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Peachtree Hoops Jul 25, 2016

How will Dwight Howard fit into Budenholzer’s offense?

Dwight Howard looks to be an odd fit for the system Mike Budenholzer has established here in Atlanta. Howard's role in the offense may determine if this ends up being a happy homecoming or a miserable one. When Mike Budenholzer arrived in Atlanta, he was confronted with the task of getting his players, staff, and co-workers to buy into his system. Bud's coaching philosophy has been predicated on requiring all five positions on the court being able to space the floor. Fast forward three years later and the focal point remains the same. Now, after signing Dwight Howard this offseason to a...
Peachtree Hoops Jul 21, 2016

Dwight Howard used to sing Beyoncé songs on the free throw line to calm down

I mean, that’s not a terrible tactic, right? This offseason has been a busy one for Dwight Howard. He signed with the Atlanta Hawks in free agency, leaving behind a Houston Rockets team that had a rough 2015-16 season. He’s also going to be a beneficiary of the new rules placed by the NBA changing deliberate away-from-the-play foul rules. With all the new things that have come from his offseason, there’s something old that ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh has unveiled. Howard had a habit at the free throw line early in his career to keep his mind off of things. Sing Beyoncé songs: In Orlando...
Peachtree Hoops Jul 19, 2016

Locked on Hawks Podcast: Talking Dwight Howard with Locked on Rockets

Today's episode is a deep dive on Dwight Howard. Dwight Howard is a member of the Atlanta Hawks, and for the first time, the Locked on Hawks podcast will tackle his arrival in full. Today's episode of the podcast features Ben DuBose of the Locked on Rockets podcast, and he has a unique perspective as someone who is in touch with Houston's performance over the past handful of seasons. Howard is the centerpiece of the discussion, as we dive into what it was like to have the big man around from a Rockets perspective and what the Houston fan base thinks of Howard at this point in time. Can...
Peachtree Hoops Jul 19, 2016

Dwight Howard’s back “hasn’t been an issue”, according to Dwight Howard

A primary source has commented positively on Dwight Howard’s back. Dwight Howard’s homecoming has been executed quite well to this point, with the peak coming when both Howard and Kent Bazemore became emotional during an introductory press conference for the Atlanta Hawks. Now, though, the dust is beginning to settle and the reality that Howard is a member of the organization for the next three seasons (at least in theory) is setting in for everyone involved. With that in mind, Steve Hummer of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote eloquently on the subject of Howard’s arrival in...
The Dream Shake Jul 15, 2016

Dwight Howard is still burning bridges over his touches

The former Rockets center gave an interview on Thursday, and he's still demanding the ball. It's my last ever Dwight Howard rant. I promise. I've been pretty hard on the big man this year, admittedly. But... D-12 appeared on Mike & Mike on Thursday, and of course he was asked about his time in Houston. And sadly, Howard is still blaming everybody else for his problems. When Mike Greenberg asked Howard, "Do you feel they didn't give you enough of a role in the offense in Houston?" The big man continued to throw the Rockets under the bus, replying: "No doubt. I know what I'm capable of and...
Peachtree Hoops Jul 13, 2016

Dwight Howard, Hack-A-Shaq, and New League Rules

The NBA just announced a rule change aimed at curbing "Hack-a-Player" strategies. While the new rules will not eliminate the strategy completely, they should make life easier for Dwight Howard and the Hawks. Just hours after the Atlanta Hawks officially signed Dwight Howard yesterday, the NBA announced a change to its rules regarding intentional fouling with the intent of limiting the "Hack-a-Shaq" strategy. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has been promising to combat this strategy for some time now, hoping to eliminate a tactic that many see as cheap and boring. The new rules do not...

