Poor, persecuted Dwight Howard

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Poor, persecuted Dwight Howard

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com

Let's take a moment to recognize the brave Dwight Howard.

As Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy points out, the guy isn't getting enough credit right now. Not for being No. 2 in the NBA for both rebounds and blocks, and No. 3 in double doubles. SVG wants the world to applaud Howard for keeping his murderous rage in check.

"I think he has settled down," the coach said. "He's gotten two technicals in the last month and he hasn't gotten any for arguing. His problems were early in the year when he got a lot of arguing calls. Lately what he's gotten is two for retaliating for hits he's taken after the whistle and I think to be quite honest he's already had great restraint on those plays.

I would say his control is amazing."

WGS wanted to talk to Howard yesterday about keeping his temper in check, but he was too busy being suspended. The one-game sentence was served Monday night after he picked up his 16th technical of the season on Friday.

The most impressive aspect of Howard's turnaround is that he's done it despite NBA commissioner David Stern's best attempts to imprison him in a North Korean labor camp. Or something.

"This is the system," Van Gundy said of the suspension." David Stern and his minions like it. And I certainly can't have an opinion because David Stern, like a lot of leaders we've seen in this world lately, don't really tolerate other people's opinions or free speech or anything. So I'm not really allowed to have an opinion, so it's up to him. He does not tolerate freedom of speech when it comes to NBA issues. He's the only opinion."

Someone needs to tell teammate Gilbert Arenas that Howards fouls arent dumb

hes being persecuted. Take a look at the evidence:

Dwight just playing D:

Dwight just boxing out:

As SVG said, Howard is the one getting hit. Its self-defense! Thats why we should applaud the poise hes shown this season.

Here are other examples of Superman trying to do his thing and weakling opponents getting all bent out of shape about being concussed or bleeding and stuff.

ANTI-DWIGHT WEBSITE

Stupid. Thats the kind of oversensitivity that gives fundamentalists like Howie a bad rap. Really, it should point out the flaws of David Sterns Marxist regime. But you know what? Howard has only been suspended once so far. Clearly, the big guys not taking the bait.

Jokes on you, Stern. There's only one future for dictators.

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Football is coming.

The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.

Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at patriots.com/trainingcamp.

The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.

The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.

Blakely: Celtics trying to get No. 7 pick to trade to Knicks

Blakely: Celtics trying to get No. 7 pick to trade to Knicks

With the Knicks and Celtics having yet to find common ground on a trade for Kristaps Porzingis, it appears the C’s are trying to add to their stable of draft picks in order to facilitate an agreement. 

ESPN’s Ian Begley reported Thursday afternoon that Boston was offering a pick it had yet to acquire, with CSNNE’s A. Sherrod Blakely following up that it’s the seventh overall pick. The C’s already have the third overall pick. 

The NBA draft begins Thursday at 7 p.m.