Orlando Magic fans can rejoice: Dwight Howard and Rockets a bust in NBA playoffs

Dwight Howard / Headline Surfer®ORLANDO -- Hey Orlando Magic fans, you can rejoice: Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets are a bust in the NBA playoffs.

Evan Donald Sterling, who has been banned from the NBA for life, will continue to be talked about as the playoffs continue with the Los Angeles Clippers' thrilling Game 7 home win Saturday night over the Golden State Warriors, 126-121. But Howard and the Rockets, the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference with a 54-28 regular season record, were bounced out of the first round in just six games by the Portland Trailblazers, 99-98, Friday night.

Of course, rthe Rockets were middle of the road with the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and LA Clippers, seeded ahead of them in that order any way.

Still, for the second year in a row, Howard didn't get his team past the first round. Howard and his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers didn't make it out of the first round a year ago after Kobe Bryant went down with his achilles heel injury.

Howard spurned the Lakers for the Rockets, even losing out on a bigger payday in the long run, in part because he didn't like the head coach, Mike D'Antoni.

And isn't it funny how those things work themselves out, the ironies that is? Perhaps had Howard just kept his mouth shut as Kobe suggested and bided his time, things might have turned out differently.

So now Howard loses out again on another post-season run and he's lighter in the wallet, despite his 26 points, 13.7 rebounds and 2.83 blocks in the six-game battle with the Trailblazers.

So see, Magic fans, you get the last laugh on Dwight Howard, after all.

Dwight Howard fast facts / Headline Surfer®FAST FACTS: Dwight Howard, No. 1 pick Orlando Magic

-- Dwight Howard was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2004 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic out of Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy of Atlanta, Ga.
-- Led the Magic to three division titles and one conference title.
-- Was the winner of the 2008 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
-- Was the starting center for Team USA in the 2008 Olympics, which went on to win the gold medal.
-- Was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2012, team lost in first round of playoffs
-- Signed with the Houston Rockets as a free agent in 2013, team lost in first round of playoffs.
 

YouTube download / Video by rsol / Dwight Howard selected No. 1 overall by the Orlando Magic as an 18-year-old out of Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy of Atlanta, Ga.
 
 
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.