If I was a person that used the phrase, “I told ya so”, then I’d be standing on my desk screaming at the walls right now (cause no one is here but me).
Preliminary reports are saying what we ALL expected, Dwight Howard will opt out of his contract with the Houston Rockets at the season’s end. If that sounds like a record-skip, or perhaps a newly found tear in the time-space continuum, you’re NOT wrong.
We heard similar news when Howard left Orlando in 2012 and then again when he ran and hid from Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers in 2013. Howard’s quick ascension into super-stardom peaked statistically in 2011-2012 when he averaged 20.6 ppg and 14.5 rpg with the Magic. After losing to the Pacers in the first round of the playoffs, (in which Howard’s Magic lost the series 4-1) one could argue that he’s never been the same…..or maybe he just stopped caring and just started cashing checks.
Dwight Howard has become a locker room cancer and an overall pain in the ass for any GM or coach mostly due to his play on the floor becoming more and more compromised by his bad attitude. When he doesn’t get his touches offensively, he pouts like a fat kid who missed the ice cream truck, and seemingly Howard only plays hard on defense 50% of the time OR when a player on the other team has a better hair cut than him.
Howard defines the culture of ME, ME, ME, ME. The TEAM is a secondary thought to him, probably even more accurate is that the team would be his third level of concern behind smirking while flexing his shoulders and jogging up and down the court trying to look cool.
Dwight has made somewhere in the vicinity of $144 million over his 11 seasons, he’s an 8-time all-star, 5-time all-NBA first team (not since 2012), 3-time NBA defensive POY (not since 2011), 4-time NBA all-defense first team (not since 2012), 5-time NBA rebounding leader (not since 2013), 2-time NBA blocks leader (not since 2010) and the Orlando Magic all-time leading scorer (the equivalent of being the tallest dwarf in a grocery store full of high shelves). Are you seeing the trend here?
Somewhere around 2012 Dwight decided to stop giving a shit about hoops. Even though his health has never been a big concern and he’s still a physical specimen capable of dominating the paint on a nightly basis, the NOT-Superman (put that comparison to rest please) has downward spiraled with the effectiveness of a Tim Tebow 20 yard-out pass attempt.
I bet you thought I was gonna show Tim Tebow throwing worm-burners up and down the field didn’t you…….but why kick a dead horse?
Potential Dwight Howard
suckers idiots salary cap destroyers suitors are: The Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Hornets.
ESPN’s Calvin Watkins reported:
There is a perception that several players are not happy with Howard based on a February team meeting, after which one person close to the Rockets said, “If you want the ball, you need to speak up about it. He lost players’ respect.”
One player offered a different view, saying he didn’t mind if Howard spoke up or not. “We just need to play basketball,” the player said.
Ready to get sick, dollars to stats and efficiency year by year are a pretty compelling case against Howard’s value for a new team, the money keeps going up as his efficiency keeps going down. Now if only there was a way to measure dollars to heart and work ethic: