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Rashard Lewis

March 17, 2008
March 17, 2008

Table of Contents
March 17, 2008

SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
STEROIDS IN AMERICA: PART 1
STEROIDS IN AMERICA: PART 2
STEROIDS IN AMERICA: PART 3
PRO BASKETBALL
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
PRO FOOTBALL
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Rashard Lewis

As told to Chris Mannix

MAGIC FORWARD

This is an article from the March 17, 2008 issue

On leaving Seattle, where he played his first nine years
It was time to move. They were starting over, and I want to be in the playoffs. There was always change in that organization, and I didn't want to be a part of it.

On his game in Orlando, where he averages 18.5 points
It was an adjustment. In Seattle, I was getting 18, 20 shots a night. Now it's 10 to 15. I used to be a post player, but here, with Dwight [Howard], I'm more of a one-on-one player.

On Howard's soaring All-Star contest dunk in a Superman outfit
We watched him work on it after practice, and the hardest part was getting the [alley-oop] right. None of us had any idea about the suit and cape, though. When he pulled his jersey off and had that on, I almost fell off my couch. That guy's crazy.

On being regarded as overpaid for his six-year, $118.5 million contract
It makes people say negative things, but it doesn't bother me. I know the pressure's on.

On his name
My mother [Juanita Goodman, a nurse] named me after Ahmad Rashad, the wide receiver. She thought he was so smooth, and she loved the name. Then she gave me the extra r for a little flavor. For my middle name she picked Quovon. I don't know where that came from.

"I read all the negative articles about my contract. I know the pressure is on me to score every night."
PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY GARY BOGDON