IN THE NEWS
Florida Today -- "Howard, who shot a dismal 45.5 percent from the free throw line in the playoffs last April, made 13 of 16 free throws Wednesday. Howard worked hard this summer with shooting coach Charles Richardson and it seems to be paying off
Washington Post -"Jeremiah Rivers (Doc Rivers son) worked hard over the summer with shooting coach Charles Richardson to improve his shot. He has made 7 of 11 three points shots this season, the top percentage (.636) on the team compared to last season just .235 beyond the arc (4 of 17). http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/14/AR2007121402089.html
Florida Today -"Howard has gone away from face-up jumper that he worked on last summer with local shooting coach Charles Richardson."
Sports Illustrated - "Last summer Howard worked two hours a day, five days a week with freelance shooting coach Charles Richardson, trying to extend his range to the college three-point line."
Orlando Sentinel -"That was a good sight for Magic fans who may have tuned in to the ESPN broadcast this morning to see if Howard's offseason work with noted free-throw guru Charles Richardson is paying off. Howard made only 58.6 percent of his free throws last season, with teams often resorting to fouling the 6-foot-11 power forward late in the game."
USA TODAY -"Two weeks after his Magic were swept out of the playoffs last spring, Howard was back in the gym working with Orlando-based shooting coach Charles Richardson to add weapons to his offensive arsenal that should help him explode on the court."
Orlando Sentinel -"Howard Gets A Lot of Help With Shot from Charles Richardson. The unsung hero in his development will be Charles Richardson. Richardson a former deadeye shooter at Liberty University, was hired by the Magic to work with Howard from May to August"
ESPN: Chad Ford - "Dwight worked really hard this summer with a shooting coach on his free throws and mid range jumper and looked really good in the opening game."
Sports Illustrated: Early last season (when he was working with Richardson) it looked as if Howard had improved his jump shot, but then he went back to being more of a 10-foot-and-in guy. Until he proves he can kill you with it, teams are going to give him the 15-footer ."
Sports Illustrated-"Dwight Howard's newfound shooting touch. Howard knocked down several jumpers. Howard worked with a shooting coach over the summer, and the results seem to have taken hold"
USA Today -"Two weeks after his Magic were swept out of the playoffs last spring, Howard was back in the gym working with Orlando-based shooting coach Charles Richardson to add weapons to his offensive arsenal that should help him explode on the court."
USA Today- "The best news of all may be that he hit all three of his free throws, while going 5-of-10 from the field. There's been a lot of recent chatter about his improved shooting touch and he may be on the verge of hitting his free throws this season."
USA Today - "Dwight Howard has only played in one preseason-game, but his improved shooting, both from the field and free throw line, is the talk of the league so far. He worked extensively with shooting coach Charles Richardson."
ESPN - Howard gets the edge thanks to improved shooting and better shooters around him. He is ready for a monster season and the ultra-exclusive 20-and-12 club
MVN.com -"With Richardson’s help, Howard has regained, if not improved, his shooting form. Even more impressive is his progress on the foul line. One time in the offseason, Howard connected on 60 straight foul shots and during the FIBA Championships he made 16 out of his last 19 FTs". /
Rotoworld - "Dwight Howard has only played in one preseason-game, but his improved shooting, both from the field and free throw line, is the talk of the league so far. He worked extensively with shooting coach Charles Richardson and has hit as many as 60 straight freebies in practice."
MVN.com - "Dwight busted his butt in all the off-season and it has shown in the pre-season"
NewsJournalonline.com - Showing more shooting range than he did at any point during his first three years with the Magic, Howard nailed three bank shots -- all from nearly 15 feet out -- and hit his first four free throws for the Magic in a 94-93 loss to the Atlanta Hawks at Amway Arena
Atlanta Hawks Head Coach Mike Woodson
It was a competitive game. We’re going to have to see this team three or four more times before the season starts and we’re going to have to figure out how to deal with (Dwight) Howard. He’s gotten much better as a player over the summer. He’s making free throws and he’s got that little face-up jump shot that he’s making that we didn’t see last year, so we’ll have to figure him out.
Associated Press - The Hawks couldn't solve Howard's size or newfound range, but he sat most of the fourth quarter. The 6-foot-11 All-Star worked all offseason on extending his offensive game, and it seemed to pay off. Howard made a handful of mid-range jumpers and even shot 4-of-6 from the free throw line.
Orlando Sentinel - "Howard's work with a shooting coach this summer looks to be taking. He dazzled the Hawks with a variety of shots outside his usual point-blank range "
Florida Today - "But maybe the biggest -- and, ultimately, the most important -- change of all was the work that franchise center Dwight Howard did reconstructing his offensive arsenal. A physical freak who often relied solely on dunks and put-back shots last season, Howard hired a shooting coach over the summer to help him add a mid-range jumper and better his woeful free-throw shooting."
The Lakeland Ledger - "Howard, who led the NBA in dunks last season, will also be encouraged to take a jump shot when the opportunity arises. "They have confidence in my shooting,'' Howard said. "I've been working on my shot all summer. It'll be good to have a chance to use it.''
Orlando Sentinel -"At 6 feet-11, 270 pounds, weight-room strong with an uncanny leaping ability, Howard likely will remain a power player even though versatile Kevin Garnett was his boyhood idol. But Howard has been working on shooting this season, at the free-throw line and away from it, having hired a shooting coach."
Orlandomagic.com: "Dwight's free throw stroke looks much improved and he also buried an 18 foot jump shot from the top of the key."
Florida Today -"Howard attacked improving his game in the offseason working most of the summer with a shooting coach to improve his free throw shooting and his ability to hit short jumpers when defenders sag back on him"
Florida Today - "Howard worked with a shooting coach throughout the summer, hoping to add a mid-range jump shot to his arsenal and correct his free-throw form. (He did make 30 of 45 tries for Team USA this summer). If he can make the short bank shot, a la Tim Duncan, it could make him practically unstoppable down low. And that, in turn, could make the Magic a dominant force in the Eastern Conference.