Dwight Howard Is Ruining Everyone
The Dwight Howard saga is hurting more than just Howard’s popularity and good guy image. When it’s all said and done, wherever Howard ends up, the only people left that will call themselves fans are the one who cheer for the team he ends up on. Ever since the season ended, the Howard saga has had enough twists and turns to keep us guessing. One day he’s staying with the Magic, the next he’s going to Brooklyn, then the Lakers, then the Rockets, etc. While the ongoing drama is extraordinarily draining to anyone trying to keep track, the havoc it is spreading across the league is pretty much destroying anyone who is remotely thinking about Howard. Let’s see who will lose the most if Howard doesn’t end up with them.
The Los Angeles Lakers surely aren’t making Andrew Bynum feel welcome as they are doing whatever they can to shoo the league’s 2nd best center (or first depending on what day it is) away. He’s already a big baby who thinks he is the second coming of *insert hall of famer here*. So imagine the impact it is having on his psyche. Let’s just say that Howard doesn’t end up being a Laker. Bynum could play his heart out and look to get top dollar in a market where he feels wanted. This will suck for Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash as they are really, really, really trying to get back to the NBA Finals.
The Brooklyn Nets ended up not losing so much. After acquiring Joe Johnson and Deron Williams while resigning Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, and Brook Lopez, a Dwight Howard addition would have been great…except that Jay-Z would probably have to come off the bench to give the Nets some depth. Nevertheless, the Nets would have taken over New York if they had found a way to add Howard to the mix. Good thing they moved on.
The poor Orlando Magic have been held hostage by Howard’s passive-aggressive trade demand. One day he wants to stay, the next he wants to go. He has no idea what he really wants to do but the Magic have gutted their system in an effort to keep him happy and hope he signs a long term extension. But with the crappy team they are putting out on the court, minus Ryan Anderson, why the hell would Howard want to stay? They’ll never upend the Miami Heat in their own division, nor will they be able to acquire the pieces to put around Howard. Instead of hunting down set pieces to put around Howard, they have to think about the future without him with the slim possibility he stays. It’s pretty much like the girlfriend who doesn’t know how to let go and move on. Sad, isn’t it?
If the Houston Rockets are unable to pull off any trade to bring a name around Jeremy Lin, the Rockets will have failed miserably. They got rid of Luis Scola, who will likely flourish in Phoenix. The rest of their team is shaky at best with Kevin Martin (who struggled mightily last season with injuries and his field goal percentage) and a hodge podge of players that are only set pieces to bring Howard or another big name to the Rockets. If nothing happens, it would have been all for nothing. Jeremy Lin will have to toil in mediocrity and the Rockets will have waited too long to acquire any impact players left on the market.
So, as you can see, Dwight Howard needs to make a decision soon.