Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  77 responses

Video: Should Dwight Howard be Suspended?

by Marcel Mutoni

Orlando has Philly on the ropes, and with the series shifting back to the City of Brotherly Love for Game 6, the question on everyone’s mind is whether or not Dwight Howard will be in uniform.

Shockingly, Howard (who had a spectacular performance) was allowed to stay in the game last night following the elbow he threw at Samuel Dalembert’s head last night, but the League has little choice but to make a decision about his eligibility to play in the next game.

Take a look at the video evidence and make the call: Should Dwight be suspended?

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  • http://www.slamonline.com GotHandles?

    that’s gotta hurt

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy


  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    I don’t know, didn’t Garnett swing at a referee and not get suspended?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Izzo


  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    I don’t know.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne


  • vtrobot

    1 game. Sorry, Superman.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Suspend him, he should have been suspended in the game and his 24 and 24 performance never would have came and maybe the Sixers could have won going to Game 6 in their house.

  • pendejo

    Yes, one-game suspension.

  • AZ

    He clearly took a swing at him. suspension

  • Prison Mike

    I’d rather Howard be suspended for Game 7 instead of on the road in Game 6. I wish the opposing teams could pick which game the othe guy has to miss out.

  • http://yahoo Daanswer

    Yes. For a elbow to the head, deliberate, 2 games.

  • Pic

    He should be but he won’t.

  • Jacob

    damn! he should, sorry superman

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Oh please. Man up and keep playing. with the amount of holding/wrestling going on in the post/paint, this is nothing. At least supergoodie twoshoes is showing some nastiness. Good, he needs that edge

  • cdef28

    Should Howard get suspended? Maybe. Should Dalembert stop leaning on him? Yes.

  • cdef28

    Should Howard get suspended? Maybe. Should Dalembert stop leaning on him? Yes.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Should have been thrown out of that game, too. This series, to me, is raising questions about Howard’s game and character.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    When a guy is 250+ pounds of pure muscle, he can’t be allowed to hit anyone like that. Sammy could have gotten hurt, like Courtney Lee did.

  • http://www.slamonline.com blackjack

    He should definitely be suspended. If it was the other way around and Dalembert had elbowed him in the head, he would have been thrown out of the game immediately and probably suspended as well.

  • http://www.okayplayer.com doyouwantmore

    I think Jukai should be suspended. Dwight too. Nice to see some anger in his game but you gotta control that sH**

  • http://www.lamarcusaldridge.com/aldridge/index Dean Tharp

    nope. that sh*t happens all the time

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    yes, but wont happen.
    Reminincing of karl malone?

  • The Radness

    if Dwight gets suspended, Rondo has to sit one out too for his head shot that actually hit someone.

  • Edmond

    he should be.

  • noahtheboa

    yes, no, er maybe

  • http://www.slamonline.com GotHandles?

    Rondo should be fined and suspended for that foul on Miller. That was blatantly meant to cause harm.

  • riggs

    lmao wasnt people talking about dwight being too nice of a guy and not having a killer instinct? so when he follows that OMG KICK HIM OUT OF THE GAME…bunch of flip floppers on here.

  • riggs

    @GothandlesL: yeah since he was looking at the ball the whole time while trying to swat it he definately was trying to harm miller /sarcasm

  • German Reignman

    yes, one game …

    Rondo also one game

  • http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    riggs you have screwy logic

  • D12FSU


  • Fat Lever

    Hey Riggs, there’s difference between playing mean/being aggressive and deliberately throwing an elbow to the head of an unsuspecting player. The rule in the rulebook says something to the effect that an elbow throw to an opposing player above the shoulders that lands instantly warrants a suspension.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    is it tasteless if i’m listening to Luda’s “throw dem bows”?

  • http://slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/fear/ Fred34

    Oooooh I didn’t know he had that much gangsta in him! Hell yeah he’s out one game – way to stick up for yasself DHow. Maybe Sam deserves that all star spot after all if he can get into churchboys head that bad…

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long


  • rainman10

    Howard is my favorite player, and I don’t care if he gets suspended. I’m glad he did that. It wasnt too hard or too dirty, but maybe he’s finally starting to get to the point in his career where he needs to start sending messages. We have seen Shaq do those things his whole career, Malone was mentioned and we all know what Barkley was capable of.

  • http://apeachbasketandadream.wordpress.com Peach B.

    Yes, specially with the way the NBA is doling out punishment to coaches.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Yes, suspend Howard. That was a cheap shot, simple and plain.
    But of course, they won’t. He’s a superstar, remember?
    Rondo won’t get suspended either, but he should be.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Yes, but with a caveat: in another replay I saw last night, Samuel looked like he had Dwight’s in an arm lock and then twisted, like somebody trying to break an arm would do. and it was on the elbow with the brace. So, I’m thinking Dwight’s reaction was somewhat a message to Dalembert.

  • Cizzo

    Most definately I’ve seen players in the NBA get in way more trouble than that for way less of an infraction!!!! By the way I think D.Howard is a superb player but it was no reason to react to random pusical play like that. As a matter of fact he will not suit up in the next game!!!!

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Rainman: wasn’t TOO DIRTY? Dude downright sucker punched Sam. That’s p*ssy stuff right there. Fight like a man.

  • Biz

    yes and it’s pretty clear

  • Dave, Santa Barbara

    Until there’s a penalty box in basketball, suspensions will have to do. The refs should have been all over this and Rondo’s foul.

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    That’s wasn’t too bad. I say no. It was stupid, and he ran off after he did it, but he shouldn’t get suspended a game. He should have been given a technical and been thrown out of that one. But no suspension.

  • RM


  • Luke

    No,its the playoffs,man up!

    From a Magic fan who was there last night haha.But seriously,these guys are men,play the damn game.

  • T-man


  • no id

    Howard is a superstar so if it was Samuel he would have been given a tech, thrown out the game, suspended, fine, etc..So if he’s not suspended this will further make people believe it’s all politics when it comes to David Stern and the NBA.

  • Tavoris

    no id…David Sterns wants Kobe vs Lebron anyway, so he very well may get suspended.

  • JoeMaMa

    The NBA: where high flying stars, game fixing refs, and Stern’s puppets get together to sh*t on basketball.
    I’d rather watch college….less talent, more respect for the game.

  • Ganchan776

    When it comes to suspensions the NBA is more consistent than any other league. Dwight will be suspended regardless of superstar status just like Amare for coming off the bench during the Spurs series. So anyone who thinks he won’t be suspended b/c of his superstar status is wrong.

  • http://jakeandamir.com tealish

    This should warrant 2 games, but they’ll only give him one. Rondo’s should have gotten a game or two, but he won’t get any.

  • the big ticket

    ok dwight was in game and different out one game…bout the rondo one there was bout 6 seconds left and he was fouling hard to prevent an easiy lay up to tie the game and the blood made it look worse… he woulda air balled the layup anyway

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Dwight’s such a thug.

  • Chris

    I believe the one who punches first gets whatever degree of attack that comes back, sure, this is a game, but there was some brutal shoving going on by Philly……and if you tangled most players up that way and they didn’t get the call they are going to react…….remember “hack-a-shaq”…same thing is happening most every game to Howard….and if he really wanted to hurt him it would have been a later elbow to the face which he could have made look like an accident…….Philly knows they have no shot of winning this series if Howard remains in, and to you Philly fans, if you were even lucky enough to pull this off you would be swept in the next round, do you really think you have hopes of making the championship??? Quit kidding yourselves, lucky the Magic have been letting you get this far. Go eat cheesesteak and call it a series, maybe in a few decades you will be ready to make your run?

  • Josh D


  • Erik

    Nah, looks bad. But wasnt, he was just swinging his arms back into place to run forward. Dwight gets grab, pushed, late hits after the whistle an never retaliates.

  • http://www.sprint.com/sero dma

    well its official. 1 game no pay.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Official, indeed. New Wire post about it.

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  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Yeah he is out. play wit it.

  • sam

    yeah i guess so….if sammy dalembert did that to d howard there wouldnt even be a debate…i wonder if theyd suspend kobe or lebron if they did that

  • Samcobillibob

    NO WAY should he be suspended. Dalembert kept pushing him even after the ball went through the hoop. It should have been left at a double technical.

  • adbphilly

    lets go philly. time to get one at the wachovia center and then lets stick it to em on saturday.

  • that dude

    @Erik “he was just swinging his arms back into place to run forward”

    Hahaha you should be a politician.

    If this happened off the court Howard would be facing charges. Completely malicious. Suspend him.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Yeah that was bad man. I’m surprised it’s just one game really… the hold over is that I would NEVER have expected this from a preachers son…

  • http://mc-datkid.blogspot.com Who’s Dat Kid?

    if that didn’t deserve a suspension then I might have to boycott the NBA

  • Bxn

    Yes. What a cheap shot!

  • chazz michael michaels

    i dun thing superman is now da pooperman he a doody face wud did sam d do? i didnt think anyone could touch superman except kryptonite obviously wrong man our superhero is the superzero lets all go chant fo greg oden ya feel me cuz i got 4 bucks n a milk shake hahahaah

  • larrylegend

    you see dennis rodman and karl malone smiling somewhere…

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    Yes, his elbow could knock you out or make you loose your teeth.

  • Rudeger

    D12′s my boy, but if that elbow would have been a bit more to the right, Sammy D’s funeral would be in planning mode.

  • bolletrie

    yep, just for the stupidity of doing it right in front of the refs.

  • youngmuggsy

    Hasn’t Garnett been doing this sort of thing his whole career?

  • http://dwighthowerd.com white momba

    super man is my second favorite player inthe nba i do not think he should be suspended.

  • http://dwighthowerd.com white momba

    super man is my second favorite player inthe nba i do not think he should be suspended.