Steve Nash and Dwight Howard featured on cover of Sports Illustrated’s NBA Preview Issue

The new Los Angeles Lakers Center, Dwight Howard, makes his third appearance, and on the cover of the Oct. 29, 2012 issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. He last appeared on the cover as a member of the Orlando Magic on April 20, 2009. Senior writer Lee Jenkins takes an inside look at how the former Orlando Magic star went from a lovable man-child to one of the league’s most reviled players and asks the question: Who is Dwight Howard – merrymaker or shark?

With his 6’11” build and lovable man-child personality, there have been many comparisons to the former Lakers Center, Shaquille O’Neal, including alleged nickname copyright issues. Teammate to both centers, Lakers’ superstar Kobe Bryant says, “Shaq was a goofball, but Shaq was a big a–hole. And I was a little a—hole.” (page 63). Howard is now more dedicated to the dirty work and Bryant claims that “a goofball doesn’t make plays like that, you need to have a little of that dog in you. It’s there. It’s just a matter of digging deep and pulling it out” (page 62).


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