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Dwight Howard needs a reality check

Chuck - Red's Army March 13, 2012 Uncategorized 12 Comments

The latest reports about Orlando Magic big man Dwight Howard have me sick to my stomach. First, ESPN’s Ric Bucher says Howard has CEO like control of the Magic organization:

One source close to the situation told ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher that the Magic have promised Howard that they will add a quality player before Thursday’s deadline and that Howard can decide the fate of both GM Otis Smith and coach Stan Van Gundy at the end of the season if he signs an extension. Bucks swingman Stephen Jackson, frustrated in Milwaukee, is available and sources say he and Howard have talked about playing together.

CBS reports Howard has given the Magic a list of players he’d like to have as teammates:

Howard’s representatives reiterated to teams inquiring about him in recent days that his No. 1 choice remains the Nets, and also revealed that he has a list of several players he’d like to play with, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday. Ellis, the Warriors’ electrifying guard, is on the list, the person said. Nets point guard Deron Williams is presumed to be on it as well, though Howard’s desire for new teammates is unclear beyond that.

When did Dwight Howard become Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird all rolled into one? This is absurd.

Yes, he’s a rebounding and shot-blocking machine entering the prime of his career. But… Howard is not capable of carrying a franchise on those massive shoulders. He has too many offensive liabilities. And spare me all of his statistics. Your eyes should tell you that he’s NOT a leader. The reason New Jersey is his desired location is so he can spread his global brand. That should tell you everything you need to know about Howard.

Howard lost all credibility as a de facto GM the moment he lobbied for Glen Davis. And now he wants Stephen Jackson? Why aren’t the media blowhards slapping him into oblivion for these suggestions?

As for the possibility of Howard running the franchise, I echo John’s sentiments – no player deserves that much power.

I’d love for Howard to play in Boston, provided Danny Ainge fills out the roster with players who can balance Dwight’s immaturity and offensive liabilities.

FYI - The Magic are refuting ESPN’s report about SVG and Smith.

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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  • KY Celts fan

    Damn. Not even Kobe carries that much sway with his team. Things are getting out of hand in Orlando.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mdsample greenbeand

    desperate ppl do desperate things. of course the magic would relinquish all personnel and decision making, but waiting for the last day.. insulting. otis smith is clearly incompetent, altho my sneaky suspicion danny is crazy enough to sign dwill and d12 and then trade rondo :)

  • Danno

    I don’t want to see that big idiot in a Celtics uniform. Ever.

  • Ian

    Really Danno?

  • paul

    I agree about Howard not having earned that kind of control, but I TOTALLY disagree with the idea that no player could be worthy of it. My god, what makes the average idiot owner worthy? Nothing and you know it.

  • paul

    I actually tend to agree. Is there a player in the league who gets less out of his talent? Well yeah, plenty, but to me, Howard is a blamer. If he would stop blaming others, he’d realize that by working on his game, he could lift his team, probably all the way to a championship. When I watch him play, not only does he seems to lack much of an offensive arsenal, but he also seems sort of ‘out of it’ much of the time, wandering the paint area somewhat purposelessly, then reacting to the ball.
    Stop blaming others, Dwight, and work on your own game. You have the solution in your grasp.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redslovechild1 Redslovechild

    Forget reality check…the Celts need Wyc to write Dwight a check!

  • Rondo To KG

    I’ve been one of the biggest “Dwight to Boston” fans since he came out and said he doesn’t want to be in Orlando any more but this is just getting out of hand. The last thing this Celtic team needs is a quitter like Dwight.
    He’s just like players like Lebron and Carmelo who decided to quit on their team and try to form superteams on some big market team. I’m not even sure if he’s looking to win a championship. It seems like he’s more worried about getting his face into as many crappy commercials/movies as he can and making his bank account grow.
    As far as I’m concerned, the Celtics are too good for that nonsense.

  • Danno

    Really.
    He’s not a winner. He’s a Front Runner. A shit-talking goon, with very little skill, and no brains or Basketball IQ. Unlike Shaq, he’s not a game-changer. He’s a black hole. He’s the guy who will score 30 points a night and lead a team to a .366 record. The Carmelo Anthony of Bigs. The polar opposite of guys like Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan.
    7’1′ 260 lbs of Locker room Cancer with a fake TV smile.

  • http://www.redsarmy.com/home/2012/01/ray-allen-to-play-jermaine-to-sit.html#comments Rondo’s #1 Fan

    He already said he wants to be a team where he is the superstar. That tells u he wont be going to Lakers,Bulls, or Miami so idk why people think he is going there. He might as well stay in Orlando so he can be the “Center” of attention like he wants to be! Tired of these Howard trade talks get it over with already

  • Danno

    You are kidding right? You don’t realize the vast difference between multi-millionaire businessmen, and a kid who can barely speak English properly without getting all ghetto? You ever listen to these guys speak? Most of them are embarrassing to listen to. You can’t run a business if you can’t form full sentences. It’s from a lack of education. Most of these guys were given a pass on actually doing well enough in high school because they were athletically gifted.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01157053529f970b zippittyay

    What? Big Baby wasn’t enough??