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1) Tonight is Orlando's Super Bowl, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes, as fans are expected to roundly boo and let out pent-up frustration for the return of Dwight Howard. Magic fans have been readying for this day all year. Is Howard ready?
2) Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles writes (correctly, probably), Dwight Howard is sorting through a lot and really is a 27-year-old finding himself.
3) Dwight Howard struck a conciliatory tone after shootaround today saying he has nothing but love for the fans of Orlando but he is in a better place now (h/t Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel). Howard is thinking more about the good times in his return, Kyle Hightower of the Associated Press writes.
4) MagicBasketball.net discusses Dwight Howard's return including the question of who will be better in three years.
5) Once close friends, Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson have not talked since Howard was traded, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com writes.
6) The Magic's reaction to Dwight Howard is certainly a case of selective memory as this breakup reaches a bitter conclusion, Shaun Powell of Sports on Earth writes.
7) Jameer Nelson is expecting a Playoff atmosphere for tonight's game with Dwight Howard making his return, he tells Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.
8) Ken Hornack of Fox Sports Florida analyzes the Magic post-Shaq (Rony Seikaly) and Post-Dwight (Nikola Vucevic).
9) How will Dwight Howard's return compare to other former Magic players in their returns? Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post examines.