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Dwight Howard and his Orlando dilemma


Everyday until Dwight Howard makes a decision about his future we will hear conflicting reports about whether he wants to stay or go in Orlando.

Because Howard himself is conflicted, torn between the only franchise he’s known and what is best for him as a player.

The evidence of this conflict comes via this Baynews9.com report that Howard wants to stay in Orlando. With conditions.

Saturday afternoon, one of Dwight Howards’ closest confidants told BHSN that Howard’s preference is to stay in Orlando, rather than be traded. Howard’s hope is for Magic President Otis Smith to “hit a home run” via trade and acquire another NBA superstar, most notably Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets. Monta Ellis of the Golden State Warriors was another name also mentioned.

Those trades are not happening, unless you think someone wants to take on Hedo Turkoglu’s contract just so they can get J.J. Redick.

Dwight Howard cares about Orlando, both the fans and the organization. It’s his home. But he realizes this roster is years away from winning again and he knows his legacy — not to mention endorsement dollars, particularly internationally — depend on a ring. Or rings.

So he is conflicted. He wants to stay in his heart, but his head is saying it’s time for a change.

And you get the feeling his head is going to win this battle unless Otis Smith has a miracle in his back pocket.

Stephen Curry drops 30 on Portland in preseason (VIDEO)

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Somebody is in midseason form.

Stephen Curry put up 30 on Portland in a preseason game Thursday night, hitting six threes and getting to the line 15 times over the course of his less than 26 minutes. It was quite a show.

Portland won the game 118-101 behind 25 points from Allen Crabbe and 22 from Damian Lillard. Not a lot of defense in this one but it was fun to watch.

Anthony Bennett moves around, dunks on Lakers’ Upshaw (VIDEO)

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If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.

Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.

Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.