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Three-time Defensive Player of the Year and eight-time All-Star Dwight Howard was hospitalized Sunday evening, following a ten-day trip to China to promote his new sneakers. After three seasons with the Houston Rockets, Howard signed with his hometown Atlanta Hawks this offseason, and should be a focal point for a team that moved on from both Al Horford and Jeff Teague this summer. Howard was reportedly hospitalized for dehydration, and released from the hospital Monday morning.
Speaking of Howard and the Rockets, one of the main reasons that Houston and the rim-protecting specialist broke up a couple of months ago was the emergence of Clint Capela, who’s primed for a breakout season entering the third year of his career. Capela was impressively efficient on both ends of the floor with Howard sidelined with various injuries over the past couple of seasons, and now that he’s promised a starting role, Chris Reichert looks at what we can expect from the freakishly athletic big man next season.
From realizing potential to disappointingly failing to meet expectations, Oklahoma City Thunder big man Mitch McGary has reportedly been suspended for a second time this offseason, for failing to comply with the league’s anti-substance policy. The Thunder selected McGary with the 21st overall pick in the 2014 draft, which the former Michigan forward entered after he found out a failed drug test would cost him the entire 2014-15 NCAA season. It’s unclear how the Thunder will move forward with the troubled big, but in an offseason where the team went through drastic changes, it has to be disappointing to be at this stage with a young player they’ve invested in.
When it comes to losing in the NBA, few organizations have been as prominent as the Sacramento Kings, who haven’t sniffed the playoffs since 2006. As we get ready for NBA preview season, Real G.M. took a look at why the Kings have struggled so mightily the last few seasons, specifically profiling owner Vivek Ranadive and his accomplishments away from basketball.
One of Ranadive’s biggest blunders was hiring/firing George Karl, who lasted a little more than a year in Sac-town. While it seems probable that Karl will be out of a coaching job this upcoming season, his son, Coby, will be manning the sidelines for the Los Angeles Lakers’ D-League team, getting his first head coaching gig in the NBA universe. The 33-year old Karl played briefly in the NBA with the Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Golden State Warriors, and got his first coaching experience as an assistant for the Westchester Knicks last season.