Back when I wrote the article about Lebron James I was already thinking about Dwight Howard if we advanced the series against Cleveland. For a couple of days I almost started to write another similar piece about Howard but I decided not to do so. Some people reacted in a way I didn't fully expect when I simply stated some facts about James. After what happened last night I cannot help but letting some thoughts about how the NBA cheats and manipulates the game in some ways. Thankfully, sometimes there is sports karma and things that not even Stern can control, such as the fact that the Celtics are one win away from the NBA finals. Somewhere in his house, the league president must have been trembling in fear by the prospect of having to give the NBA championship to the city of Boston again. We all know he doesn't like the Celtics. It's hard to remember when it was the last time we held an All Star Game and it is very easy to acknowledge that it is in the interest of the league that Cleveland and Orlando arrived to the Conference Finals. Stern wanted this, and he ultimately wanted a Cavs-Lakers finals, which clearly isn't going to happen.

Mr Stern's love for the business and the money generated by it is bigger than his clear hate on our team. It's not only that he doesn't feel special sympathy for Boston, it's just that he needs new ways to generate more money. Let's face it: the Celtics as they are built now are meant to last not many years. Business-wise it is not a good investment. He needs new stars with rising games to exploit them and use them for the long term. I guess you can't be Stern's toy, Sheed. Get over it, you are too old and you speak the truth way too often. Stern likes to mold his stars by another standards, he likes to copy a format that worked in the past and he uses sensational players to fulfill his investments. In the 90's there were two major stars in the league: Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal. Stern is a firm believer of cloning, and he found the perfect players to continue with the big money machine: Dwight would be the new Shaq and Lebron was supposed to be the new Mike.

Once found the players it was a matter of making their lives easier in the game. Most of the things we commented on the Lebron article can be applied to Dwight. There are just some details that differ, but the general idea is there:

1. Dwight Howard is a copy of Shaquille O'Neal. The problem is that he is not as dominant as Shaq was. He is not so good offensively and his mental toughness is the equivalent to a first grade student. He is a force of nature and he is also a very poor free throw shooter but nothing that the referees cannot work on. Which takes us to the next point:

2. He gets away with murder all the time and he is never ejected. Whereas Lebron never fouls out and travels all the time, Dwight is simply a dirty player. He uses his elbows here and then and the referees never call a foul on him. Check youtube and click "Howard elbow". There is a particular play with Gasol in which he hits the Laker on the face and it is the Spaniard who gets the T...does it ring any bells? He had a flagrant foul on Pierce earlier in the series and wasn't even considered a special foul. He can hit but he can't get it. I can imagine a phone call from Stern to the referees after game 1 when Sheed showed Dwight how being hard and sportsman are not a contradiction. The Celtics completely dominated Dwight without being dirty...after watching the rest of the games of this series you can be sure Sheed won't be allowed to even touch Howard's jersey... The only chance we have is activating Scalabrine or making Shelden hit him hard and get suspended for next game. In the meantime Dwight elbows Baby, throws down Pierce, hits Garnett...the "Stern show for the grotesque money quest" continues

3. As with Lebron, Dwight is indeed a walking steroid. I know I would probably get punished with some harsh comments here, but take a look at his shoulders and tell me if he gets those with physical exercise and a dish of rice with fish. Just no.

4. He is not a role model either. After game 4 he thanked God for not getting swept and after game 5 he said he didn't intend to hurt Davis. Who can believe that? Check the images, check the vids and let me know if this is a model for young players that are learning about the game. What do you teach them, that you can travel (Lebron) and use your elbows whenever you want? Yes, very nice. Dwight, ever heard of the word hypocrisy?

5. Speaking about elbows. That's another coincidence in this year's playoffs: From "Lebron and the everhurting elbow" to "Dwight and the everhurting others elbow"...very original, Mr Stern. The two new blockbuster movies for this summer in the NBA school of the fake cinema

6. Dwight disrespects other players too. How can you steal Shaq's nickname, weren't you friends? Ah, sorry! I forgot it's very ethical to cheap shot your friends too (go and ask poor Baby Davis). Be original and grow up, Dwight...Superman? How about Superfake, Supergirl, or Superelbow? You will never be anything close to a hero until you prove you can win without help from the league. Accept it and deal with it. And I forgot: don't smile, it is disrespectful to everybody who wants to see true basketball. Until you actually win something stop smiling and play some clean basketball...do you know how to?

