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Is Dwight Howard The Next To Leave His Team High And Dry?

Submitted by on February 26, 2011 – 1:54 pm12 Comments

Over the course of this NBA season, we’ve seen all types of trades and free-agent signings, even retirements. Some of these events, like Carmelo Anthony‘s trip to NYC were expected, while other events were complete surprises, such as the Boston Celtics trading Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City. With all of these moves going on, it’s been a bit hard to even pay attention to those who are free agents.

Dwight Howard, former slam-dunk champion and current standout center for the Orlando Magic (not to mention the face of the franchise) is one of the latest players who probably won’t be sticking around much longer. The usually jovial and sometime silly Howard has been anything but lately, barking at teammates and seeming confused and frustrated in post-game interviews, especially after an embarrassing loss to the Sacramento Kings.

“If guys don’t want to play, they’ve got to sit down. We just can’t have guys or anybody out there not playing hard.”

He ended the interview with the following.

“We’ve been talking for a long time. That’s all we seem to do is talk.”

Naive basketball fans might simply chalk this up to a bad or frustrating loss. However, it’s so much more. With its endless string of shooters and a strong big man down low, the Orlando Magic have looked good on paper for years. However, year after year, they seem to be getting further and further away from the promised land of the NBA Finals. After all of the trades they made (which seemed poised to pan out well, at first), the Magic hoped to be rejuvenated and ready to take on teams likes the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat. However, even though they won their next game following Howard’s tirades, all the Magic seem ready to do at this point is order tickets to the finals or invite their friends over to watch.

With Carmelo, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and countless others making moves to try to ensure a ring this year, how long can Orlando hope to hold on to their star when he isn’t happy and his team isn’t a viable championship contender?

Check out Dwight’s entire post-game interview below.

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