The Dwightmare saga starts again

Here we go again. Every time this happens he says ,”ah no, it wont happen like that again. I’ll be straight up, and i’ll make a good decision…” bla bla bla. It happens every time Dwight Howards gets a chance to look at his options. Why can’t he just make a decision. It’s truly not that hard.

Scenario number 1: Houston has space to bring you in and work you in the offense, but does not have the salary cap space to give you a max contract. Are you looking for money or are you looking for rings? If you’re looking for money don’t come here. If you’re looking to compete for rings for a few years, it’s worth a look. You’ll fit into the offense and alleviate some of the pain from James Harden & company. That being said, are you willing to live in the footsteps and shadows of The Dream?

Scenario number 2: Golden State Warriors can offer you a nice contract, and young, talented nucleus that already competed for the western conference crown without you. Add your talented big man to the roster and all of the sudden they can get over the hump and into the finals. Steph Curry is without a doubt a premier guard. He is looking to be a perennial all star as well. With his ability to shoot from anywhere (literally, anywhere) on the court  it will free up space to let you work the post game and teams will not be able to double team both of you. This is a great destination because you get money, you get very talented all stars around you, and you have nobody’s shadow to live in, and you’re making your own way. In Houston you’re in The Dream’s shadows, in LA you’re doing EXACTLY what Shaq did (leaving Orlando for LA, and your nickname isn’t helping matters at all).You’re not living up to Shaq and you’re not as humble as Hakeem. This is your best shot to be your own man.

Scenario number 3: You go to LA, you get a max contract. You fight and bicker with Kobe because you don’t take anything seriously, ever. Kobe will push you to be the best, and quite possibly will help you elevate your game to a whole new level and show you how to be a champion. After all his Laker squad did destroy you in the NBA Finals and won the championship on your home court. That being said, are you willing to do what Kobe says when Kobe says it? Do you truly want to live in the limelight of the prime time entertainment that guys like Magic, Kareem, Shaq, Kobe, Big Shot Bob all brought to the table? Do you want to be compared to Shaq for your entire career? Can you handle the pressure? I doubt it.

If Dwight Howard truly wants money, a chance to win, a chance to create a name for himself and to be his own man, he truly needs to go to Golden State Warriors and bring a championship home to the bay area. Mark Jackson is a great coach, and the team is loaded with young talent, Dwight will fit in perfectly. Go there big man and make a name for yourself. Go anywhere else and you’ll always be under a microscope to someone else. Just ask LeBron how fun that is and he isn’t even wearing 23 anymore or playing in Chicago.

6 thoughts on “The Dwightmare saga starts again”

  1. And he picks Houston. Can’t say that was a surprise. The funny thing about Houston is it seems to be the easiest path to success. (Although success is not guaranteed with any team)

    Telling the Dwight should pick the easiest path.

  2. In one sense of the whole ordeal I can see why he chose Houston (like you said it will be easier), but in another sense, I don’t see how he could walk away from being able to create his own legacy. All along it has been about I want to win. I want to be my own person, I want to be the man, I want to build my own legacy. Well, he’s in Shaqs shadow’s in LA and Orlando, and he’ll be in Hakeem’s in Houston.

    At the end of the day I don’t like Dwight Howard in the least bit, but I hope all works out well for Houston (mainly because I like James Harden).

    1. It will be interesting to see how things play out. Apparently their current center already wants out, so we’ve got drama, and we’re still about 4 months away from the regular season.

      Dwight has always struck me as a man diva. Maybe that’s unfair, but I think he pretty much has himself (and the media of course) to blame for that.

  3. Dwight is a “me, me,me,me” kind of guy unless its about stepping up to take blame/responsibility for ANYTHING. Rumors out of Orlando that he wanted traded or didn’t like VanGundy and he’d always deny that it was him when in fact it was always him.

    In LA stuff would leak out about a player mocking Kobe or disgruntled with the coaches there. Nope, wasn’t Dwight…are you serious?! Of course it was Dwight. He’s a little kid! Some of these athletes have the skill level to go from high school to pro but they lack the mental capacity or mental fortitude to be responsible.

  4. Dwight wants to play ball, have fun, make money, and have everyone like him. In Orlando that was possible. He was the main man on a Playoff team. He made good money. The fans supported him, for the most part. It was a good situation.

    Someone (probably a member of his entourage) got to him and convinced him that he needed a title… whoever it was, it wasn’t Patrick Ewing, or Charles Barkley, or John Stockton. But he got it in his head that he needed a title to be GREAT.

    So he wanted the Magic to put together a title contender on the fly. That’s easier said then done. They signed guys like Agent Zero in an attempt to compete on the fly. (Like Cleveland signed Shaq, and Jamison, and etc. etc. etc.)

    When it didn’t work, he wanted out. He wanted a team that was already set up for a title run. (Like James leaving Cleveland. Did Cleveland have trouble building around him? Yes. Did they try hard to make it happen? Yes. Did that buy them anything? No. Should it have… maybe?)

    Once he got out, he realized that building a title contender on the fly is hard with any team. Nash, Kobe, Gasol, Howard, Peace looks good on paper, but it takes time to get the kinks worked out. (Again like Miami)

    But in LA he found that he wasn’t the “man”. He wasn’t really loved by the fans. (who all expected more of him then he was willing or able to give) he was making good money… but he wasn’t having fun.

    So now he’s in Houston. A team that will let him be the man, will pay him good money, will shine a light on him – but not a hot spotlight like the one in LA. He can have fun and if he doesn’t win… if they lose to the Spurs or Thunder or Clippers… no one will blame him.

    They’ll just say those teams are better teams (which they are) When he was with Orlando no on really expected them to get by James in Cleveland or Boston and their Big 3. A win was received like a gift from heaven, but it wasn’t expected.

    In LA everyone expects a title, every year.

  5. Well said, TLT.

    As a former Howard fan, and coming from someone who lived in Orlando while he played for the Magic, the fans loved him. They wanted nothing more than to see Dwight throw down some huge dunks, and if they got the W it was just icing on the cake. All the playoff games were played on these ENORMOUS screens throughout the party areas downtown, and the buzz around Howard was just amazing. Well, I assume it was for Howard and not Chris Duhon.

    You hit the nail on the head, he wants to have fun, make money and win a title but he also doesn’t want the pressure. He wants to be the man without the man’s responsibilities. The Rockets made a great run last year, and James Harden was the main reason why. Another big reason is that team was fluid and had legit chemistry. Dwight Howard might fit in to that system, he might not. There might not be pressure on the Rockets but I think we would be kind of naive to believe that there wont be pressure on Howard to get back into the playoffs.

    The Rockets as an organization may not feel the pressure but I assure you that Dwight Howard has no chance to regain fans love until he wins a championship, much like LeBron did. It’s amazing what winning a ring does to the brain of a sports fan.

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