Magic's Dwight Howard suspended by NBA

There are 20 comments on the Apr 29, 2009, Orlando Sentinel story titled Magic's Dwight Howard suspended by NBA. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard watches the scoreboard in the final minute of Game 5 against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the NBA playoffs at Amway Arena on Tuesday.

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Brian-Marc

Orlando, FL

#1 Apr 29, 2009
Where is the video replay. I haven't seen the alleged hit.
Observer

United States

#2 Apr 29, 2009
Sorry to hear this as it should give Philadelphia the 6th game. Howard is a tremendous talent but he must grow up and understand that such behavior cost the Magic important games.
Mike

Cocoa Beach, FL

#3 Apr 29, 2009
Brian-Marc wrote:
Where is the video replay. I haven't seen the alleged hit.
Come on man, do a little research.
robcap34

Cranford, NJ

#4 Apr 29, 2009
they showed it on espn all day. if u see it, watch dalembert push dwight from behind. absurd there was no foul called...could have negated the entire altercation and the situation could have been side stepped completely if the refs did the job correctly.
Johnnie

Chicago, IL

#5 Apr 29, 2009
Not good news, but I like it. Kind of. It will give Orlando resolve. It will allow other people to contribute (i.e. Reddick, Battie) and allow others to find their stroke (i.e, Turk, Rashard).

This will aid us in furthering in the playoffs by giving us more confidence.
Nick

East Brunswick, NJ

#6 Apr 29, 2009
Good -- you can't get away with cheap shots like that in this league.

“Vegas Baby!!!”

Since: Dec 06

Orlando, FL

#7 Apr 29, 2009
I love Dwight, but he has been arguing with refs all season long! He has developed a reputation as a whiner. If he never gets the first tech in game 2 (not sure what game it was), then this is a moot point!!!!
Zero

Lexington, VA

#8 Apr 29, 2009
The weird part about this is if he doesn't do anything, he gets labeled soft because he lets the other teams bigs push him around without doing anything about it.

He shows some toughness and people say he has to grow up. Next time he just needs to put Miller or Iguodala on the floor the next time they go to the basket.
Mike

Cocoa Beach, FL

#9 Apr 29, 2009
Dalembert baited Howard and it finally worked. It's obvious the Sixers were trying to rough him up in hopes he would retaliate and he finally did. I for one loved the elbow. I just wish it wasn't so blatant and I also wish it would have connected. Now, how sweet would it be if we go up there and kick their butts in game 6 without Howard and Lee? It will be a tough task, but it's entirely possible. If it doesn't work out, I pity the Sixers in game 7. They will get their doors blown off!
Madonna Wayne Gacy

Los Angeles, CA

#10 Apr 29, 2009
I love how basketball fans across the country are calling Dwight a dirty player. If they only knew the truth!

After watching the replay a few times I agree with the suspension. You can not let a player get into your head bad enough to swing an elbow at him. You have to be the bigger man and just play on. I am sure Dwight will learn a valuable lesson from this situation and move on. It did send a message to Dalembert, Ratliff, Evans, and the rest of the Philly team that Dwight is not a push over I also like the fact that most fans are treating this next gsame as a Philly victory. Teams that are without their star players can be more dangerous.

Be afraid Philly....be very afraid.
Longtimefan

Jacksonville, FL

#11 Apr 29, 2009
Zero wrote:
The weird part about this is if he doesn't do anything, he gets labeled soft because he lets the other teams bigs push him around without doing anything about it.
He shows some toughness and people say he has to grow up. Next time he just needs to put Miller or Iguodala on the floor the next time they go to the basket.
I agree next time anybody on the team needs to level Miller or Iguodala on the floor. But D.H needs to mature some. He not only is suspended but we also loose Lee for at least game six because D.H seems to not care about his team mates. This is at least the second time he hit C. Lee this series. i saw him smack Lee a good time in game 2 or 3. But all this should help the Magic toughen up and play like big boys now!!
Red

United States

#12 Apr 29, 2009
If Howard would have elbowed the guy, he would still be out cold! The officiating is NBA is criminal. It seems that if any of our guys get near the other team a foul is called. It is about time we get some respect!
Jarod

Clearwater, FL

#13 Apr 29, 2009
Come on guys... I like D Howard and I am a Magic fan... but that's just something you don't do. You're really going to say that because someone pushed me during the play, I'm going to elbow him AFTER the basket... in his face... and think that is ok? You guys are ridiculous!
su par

Deland, FL

#14 Apr 29, 2009
From another perspective, Howard is considered an elite player. These players seem to catch more breaks on calls then other players.
Mustafa Jones

United States

#15 Apr 29, 2009
Tony DiLeo is a cry-baby and human freak of nature. Luckily, his team will be incinerated by the Magic because of his petulance come Thursday.
Mike

Cocoa Beach, FL

#16 Apr 29, 2009
Longtimefan wrote:
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D.H seems to not care about his team mates.
Please tell me that was an exaggeration or a joke. Dwight made a great play on the ball, and Lee just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Are you saying Dwight should not be aggressive? That's how he became defensive player of the year, remember?
will

Brooklyn, NY

#17 Apr 29, 2009
Red, fouls are 117-97 in the magic's favor. clearly the magic aren't getting any respect.
joe

Orlando, FL

#18 Apr 29, 2009
guess they were'nt watchimg the same replay. Dwight was egged on, no one saw the other guy holding hus arm?
Sammy Dalembert

Hialeah, FL

#19 Apr 29, 2009
Hey Superman You hit like a Beeetch! How you like that Kryptonite LMAO!
Lisa

San Antonio, TX

#20 Apr 29, 2009
Nick wrote:
Good -- you can't get away with cheap shots like that in this league.
Really? Tell that to Rajon Rondo. I notice he didn't get a suspension for his flagrant.

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