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Dwight Howard has left the building!

After the past year of will he stay or will he go, Dwight Howard has officially left the building….while most are glad to see him leave, I am not.

Dwight brought credibility to the “City Beautiful”, and with his loss, the entire city is back to being tagged as a non sports town. Sure we have the Orlando City soccer team (minor league), and the Solar Bears Ice Hockey team starting up, but what else is there? The Predators indoor football…..puhleeze….? (You can surely hear my bellowing as I laugh so hard I almost pass out)…
 Sure, a lot of prominent athletes come from here, but the tiny city of Clermont has more pro athletes training there (NTC) than in all of Orange county now. 
I am not afraid to say that the same owner that built up the Magic has on the surface, successfully torn it apart. Sure, you own the team and can do as you wish, but for the love of God, think about others and how they have supported you and backed you for so long…….selfishness is an ugly beast….and you will see when you realize that the ticket sales are slipping and that new arena you built is only going to survive on concerts that tour the area.
To let Dwight go is like giving up on the dream you have been holding onto of for so long….this was handled in as bad a way as could have been handled…….the MAGIC did not try……if I worked for you I would quit as well….hell, I couldn’t leave soon enough, no matter how much green was thrown my way….
I first realized there was an issue when I was invited by Dwights team to go and tour Haiti after the enormous earthquake that rocked that poor island.  The entire trip was to be taken by myself, Dwight, Shiyana, Adonal Foyle, Rodney the bodyguard and Kevin, Dwights manager…. This trip was NOT supported in any way by the NBA or the Magic themselves…in fact, I believe that they were actually against it…..this may not be true, but my gut tells me so, and I believe myself over ANYONE else!
Regardless, Dwight went to Haiti and witnessed the devastation first hand, even into Cite Solei, one of the 5 most dangerous places in the world…and what did he do you ask….well, he smiled and hugged every kid and played ball for 3 hours at a time…on top of donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to the school for salaries, backpacks, food and shelter…..           but you never even heard a peep about this trip did you? Nope, nobody knew…….guess what, when we tried to leave the island, American Airlines cancelled our flight, so we spent the entire night in the airport, with the rats….Dwight bought thousands of dollars worth of food for everyone that was stuck, the volunteers and mission workers included, and he even signed autographs and posed for photos…all evening….
Its the little things that go unnoticed or unreported that makes a man who he is…and Dwight has far surpassed these measures………..dont think the city and the little ones that he has helped support all these years won’t miss him……..I just hope the Magic will fill the gaps that these large footprints have left….?
Good luck Dwight, you held on as long as you could here, and nobody blames you for going to L.A……at least they shouldn’t if they one day think honestly about the situation..
I’m proud to know you!

Magic dominate Clippers

The Orlando Magic had a pretty good night against Blake Griffin and the LA Clippers last night. Dwight was suppose to wear goggles to protect his scratched eyeball but he decided that he couldn’t see through them very well and played on without them.

The new arena is a bit more difficult to shoot in than the old Amway arena. The crowd sits back more from the floor and there are some lighting fixtures that cause massive flares when you are shooting wide. It will take a while to get use to them I suppose.
Anyway, lets hope the Magic can get back on track and make another successful run at the playoffs……off to shoot the UCF Knights Mens basketball team tonite…..putting in my earplugs as I type.

UCF Ranked at #24

The University of Central Florida Knights mens basketball team is ranked for the first time ever at #24. This is due to their undefeated season thus far, where they currently sit with a 11-0 record.

No doubt first year Head Coach Donnie Jones has things rolling in the right direction, with HUGE victories against both Florida and Miami.
Marcus Jordan, A.J. Rompza and Keith Clanton are the early team leaders, lets hope they stay in the rankings for the rest of the season and give UCF all the press that they deserve…like this photo of mine that was posted on ESPN!

UCF Basketball

This UCF Knights started their season off right against the visiting team from West Florida, by winning 115-61. Marcus Jordan scored a career high 24 points and the defense hustled and impressed first year coach Donnie Jones.

The cool thing about these first three games is that they are played on the same night as the Orlando Magic games, so there are only about 3 photographers on the court to capture the action.
Lets see how tonights “Blackout” game goes against the visiting USF Bulls, the cross State rival of the Knights.

UCF Media Day/Basketball

Had the unique pleasure of shooting the University of Central Florida Knight mens and womens basketball teams this afternoon for their yearly media day event. Everyone from the players to the directors and media reps were really cool and the event went off without a hitch. I used the same lighting scheme that I used for the Orlando Magic media day but had more time with each of the players which was very nice. All in all I am pretty pleased with the images and will have a week or so before I need to finish them.

The two players featured in this shot are Marcus Jordan (5) and his brother Jeff (13). Yes, they are the sons of NBA legend Michael Jordan. Marcus will play this season while Jeff has to wait until next year due to NCAA rules on player transfers. I can’t wait for this season to begin!

Orlando Magic media day

Okay, so I finally remembered my password to this blog account. Lets see how often I make it back to this page. Anywho….here is a quick pic I shot at the Orlando Magic media day event last week. Dwight Howard and my first day with the new Orbis ringflash. More coming up on this shoot in the near future, as well as some shots from my time in Haiti with the Dwight Howard Fund….