July 6, 2020, 11:30 pmDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard has decided to play for the resumption of the season in July.
His status was up in the air at first, but he has now decided to play. This was a big redemption year for Howard and it's his best shot at a title since he was on the Orlando Magic so it isn't surprising to see him take advantage of this opportunity.
Source: Shams on Twitter
July 3, 2020, 10:10 pmAnthony DavisPF-C, Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis has high expectations for the Lakers when they resume play later in July in Orlando, citing the long layoff as a favorable development for his squad.
As if the Lakers weren't already squarely in the hunt for an NBA championship. When speaking to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, Davis said that he believes their "chances are higher just because we’re all rested and we’re all ready to go.” Depth seems to be the most glaring issue potentially facing the Lakers as they prepare to make the trip to Disney World, as defensive stalwart Avery Bradley recently opted out of the remainder of the season. Bradley was subsequently replaced by well-traveled veteran guard J.R. Smith (who has a long history of playoff runs alongside LeBron James with the Cavs), but the team is still unsure of veteran center Dwight Howard's status the rest of the way. Other than Howard, the Lakers' roster is seemingly set for Orlando. Davis sounds like he's ready to rock, however.
July 1, 2020, 8:28 pmDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Dave McMenamin of ESPN reported that Dwight Howard remains in his Atlanta-area home and the Lakers hope he will eventually join them in Orlando.
The Lakers do not plan to replace Howard on the roster. They are being patient with Howard, but if he decides to not play in Orlando the Lakers will likely look to sign another center.
Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter
June 30, 2020, 5:07 pmDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Rob Pelinka said that Dwight Howard has yet to come to a decision on his playing status for the resumption of the NBA season, but he and the team are in frequent contact.
Howard was one of the coalition of players who had been outspoken in spotlighting the importance of social injustice and police brutality. Teammate, and another player in the coalition, Avery Bradley, has opted to sit the remainder of the season, but the team is still waiting on Howard to make his. Whatever Howard ultimately decides to do, the organization, the fans and all of us here at HoopBall fully support.
Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter
June 17, 2020, 7:58 pmDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Shams reported a typed message from Dwight Howard in which he said “Contrary to popular belief, we are not attempting to halt the resumption of the basketball season in Orlando.”
Howard continued to say “Our main objective is to raise awareness and gain transparency on the things that concern us collectively. Many of our fellow players are afraid to voice their concerns and are continue to follow along with what they believe they have to.” Howard has been a vocal member of a Players Coalition led by Kyrie Irving. Avery Bradley said on Tuesday that he was ‘eager to hear’ how the NBA and sponsors would fulfill their responsibilities regarding racial injustice in the country. Irving’s comments recently have made it seem that his intentions are to prevent the league from continuing play in Orlando to give more attention to the protests against racial injustice. Howard pushed against that idea today by saying “If any one of us chooses to sit, it has nothing to do with another players’ right to play. Not once has any of us told one of our fellow brethren not to go to the Orlando Bubble Experiment and we stressed that in our meetings”. The direct meaning of Howard’s message says that he is in support of players deciding to continue the season in Orlando, but ‘Orlando Bubble Experiment’ doesn’t sound like a positive endorsement. He also said that “The game will go on with or without those who decide not to play because like we are taught, we are easily replaceable.” The Players Coalition has been vocal this week and it may press the NBA to address their concerns with a plan sooner rather than later.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
June 16, 2020, 11:22 pmAvery BradleySG, Los Angeles Lakers
Avery Bradley, who is the head of the Players Coalition currently working to spotlight the importance of social injustice and police brutality using the NBA's platform, said on Tuesday that he is 'eager to hear' how the league office, ownership, and sponsors will fulfill their societal responsibilities regarding those issues upon returning to play next month.
Bradley and the Coalition, co-led by Kyrie Irving of the Nets, have a number of priorities that they have apparently made clear to the league and executives (and ESPN, apparently). Some of those include, as laid out Tuesday by Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews of ESPN, "improved hiring practices for black front-office and head-coaching candidates, donations to organizations serving black communities, partnerships with black-owned businesses and arena vendors, and making it so the league's management better reflects its composition of players." Bradley, Irving, Dwight Howard and a number of other players feel that the issues facing the African-American community (and the world as a whole, for that matter) are far too important and basketball should be placed on the back-burner until some improvements in legislation and police reform are put in place. They have a good point ethically, but not all players are in agreement as far as the Orlando-restart is concerned, and basketball fans and players are starving for on-court action. Bradley and (especially) Irving have been increasingly vocal over the past week and don't seem to be changing their stances anytime soon. Once again, regardless of the reason why, Kyrie Irving has become a prominent topic of discussion publicly – and he only suited up for 20 games this season. It was even reported on Tuesday that he proposed starting a new league in a group chat with teammates. This situation should only get more interesting. Expect Adam Silver to handle it with class and come to some sort of agreement with Bradley, Irving, and the other members of the Players Coalition in a concerted effort to combat racial injustices that continue to prevail throughout the country using the NBA's platform.
June 16, 2020, 9:20 pmKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
Commissioner Adam Silver has informed all 30 teams on Tuesday that upon the league restart next month, a central goal for the NBA will be to utilize their platform to accentuate the issues of racial inequality and police brutality that are currently crippling the United States.
In Silver's own words, "A central goal of our season restart will be to utilize the NBA's platform to bring attention and sustained action to issues of social injustice…" We should expect nothing less from Silver at this point, as he has handled nearly every conundrum the league has faced during his (short) tenure as commissioner with complete class, kindness, effectiveness, and professionalism. All that being said, this is likely a bit of a response to the recent question marks brought forth by various players such as Kyrie Irving, Dwight Howard and Avery Bradley regarding the league's plan to return to play amid a tumultuous global climate. It would be wise to expect Irving to issue some sort of "double-down" statement in response within the week. On Tuesday, he reportedly proposed starting a new league in a group chat with some teammates. Grab your popcorn.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
June 12, 2020, 10:38 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard and a group of other players (including NBPA President Chris Paul and Garrett Temple) expressed their concerns about the NBA's plan to resume the the season in Orlando.
Reports in recent days have indicated that there are more than a couple NBA players scheduled to resume play when the league returns who are very concerned with the feasibility of the plan as it currently stands. Some of the players, including Anthony, have voiced their doubts as to whether or not the continuation of the NBA season next month is healthy. The group, which notably is made up of mostly players in the bottom half of the projected playoff bracket at the moment, isn't sure whether or not resuming league play is the safest, most intelligent plan that was proposed in discussions with the league. This should situation should formulate further over the weekend.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 4:53 pmDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
According to head coach Frank Vogel, Dwight Howard (stomach illness) will be available for Thursday's tilt vs. the Rockets.
Howard has played a key role off the bench for the Lakers this year but doesn't see enough opportunity in order to be fantasy relevant outside of 18-team leagues.
Source: Brad Turner on Twitter
March 10, 2020, 7:05 pmDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard is being listed as out for Tuesday's game against the Sixers due to a stomach illness.
JaVale McGee should be in line for additional minutes in this one. Howard should be back soon as it doesn't seem like a long term injury.
Source: Harrison Faigen on Twitter
March 3, 2020, 8:41 pmAnthony DavisPF-C, Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis (right knee) will play on Tuesday vs. the Sixers.
He missed the Lakers' previous game against the Pelicans but will make his return tonight against the Sixers. Davis has been on the injury report more times than you can count this year, but he has played in a large majority of those contests. He should be good to go. Kyle Kuzma's value decreases significantly and both Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee take a noticeable production hit with Davis returning.
Source: NBA Injury Report
March 1, 2020, 10:36 pmJaVale McGeeC, Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee delivered eight points, four rebounds and six blocks against the Pelicans on Sunday.
McGee had gone four straight games without a block so he was due for a huge showing. Anthony Davis missed this game which allowed McGree to pick up some extra opportunities. McGee is nothing more than a blocks specialist for the Lakers. Dwight Howard typically gets a larger share of the center minutes, he went for eight points, six rebounds and one block, and is a better option for big man stats in comparison.
February 28, 2020, 1:07 amDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard came off the bench on Thursday and scored 13 points on 4-of-4 shooting to go with nine rebounds, three assists, a steal and two blocks.
Howard logged 24 minutes off the bench and was electric in tonight's win. He's shown the ability to put up efficient stat lines against mediocre teams, but the Lakers are a fantasy wasteland outside of their dynamic duo.
February 23, 2020, 7:16 pmDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard was productive in his 15 minutes of floor time on Sunday, scoring 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting and collecting seven rebounds.
Anthony Davis, not surprisingly, had another monster game and played 39 minutes, but Howard actually got more minutes than starting center JaVale McGee. In shallower leagues, Howard probably belongs on the waiver wire. However, he has been remarkably consistent in his bench role this year is worth using in deeper fantasy leagues.
February 11, 2020, 1:13 amDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard was productive in his 25 minutes off the bench on Monday, dropping a 14-point, 15-rebound double-double (no blocks).
Howard has been outperforming JaVale McGee and he's been rewarded with solid minutes. For the time being and possibly ROS, Howard is the center to own from Laketown.