The Orlando Magic Need To Stand Up To Dwight Howard!
By: Ryan Wooley
If I had a dollar for every time I heard that Dwight Howard wants a trade out of Orlando, I could retire at the tender age of 27! Alright, maybe that’s a stretch. But could we please go at least a full season or off-season for that matter without this crybaby complaining about a situation he has put himself in?
I call him a crybaby because Howard had every opportunity to not only leave the Magic this off season like he claims he wants, but leave on his own terms!
Back in 2007 he signed a contract extension that had a clause that said he could terminate the deal in 2012 and become a free agent in July, which would have forced Orlando to either trade him before the deadline this past season or risk him walking out the door.
Well as we all know, the Magic tried to trade him and to no avail and were worried that he might walk until he signed a waiver in May, agreeing to waive the early termination option which guaranteed he would be with the team at the start of the season.
Howard even said at the time: “I’m glad this is finally over. It’s not as easy as some people think. It’s been very hard. We’re talking a career-changing event. Most people don’t see that. I’m very loyal and I’ve always put loyalty above anything”.
But what I think Dwight doesn’t understand is that everyone is not stupid and does know what is going on. We understand that you’re a prima donna that whines when you don’t get your way and are one of the biggest frauds in the league.
Your career has already been changed as you have put yourself into the locker room cancer category. And loyal? Please. If you were loyal you would have not told your team publicly that you wanted to be traded last year, you would not have told management you wanted Stan Van Gundy fired and then denied it when approached by the media, and you would also not be coming out just two months after signing your waiver and reiterating you want to be traded this season.
If I was in charge of the Magic, I would play Howard’s game. I know Orlando wants to get something in return for him but make a statement to not only Howard, but the rest of the league.
Say thanks Dwight for your insight and thanks again for letting us know you don’t want to play for us. Because of that, we will just take the hit at the end of the season as you walk away–but before you do that, enjoy sitting at home for the entire 2012-2013 season, just like Lamar Odom did with the Mavericks last year. We don’t need you and we don’t want you. Thank you for your service.
Please Orlando. I’m begging you to grow a pair and put this guy in his place. By even allowing him to be on your roster as you take the floor this year makes the team take another step back. Wash your hands of Howard and let him sit and think for a full season of everything he screwed up, not only with you, but how he could have been on another team if he wouldn’t have signed his waiver in May.
Don’t let him make you look like the bad guy again. Have some pride in your franchise.
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