Let's face it, we are very good and we are about to defeat David Stern twice this playoffs. We beat the King that never was and now we are about to beat the Dirty Prince too. What I suggest is keeping on with our style and philosophy and though I would really like some revenge on Howard from Sheed or whomever, we should all follow Dwight's religious words and be ethical too. We will win without cheap shots, fake refs, low IQ commercial at halftime and without a smile on our faces until the end when we will all laugh at this poor and mediocre attempt to stop the true TEAMS of this league.

Go Celtics, let's beat them tomorrow!

Bohemian 5/27/2010 05:57:00 AM Edit
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  1. Jenda says:

    I like this. Very much. I was never against Howard, I denied the steroids use, I liked his defensive game.
    Not anymore. His game is sickening, except for the blocks maybe. His elbows are just extra awful and I'm really looking forward to the point he has KG's knee or something and I hope he has it soon because with his lack of basketball IQ whatsoever, lack of offensive skills other than dunks and of course his blocks and rebounds disappearing when he's not the dominant force he is going to watch 70 years old 400 lbs Shaq still playing his game and cry like the Little baby he is.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great, great write. Thank you!!

  3. rondo-is-love says:

    You know what a Magic fan's excuse was for Dwight?

    "He's unaware of his elbows."

    They have GOT to be kidding me. HE'S UNAWARE OF HIS ELBOWS?! Are they not attached to his body? Do they have a mind of their own? For someone who's been playing ball for I'm assuming a decade or longer (NBA since '04), I would think this !@#$^%!@%@&#%&^!@#%!@!# would know where his damn elbows are. I just wanna elbow him in the face myself now.

    KG better watch out because his knees are next.

  4. tb727 says:

    Good article Bohemian but I think calling Howard a "copy of Shaquille O'Neal" is a disservice to Shaq. Howard's not as big, nor dominating as Shaq. While his defensive game is probably better, he doesn't take up as much space and you definitely don't need to double team him. I don't think Howard will come anywhere near to Shaq for their careers as better overall player.

    Thinking back to recent years, I'd take the following centers in their prime over Howard in a heartbeat:

    1. Hakeem
    2. Shaq
    3. David Robinson
    4. Ewing
    5. Parish
    6. Seikaly
    7. Mourning
    8. Mutumbo
    9. Daugherty

    Ok well probably not number 6 but just wanted to see if you were paying attention lol

  5. sonya says:

    same page. i used to respect howard but im seeing him for the bitch he really is

  6. JR says:

    I think the whole Dwight elbows thing would stop if the NBA actually punished him for it. Players tend to keep on doing what they can get away with. Not sure why the league is allowing the wreck less behavior.

  7. Patti says:

    I completely agree, after Orlando made the finals last year, I cheered Howard on to beat LA...he is a completely different player this year and the true dirtiness has come out. His post-game interview was a joke, how did he keep a straight face while he said he hates to see guys go down...when he's the one causing the injuries? Simply because he is not looking directly at them doesn't mean it's not his DELIBERATE elbows!!! Inadvertant contact my ass!!! Let's go Celtics--we can do this!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Un $%^&*&! believable:

    • Celtics center Kendrick Perkins' technical foul with 36.1 seconds remaining in the first half has been rescinded.

    • Celtics forward Paul Pierce's foul with 8:12 remaining in the fourth quarter has been upgraded to a Flagrant Foul 1.

  9. Anonymous says:

    NBA is a joke!!!!!!!!

  10. Bohemian says:

    Thanks for the nice comments! :)

    I needed to write this, last night's game didn't let me sleep at all... hope we win tomorrow!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I didn't sleep well either.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Talking about flagrants, review the Deewight Howard abuse of Paul Pierce's arm when he was fouled by one the lesser players. He continued the hit on Pierce to include pulling down on his arm, intentionally if you watch his movements. Then think about what or why Paul was all over him later.

    BTW, if you can remember early on in the playoffs, David $tern was commenting on how great the NBA refs were. Maybe he should review the crews he has had representing "him". It is a shame.

  13. Bohemian says:

    It's time for Rasheed to show him some more tricks and be tough as in game 1. I wonder what he is thinking now: Do I hit that Supergirl that is killing my teammates or do I try to keep calm so as not to be suspended by the league and therefore hurt my team? I also wonder if some people would finally jump on the Sheed wagon if he hit Howard on the face...or if that would rather bring more haters among the Celtics fans. I personally think he should punish Howard today but with little tricks, little "invisible" elbows on the sides and something psychological that destroys that fake Superboy instead of something graphic. After all, if everything goes well we will need Sheed for a potential game 1 of the Finals

  14. Bohemian says:

    Check out this article, simply awesome:

    "Beat ’em to punch, Celtics
    Get physical, put Howard in place"


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