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2) Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel suggests five things Dwight Howard can do to be the 2012 MVP.
3) Derrick Rose and the Bulls are confident Tom Thibodeau will have them ready to compete as a favorite in the Eastern Conference, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune writes.
4) Amway Center has provided a small boost to the struggling Church Street area in downtown Orlando. However, as Sandra Pedicini of the Orlando Sentinel reports, recently-opened restaurants and bars in Church Street are worried what will happen to their businesses once the season ends. When there is no event at the Amway Center, Church Street is still struggling.
5) Dwight Howard tells Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel he plans on speeding up his free throw routine after getting called for his third 10-second free throw violation Wednesday.