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The old, dominant Dwight is back

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07:32 AM ET 12.17 | Look out, NBA. Dwight Howard made all seven of his free throws in last week's victory over the Golden State Warriors, a landmark accomplishment for the Houston Rockets center, given his career-long struggles at the foul line. In the locker room after the game, Howard turned toward a trash basket and tossed in a crumpled piece of paper. "Eight for 8," he bellowed in front of his laughing teammates. Howard's big smile and silliness -- missing, at times, during his lone, lost season with the Los Angeles Lakers -- have returned. So, too, has his dominance. "He is in a good place and back to being a dominating center in the league," Rockets forward Chandler Parsons said. "Everyone on our team and in our city has embraced his personality and taken him in and love him being in Houston."

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December 17, 2013  08:07 AM ET

Meh...looks like the same player form last year with the lakers number wise...I dont carry about his budding standup comedy Knock-knock jokes career....

December 17, 2013  08:09 AM ET

That's $35,737.24 per free throw. God love you but seven points from the charity stripe (one time) does not a champion make.

Good for you though!

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December 17, 2013  08:21 AM ET

His problem is his ego. He doesn't take criticism well, and as such has never really progressed offensively. I think Howard's problem last year was his health and his head coach. Go figure he leaves dumbtoni and looks like a real nba center again.

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December 17, 2013  08:39 AM ET
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His problem is his ego. He doesn't take criticism well, and as such has never really progressed offensively. I think Howard's problem last year was his health and his head coach. Go figure he leaves dumbtoni and looks like a real nba center again.

Most superstars have ego problem. The Lakers just didn't care for him and never catered to him. I believe superstars would feel the same way if they were treated the way he was treated. Can you imagine if Kobe was the one that was freezed out. He would go ballistic. Dwight would have worked out in LA if Kobe actually made him feel at home and made use of him the right way... I know I'll get the usual answers from Kobe fans.

December 17, 2013  08:54 AM ET

Laughing Your Way To The Bank, Bro?

December 17, 2013  09:06 AM ET

Good for him....now only if he can stay happy long term.

December 17, 2013  10:06 AM ET

Hou can be dangerous if everyone is healthy, and if they can pull of a Asik for Millsap type trade.

December 17, 2013  10:50 AM ET

Oh please. He made seven whole free throws? Wow, that IS dominant. And nothing says dominance in the NBA like his childish antics and giggling at his own insipid jokes.

December 17, 2013  10:52 AM ET
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Laughing Your Way To The Bank, Bro?

Another winner...oh wait, no, this is moronic.

December 17, 2013  11:00 AM ET
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Agree.He's never going to be an offensively polished player.But they don't necessarily need that

Not at all...but they need a defensive dominate howard which I'm not sure he is that anymore.

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December 17, 2013  11:18 AM ET
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It's interesting to see how they continue to improve. So far he has had some impact on defense. The Rockets went from 16th to 10th in the defensive ranking. But I'm sure they are still a work in progress. What they get back for Asik should make it even more interesting.

Howard is not the problem on defense. He can't cover for everybody. I think Harden and Dwight got into an argument one time because Harden continues to allow his man to go to the basket. Those arguments are a good thing because it gets them to be on the same page.

December 17, 2013  12:06 PM ET

You big ol kid, We hate you in LA...Bruh!

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December 17, 2013  06:59 PM ET

Back to his old self - A big fish in a small pond.
It's sad when we consider a player who averages less than 20ppg and a less than 50% free throw percentage a superstar.
LA is better off not having the Dwight Howard Anchor.

 
December 17, 2013  08:34 PM ET

And in another year he'll be older. By the way, when did the "old" Howard ever hit free throws?

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