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Dwight Howard, Stan Van Gundy to talk fouls again

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Dwight Howard lost his head in the Charlotte series.

Sure, there were some borderline calls that went against him, but he didn’t deal with it well. He kept picking up silly fouls, not just accepting some of the banging but retaliating. Then he sat. Then his teammates nicknamed him Foul on You. Watch the video and see for yourself.

Didn’t impact the Magic against the Bobcats — they still swept the series — but bigger tests await. Stand Van Gundy gets it and told the Orlando Sentinel it was time for another talk.

Van Gundy… said he will again meet with Howard, likely today, to talk to him about staying out of foul trouble. “We’ll talk about it,” Van Gundy said. “You got to take some responsibility for things you can control. … Dwight’s frustration level went through the roof.”

Superman needs to sit down with the other Superman and talk about this — Shaquille O’Neal has been there. It takes some maturity as a strong, physical player to accept the cheap shots and not retaliate, to see calls that would be made on others ignored on you because your strong enough to power through them, to have other people flop and get calls. But Howard let it get into his head.

Next round — likely against the Bucks but even against the Hawks — Howard will be in the same boat. He will be the biggest, strongest guy out there. He has to be the mentally biggest, strongest as well for the Magic to get back to the Finals.

Dwight Howard enjoys paying fines, complains about refs

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Dwight Howard apparently has too much money, what with all those endorsements and all. Time to make a donation.

So, he criticized the referees Tuesday on his blog. The quotes from the Orlando Sentinel.

“Ya’ll know that that series against Charlotte drove me crazy. I mean, it was almost comical at times how I was getting fouls called on me. There was nothing I could do out there and I felt like I couldn’t move without getting that whistle blown on me,” Howard said.

“I’m not looking to say anything to get myself in trouble with the league, but I just don’t see other star players getting called for fouls the way I get them. No star player in the league is outta games the way I am. I even talked to Patrick Ewing about his career and he said he never had foul trouble like what I’m going through.

“I gotta say this is the most frustrating stretch of my career. I’ve never been through four games in a row like that. But hey, we won the series and we’re moving on.”

Memo from the league office coming in 5…4…3…2…

Dwight Howard's new nickname: "foul on you"

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Thumbnail image for Howard_game.jpgDwight Howard has really stepped up his game in the playoffs. Well, one part of his game. He tends to foul a lot during the regular season (3.5 per game), but during the playoffs he has been on fire.

So much so that his teammates have nicknamed him “foul on you” Howard told the Associated Press after practice.

“That’s my new nickname. They’ve been killing me all day calling me
‘Foul on You,”‘ Howard said of his teammates after shootaround Monday
before their playoff game against Charlotte. “So I’ve accepted by new

Howard has fouled out of one playoff game and picked up five fouls in the other two (a 5.3 per game average). That has limited his playing time to 27 minutes a game. It hasn’t hurt the Magic who are up 3-0 in the series (thank you Jameer Nelson) so is it really a concern?

Well, Stan Van Gundy thinks it is, as he told the Orlando Sentinel. And if he does…

Stan Van Gundy ordered Dwight Howard to review videotape with him of some of the fouls he received on Saturday, and the Magic coach wants Howard to make adjustments…

Howard met with Van Gundy in the visitors’ dressing room (after practice Sunday), where they spent about 15 minutes poring over the tape. When asked about the meeting, Howard said, “It’s top secret — we can’t tell you guys. It’s a top-secret meeting. Coach told me not to say anything…”

“Everybody’s trying to tell me what I should do. I just can’t allow myself to get frustrated. Things are going to happen,” Howard said. “My teammates say, ‘Why you got to fight all the time?’ You’re playing basketball. You don’t want anybody to think you’re weak and soft out there, so sometimes you go to battle. I just have to try not to get into a wrestling match.”

Howard walks a fine line. First, he is stronger than everyone else he goes up against. Second, he is expected to be the power presence on the offensive block for Orlando, he had to make some moves and risk picking up an offensive foul. He is also the primary — and often only — help defender on Orlando. All of that means he is going to pick up fouls by just playing basketball his way.

But he has to avoid the silly ones, the borderline ones. Some of those calls have gone against him this series, some were just mistakes by Howard. Those are the calls he needs to eliminate.

Against the overmatched Bobcats these foul issues are no big deal. In the next round against Atlanta, things change.