below, via YouTube user kakalama12345678.



First, this is pretty funny. Second, it's almost always funny when someone mocks LeBron James. 

However, it's not particularly classy, though, and I'm surprised that Magic coach Stan Van Gundy allowed this to happen. These actions -- and, more importantly, the spirit behind the actions -- really backfired. The Magic are no better than James: they've never won a ring, they don't dictate NBA etiquette and they were just looking to make a national scene to mock an opponent. Howard, as a well-established superstar in his own right, should be better than that, although the fact that he's done the chalk toss multiple times now makes it clear this was no accidental message.

Unfortunately, given the game that unfolded, the message it sent was "we tried to make you look bad and failed" rather than "we're so confident in our play that we can stoke your competitive fires without fear of repercussions." Given the relative hype between the two franchises and the relative size of their markets, there's also a tinge of "little brother jealousy" to the whole thing.

Does this all look differently if the Magic come out and take care of business last night or if James came out cold and looking distracted rather than putting together the best start (11 for 11) of his career? Probably. But, for now, it looks both funny and a bit sad.
Comments

Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2011 7:23 pm
 

Dwight Howard mocks LeBron James

"The Magic are no better than James: they've never won a ring"

James never won a ring either. Funny video though! made me literally lol!



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Dwight Howard mocks LeBron James

Personally, I'd like to see "Dung Boy" James come racing down on the wing, filling in on a fast break.   He gets to mid court, salivating at the thought of another picture perfect power dunk.  However, he slips on the very same powder that he tossed into the air in his pregrame ritual, and goes down with a career ending injury.   What a fitting Karmic conclussion that would be! 



Since: Sep 13, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2011 2:35 pm
 

Dwight Howard mocks LeBron James

Too funny.....  Whats really funny is how pressed Arenas was to participate...... Gilbert had a hard time getting the best of Lebron while leading the Wizards; espeicially throughout "The Wizards and Cavaliers Rivalry."  I wouldn't be suprised if Gilbert is playing "Devil's Advocate"  between Dwight and Lebron. 



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2011 2:34 pm
 

Just Between Me and Dwight

I love Howard's game, but let me speak to HIM frankly here, just man to man - "Dog. When are you gonna learn to let YOUR GAME do the talking? Huh? Don't mock and talk. Just concentrate on WINNING THE GAME! Let them other fools carry on with the theatrics."




Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Dwight Howard mocks LeBron James

hilarious,,,seriously ur right..... spen time at the line slim..



Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2011 1:13 pm
 

Dwight Howard mocks LeBron James

Yeah, good job, D-Dub.  Next time, how about takin' some warm-up free throws during your spare time. 



Since: Aug 15, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2011 1:03 pm
 

Dwight Howard mocks LeBron James

Looks like LeBron got his revenge DURING the game. 51 points....how does THAT mock feel now, Howard?


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