Dwight Howard
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"Dwight David Howard" is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Howard, who plays center (basketball)/center, had an outstanding high school career at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy. He chose to forgo college and entered the 2004 NBA Draft, and was selected first overall by the Orlando Magic. An eight-time List of NBA All-Stars/All-Star, seven-time All-NBA team selection, five-time NBA All-Defensive/All-Defensive member, and three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award/Defensive Player of the Year, Howard has been ranked consistently as one of the best in the league in rebound (basketball)/rebounds, block (basketball)/blocks, field goal percentage and free throw attempts, and has set numerous franchise and league records. He led the Magic to three division titles and one conference title, and he was the winner of the 2008 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. In the 2008 Olympics, he was the starting center for USA national basketball team/Team USA, which went on to win the gold medal. He was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2012, and signed with the Houston Rockets in 2013.

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They can still go to me in the fourth quarter. It's just something I've got to keep working on. That's one of the areas I've got to gain more confidence in. Guys from other teams have told me they see that I'm too tense when I'm shooting free throws, when I'm concentrating so much instead of just letting it flow.

Playing a top team like the Heat, with all their veterans, really lets us know where we stand. You could see we need a couple more days to regroup.

It's kind of a bad thing to lose Grant. But it's only preseason.

It was definitely an empty feeling coming into the game knowing we had no chance for the playoffs. My heart really sank.

Man, we're supposed to get wins like that, ... That's a tough loss.

I can't wait. Everybody on this team is a hard worker, and I'm sure they're going to work to get better as individuals.

Riding that bike and the little sideline running isn't basketball. My timing is still off, but it's basketball. It's what I do.

It's hard for me to block basketball out, but I'll try to stay away from it for a good month and a half. I expect us to be a little more serious, a little more business-minded next year. No team is going to give us anything.

I expect us to be in the playoffs next year. We've got a great group of young guys and hopefully it will stay together. I think we can build off the finish we had to this season and do some great things next year.