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Superman No Longer Jameer Nelson's Favorite Hero

In a reference to his former teammate Dwight Howard, the Orlando Magic point guard said his favorite superhero used to be Superman, but it isn't anymore.

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Jameer Nelson has had just about enough of the Man of Steel.

Nelson was asked who his favorite superhero is. "Well, it used to be Superman," the Orlando Magic point guard said, according to John Denton of "But not anymore."

Nelson's quip is a reference to, and perhaps a dig at, former teammate Dwight Howard, who earned the nickname Superman during the 2007/08 season for his muscular build; high-flying dunks; and the rising popularity of "Crank That (Soulja Boy)," a hip-hop song whose chorus references the DC Comics hero. Nelson even helped Howard don a Superman cape for one of Howard's jams during the 2008 Sprite Slam Dunk at All-Star Weekend. The nickname stuck, much to the chagrin of former Magic center Shaquille O'Neal, who has the Superman emblem tattooed on his right bicep.

But Howard and Nelson are no longer teammates as the Magic granted in August Howard's request to be dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers. The trade ended more than a year of speculation about Howard's future with the Magic, the ceaseless nature of which earned it the nickname Dwightmare.

"It was just one of those things from (Howard) that I never did understand and I guess some things just aren't meant for you to understand," Nelson said Thursday of the Dwightmare, according to Denton.

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