The Dwightmare is over. The storm has passed between the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, and Denver Nuggets. Now “Superman” is currently in his new home  state of California where he recently purchased a $20 million dollar mansion.

Fans haven’t forgotten that during the whole ordeal that Howard is nursing a bad back. His herniated disk surgery was done in April and it looks as if his recovery will spill over into the season.

The Lakers are preparing to be without Howard at the start of the year, but rumors still swirl that he will be available. Only time will tell for Howard and the Lakeshow.

Over the last few days, UCLA is where DH12 has been spotted rehabbing and working to get back to the court. As always, Howard stopped for fans and took a quick photo. These were not only Laker fans, but the cheerleaders of UCLA’s athletic programs.

The photo is seen below:

Projected Starters: PG- Brandon Knight, SG- Rodney Stuckey, SF- Tayshaun Prince, PF- Andre Drummond, C- Greg Monroe

Key Reserves: Corey Maggette,  Will Bynum, Charlie Villanueva, Jonas Jerebko, Austin Daye.

Projected Finish: 38-44

The Detroit Pistons are far from the Bad Boys led by Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars. Their squad is now laced with youth, inexperience, and an NBA champion in Tayshaun Prince who has remained loyal to his franchise when he could be in a better situation competitively. Defensively, the Pistons only allowed 95.7, good for 14th in the league. The effort is evident and Lawrence Franks has his team buying in on that end.

The Pistons came up next to last in the NBA’s Central Division, and they had a tough on the offensive end last season. Sitting at just 27th in points per game, the roster isn’t rounded out with any scorers.

The Pistons did take a step towards getting perimeter help, as they traded Ben Gordon for Corey Maggette. The veteran swingman will hopefully bring shooting and slashing to a young Pistons team. His other backcourt mates include combo guard Rodney Stuckey who has potential.

Stuckey played in 55 of the Pistons’ 66 games last season notching 14.8 points and 3.8 assists per game on 42% shooting. Word around the league is that Stuckey has been putting in major work during this off-season. Brandon Knight is the future of this Detroit franchise. After his first season, Knight impressed and started 60 of 66 games garnishing plenty of NBA experience.

His 12 points per game and three assists will only grow with time. I expect a big season from Knight. Will Bynum will serve as the backup point guard.

The frontcourt was definitely bolstered during this year’s NBA Draft.  Greg Monroe looks to be the cornerstone big man for a franchise that needs it. His versatility at the center position is rare in a league lacking dominance at that position. Monroe put up 15.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game. He is also outstanding defensively.

 

Veteran small forward Tayshaun Prince brings a lot of veteran leadership to the table for Detroit. His defensive intangibles and playoff experience will hopefully rub off on his counterparts. Jonas Jerebko and Austin Daye add more depth to the small forward spot.

Former Connecticut Huskies Andre Drummond was an enigma last season for Jim Calhoun. He has shown flashes of potential, but he must gain consistency and aggressiveness to become the prospect we all seen during his prep days. Paired with Greg Monroe, I think the sky is the limit for Drummond.

Joe Dumars, Pistons President of Basketball Operations, is hoping the franchise adopts a winning mentality as each of his young stars develop. The Pistons should take a leap of improvement with each player putting in work and gaining cohesion. Detroit will look good this year, but the Eastern Conference will not be shaken too much.

 

Still on his post-Olympic partying binge, James Harden has been spotted again living it up!

This time the OKC Thunder sixth man was front-row and center at Sue’s, an exotic dancing club in New York City. The photos are from one of his ventures sometime last week.

Hopefully Harden finds time to get his game back that he lost right before the 2012 NBA Finals.

Below are photos of his recent activity in the club (credits to the NBA Mistress):

NBA Stars See The Lakers As The Best On Paper.

Miami Heat all-star power forward Chris Bosh made headlines this weekend, after sharing his thoughts on all the moves that his possible championship opponent in the Los Angeles Lakers made. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel caught up with him and he had this to say:

“The Lakers, I think, right now, I mean on paper, they probably have the best team in the West and probably the league right now,” Bosh said. “On paper. I’m saying on paper. But it’s a lot, a lot, it’s a long season. And the best team always isn’t the one who starts out the season as the best team.”

Of course Bosh knows all about “super-teams” that take time to mesh and get chemistry. The Miami Heat went through rough stretches of losses and issues before making back-to-back NBA Finals runs.

Even Kevin Durant shared the same sentiment.

“People outside, fans, media, of course they are going to say (the Lakers are the favorites) because on paper they have the best lineup in the league,” Durant told Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports. “But you still got to play the games. We respect everybody. We are going to go through the league respecting everybody as well. We already view ourselves as an elite team, but we have to prove it again. Last year is over with.”

The road still will go through the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat if the Lakers want to win the title. The defending conference champions on both sides, east and west, have all brought back in there core and added key pieces.

The Thunder added to a talented frontline with Hasheem Thabeet and rookie Perry Jones III.

Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis both add shooting to compliment the amazing slashing ability of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

All in all, this is going to be a fun year and as an NBA fan, I want to get this season started RIGHT NOW!HT NOW!

James Harden Goes “Rick Ross”.

Fresh off of a gold medal victory and a trip to the NBA Finals, the OKC Thunder’s James Harden has made his way back to the United States and is surely living the good life!

Below is a photo of Harden at an all-white yacht party where other NBA players J.R. Smith, Eric Maynor, Kevin Durant, John Wall, and Austin Daye also attended.

Harden is seen living that Boss’s life, enjoying some spirits right out of the bottle, and surrounded by beautiful women.