Monday, July 2, 2012

Dwight Howard's Choice: Loved and Losing or Hated and Winning


"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana

Dwight Howard either can't remember NBA history, or has seen the NBA's most recent history made and now WANTS to be condemned to repeat it.

On July 8, 2010 Lebron James ended his free agency with his "Decision".  He chose to join other superstars Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade in Miami.  July 2, 2012, Lebron has a ring and Dwight Howard seems to have made his own decision on where he plans to pursue his own ring.  The latest word from Dwight is that he reportedly wants to go to just one team and one team only, the Brooklyn Nets.

Dwight has said "I'll re-sign with only one team", and that team is Brooklyn.  Though he didn't actually state the team's name in the interview with Yahoo! Sports, that is what the sources say...and they are never wrong.

A little over a year ago I wrote about whether Dwight would be the next Lebron or Carmelo .  Either he'd wait out his contract and become and unrestricted free agent, then pick his palace, like Lebron.  Or the Orlando Magic wouldn't wait for him to leave, and like Denver, trade him for many assets and ensure they aren't left with nothing but memories of when Dwight played for them and cap space.

While Dwight's mind seems to be made up, Orlando's still may not be.  They fired their old coach, per Dwight's request...well he'll say he didn't request it...but he did.  They have all new management and still are likely holding out hope that Dwight will reconsider and stay with the team he was drafted by.

"I have the utmost respect for the Magic organization, for the people of Orlando. Everything I did was from my heart, and I would never do anything to betray my city," Dwight stated to Yahoo! Sports.  Issue is Dwight, by not re-signing with Orlando you are, in an insignificant in the grand scheme of things "sports"way, betraying Orlando and it's fans.

This shouldn't come as a surprise to you though Dwight.  See, your boy Lebron betrayed Cleveland in the same way.  Allowing them to have hope for months on end, then publicly stabbing them in the back and taking his "talents" elsewhere...I think there was a southern beach involved.

So how do you not become hated?  You re-sign with Orlando.  The issue there is, you may waste away in Orlando and never get to the pinnacle of the sport like Lebron just did.  Lebron saw that in Cleveland he likely was going to have to try to win it all with the likes of Mo Williams and Anderson Varejeo.  For you Dwight, you'll have to win it all with Jameer Nelson, Hedo Turkoglu and JJ Redick.  Although JJ Redick is awesome, the rest of them are average.  Average doesn't win the NBA.  Elite does.  Lebron ignored the hate, and joined the elite.  Even while hated, Lebron's little plan actually worked.

It seems Dwight is leaning towards joining Deron Williams (has some choices of his own to make, but has less roots dug into his current residence) in Brooklyn.  Orlando needs to now make the smart decision and try to get something for Howard.  Comparing Denver with Cleveland and where the two are currently after their respective break ups with their stars, most would say Denver is in a better spot.

Orlando, like Dwight, must look at the past, even their own with Shaq leaving them high and dry in 1996 for LA, and learn from it or they too will be condemned to repeat it.

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