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Dwight Howard Doesn’t Want To Play Alongside A Superstar Like Derrick Rose

Submitted by on March 9, 2012 – 2:23 pmNo Comment
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For Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, the saga continues. This season, he’s spent his time after Magic games answering the same exact questions over and over and over again. “Where do you want to play next season?” reporters ask first. And then they have a bunch of other follow-up questions. When the Magic play someone like the Los Angeles Lakers, the questions surround whether or not Howard could coexist with Kobe Bryant. When they play the Golden State Warriors, the questions are about how he would handle playing for a team that’s not a traditional NBA powerhouse. And when they play the Chicago Bulls—with the NBA trade deadline just a week away—like they did last night, the questions are about how Howard would like to play with a point guard like Derrick Rose.

But, yesterday, Howard took things in a different direction when he was asked about the Bulls. Rather than talk about how nice it would be to play alongside D-Rose like he did earlier this season, Howard admitted that, while he wouldn’t mind having a teammate who was an All-Star like him, he also wants to be the “go-to” guy in certain situations. And he doesn’t feel that playing with a guy like Rose would help him do that.

“I don’t think there’s a player in the NBA that wants to be a nobody,” he said on Thursday. “I think everybody wants to be that guy to take the last shot or be that guy that everybody is leaning on, for whatever reason. And I don’t think there’s any problem wanting to be that guy. I’ve been that guy for this team since I’ve been here. And my whole life I’ve been put in the position of leadership, and I take on that role and I love doing it. Just by what people think, it’s very tough being a leader.”

So, what exactly does that mean for his future? Well, for starters, it means that it sounds like he’s not sure what he’s going to do yet. If he wants to be “the guy,” he has that already in Orlando. So, why not just sign a contract there in the offseason and stay? At the same time, it means that he may not be comfortable playing alongside a guy who wants the ball at the end of the game, but he might be comfortable playing with a guy like Deron Williams who can get it to him or, if necessary, take the shot himself. But, bottom line, he’d like to play with guys who want to win—regardless of where that does or doesn’t take him.

“My thing is I want to win and I want to put my team in the best position,” he said. “I’ve given Orlando eight hard years, everything I’ve got, and they all understand that.”

They may understand it. But if Howard’s not with the Magic next week, that doesn’t mean they’ll like it. Either way, the saga continues for now…

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