Dwight Howard says he's not a 'cancer'

Former Magic center Dwight Howard says he’s not a locker room “cancer” as a teammate and added that another former Orlando player – Grant Hill – persuaded him to return to his hometown of Atlanta as a free agent. In an interview with ESPN after signing a three-year, $70.5 million deal, Howard said...
Peachtree Hoops Jul 12, 2016

The Atlanta Hawks announce the free agent signing of Dwight Howard

The Hawks have a new center in town. It’s now official. The Atlanta Hawks have signed Dwight Howard, as it was announced by President of Basketball Operations and head coach Mike Budenholzer. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed. But per Eric Pincus, the deal is 3-years, for $70.5 million and no options. "We would like to welcome Dwight, and his family, home to Atlanta and into our Hawks basketball family. We feel Dwight will have a huge impact on both ends of the court with his physical presence and the force he brings to the game,” Budenholzer said in the statement. “We...
Peachtree Hoops Jul 6, 2016

Dwight Howard saying all the right things about returning home

Dwight Howard is excited to start the next chapter of his career back home in Atlanta. Dwight Howard may have a bit of a checkered past over his NBA career but so far he is saying all the right things about his return to Atlanta to play for the Hawks. Howard has become a fixture sitting courtside at Atlanta Dream games and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Jordan D. Hill caught up with the Hawks’ newest addition during Tuesday’s win over the Seattle Storm. In the interview, Howard spoke glowingly about Hawks’ head coach Mike Budenholzer and said he was excited to be coached by...
Peachtree Hoops Jul 5, 2016

Dwight Howard is working on improving his free throws this offseason

This should be a welcome sight, Hawks fans! Dwight Howard had a career-worst season this past year at the free throw line, shooting just 48.9 percent. The Hack-A strategy utilized by NBA teams is one that pains many fans to watch, and often times Howard, along with a handful of other NBA players are typically on the receiving end of that. But Howard is getting a fresh start here in Atlanta, a place he calls home, and we're seeing early that he's making it a point this offseason to really overcome his woes at the free throw line, as Twitter user @LethalShooter__ posted on Sunday. The two...
Peachtree Hoops Jul 5, 2016

What Dwight Howard brings to the Atlanta Hawks

Dwight Howard will be a huge boost to Atlanta’s rebounding woes. The Atlanta Hawks made a bold move in aggressively pursuing and ultimately bringing Dwight Howard home in free agency. The subsequent departure of Al Horford means that the Atlanta Hawks will look quite a bit different when they take the floor next season. One of the best things about the Howard addition was the terms of his new contract. This will be an aspect that is overlooked, but his 3-year, $70.5 million deal gives them the necessary flexibility to retool if the situation arises. Contract aside, Howard the player...

Dwight's going home to find what he lost in Orlando

Our old friend Dwight Howard will sign with his third – yes, his third – team since leaving Orlando in 2012. And he really will be coming home this time, agreeing to a three-year, $70.5 million free-agent contract with the Atlanta Hawks. It has all the signs of a money-grab by Dwight, who is now...
Peachtree Hoops Jul 1, 2016

Dwight Howard contract brings additional questions for Atlanta Hawks

Hello, Dwight Howard. What now? Dwight Howard is going to be a member of the Atlanta Hawks. That appears to be a certainty, as multiple reports indicate Howard will sign a three-year pact valued at more than $70 million to play for his hometown team. While this could be the type of “big splash” that many Hawks fans have been in search of in the recent past, there are many layers to the roster situation as it stands today. With that, let’s take a look at this acquisition with a bit of depth. The Good Dwight Howard remains an effective asset on a basketball court. The 30-year-old...
CSN New England Jul 1, 2016

Blakely on how Hawks signing Howard impacts Celtics

CSN Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely discusses Dwight Howard signing with the Atlanta Hawks and the impact that has on the Celtics pursuit of Al Horford.
The Dream Shake Jul 1, 2016

Former Rocket Dwight Howard, Atlanta Hawks agree on 3-year, $70.5 million deal

Howard's departure official as he agrees to a deal with his hometown Hawks. Dwight Howard's time with the Houston Rockets was short, productive, and tumultuous. Howard excised his player option to opt out of the final year of his four-year, 87.5 million dollar contract with the Rockets, which was a clear sign that the tension-filled marriage was over.  The breakup is now official as The Vertical and Shams Charania are reporting that Howard has reached an agreement on a contract: Dwight Howard has reached agreement on a three-year, $70.5 million with the Atlanta Hawks, league sources...

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