Thursday, April 30, 2009
Dwight Howard Keeps Fans Engaged with Blog, Youtube & Twitter
One of the prolific players in the NBA knows how to put on a great show, whether he's soaring above the rim to win the slam dunk contest or joking around with friends and teammates off the court. Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard lets his fans follow him along for the journey through his personal blog at dwighthoward.com
Earlier today, Howard posted an update on his Twitter page, asking fans to send him some more ideas to DwightHowardsChannel, (his Youtube channel). His videos range from promo spots to pranks on NBA rookies like Derrick Rose.
Howard's online habits may reinforce his reputation as a care-free and fun-loving player who has yet to develop the killer instinct necessary to win an NBA Title, but it's easy to forget that he's only 23 years old.
In today's entry, Howard wrote about the frustrations inherent with a suspension, and laid out his plans to watch the Magics vs. Sixers game with friends and family from a nearby hotel.
Well, I’m out of Game 6 tonight in Philly and there’s nothing I can do now but respect the NBA’s decision. I didn’t intend to hurt anyone, but there is a lot more pushing, grabbing and holding and elbowing that goes on down there in the paint than people realize.It’s going to kill me tonight to not be able to be out there with my teammates for a big game like this. But I have complete faith in them that they can come out and get the job done without me....I’ll learn from this incident and be a better player because of it. I know that the Philly big men are trying to get into my head and make me do something stupid. I just have to keep my cool and play through it. I’ll learn from this.
Howard's blog directs fans to his Twitter account and Facebook page. His frequent updates may be viewed by some coaches and players as a waste of time, but for the fans, it offers a personal glimpse into the life of one of the most talented centers in the NBA.
Howard refrained from directly criticizing any of the officials, and I'm sure that's due to the fact that he wanted to avoid one of those hefty fines that Mark Cuban has become accustomed to paying on a regular basis.
By Matt O'Hern at 06:04 PM | Comments (1)