Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports (via blog):
Dwight Howard acknowledged Monday that he might not play for Team USA in the FIBA World Championship late this summer in Turkey.
“I haven’t decided what I’m going to do,” Howard said after the Orlando Magic completed their exit day at RDV Sportsplex.
Howard initially had made a public commitment to playing in the tournament, but his thoughts appear to have changed.
The Orlando Sentinel reported on April 26 that Howard might forego the tournament, which will be held Aug. 28 to Sept. 12.
Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News reports:
Kobe Bryant should be motivated more than any Laker in the series that tips off Thursday in L.A., since he missed 15 of 22 shots in that Game 6. From then until the Lakers defeated Orlando last June, Bryant heard that he could not carry a team to a title without Shaquille O’Neal.
“The Celtics challenged us two years ago,” Bryant said. “Now it’s a test to see how much we’ve grown.”
But this is a much different Laker team. To counter the Celtics’ frontcourt size, they’ll need center Andrew Bynum, who has been slowed by a knee injury and did not play in the playoffs in ‘08.