Lakers officially sign Dwight Howard, reuniting with the well-traveled center

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers The Lakers have officially signed Dwight Howard, starting a second chapter with the talented big man while hoping it goes better than the first.After the Lakers’ intentions to sign the 33-year-old, eight-time All-Star became known on Friday, Howard was bought out of his contract with the Memphis Grizzlies and cleared waivers. Howard’s $2.6 million veteran’s minimum deal is non-guaranteed, and ESPN reported that Howard won’t be paid any of it until the regular season begins in October.Howard’s addition boosts the depth in the frontcourt for the Lakers, who are expecting to play without DeMarcus Cousins (torn left ACL) for most, if not all, of next season. While Howard played a career-low nine games last season due to back surgery, he’s shown himself to be productive when healthy. Playing 81 games as a starter in Charlotte during the 2017-18 season, he averaged 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots per game. The Lakers reportedly worked out Howard last week with other well-known veteran big men Joakim Noah and Marreese Speights.Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHoward, who reportedly will wear jersey No. 39 this season, is on the back end of a career as one of the most productive big men in NBA history. He ranks 14th all-time in career rebounds (13,184) and fourth in shooting percentage (58.3 percent). Howard has finished in the top five in rebounding in 12 of his 15 NBA seasons, leading the league five times. But to date, his numbers are accompanied by an uncompelling postseason legacy: He’s only been to the NBA Finals once, falling to the Lakers in 2009.Howard appears set to play a supporting role for the first time in his career, behind presumed starting center JaVale McGee. He’s only come off the bench once in 1,044 games. But there’s well-known baggage that has traditionally accompanied Howard, which the Lakers experienced in his previous season for them in 2012-13. While he was still an All-Star and even led the league in rebounds, the Lakers ended the year in a first-round playoff sweep – far earlier than they hoped when they traded for Howard that summer. Howard then unceremoniously departed in free agency a few months later, and the Lakers haven’t made the playoffs since. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Dallas Texas – Reported by Elite Traveler the Pr

first_imgDallas, Texas – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineWhile Cowboys Stadium may have failed to break the Super Bowl attendance record, Million Air Dallas succeeded in a record number of flight arrivals and departures throughout the course of the weekend – Thursday, February 3 -Monday, February 7.Record numbers of 195 arrivals and 106,000 total gallons of fuel pumped were partly a result of bizarre winter storms that dumped snow on the ill-equipped city, causing both Dallas Love Field and Dallas/Fort Worth Airports to shut down completely on Friday morning. Airline cancellations topped 20,000. The alternate airport of choice quickly became Addison Airport (ADS), home of Million Air Dallas, a mere eight miles to the north.Thanks to the support of its sister locations, Million Air Dallas was equipped for the winter storm conditions and record traffic. Million Air Salt Lake provided a much-needed de-ice truck, which was a primary reason why aircraft chose to fly into ADS. Employee volunteers traveled from Houston, San Antonio and Salt Lake City to service the influx of customers.Pilots who awaited their passengers were treated to a party of their own on Sunday night. Million Air Dallas enhanced its upstairs lounge with additional couches and big screen televisions donated by Rent-A-Center, and offered a catered meal from Cantino Laredo, sponsored by AVFUEL.Million Air Dallas also set up an official NFL store where arriving and departing passengers conveniently purchased souvenir Super Bowl items.www.millionair.comlast_img read more