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Dwight Howard calls out paper for 'dumb articles'

Posted on: May 10, 2011 1:20 am
Edited on: May 10, 2011 2:42 am
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard criticizes his local newspaper for its coverage of his future with the team. Posted by Ben Golliver. dwight-howard-lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers bombed out of the playoffs, the Orlando Magic bombed out of the playoffs and Dwight Howard hasn't yet committed to a long-term contract extension, so it doesn't take a rocket scientist to think up a trade scenario between the two teams that centers around the All-Star center. Back in the day, Shaquille O'Neal went from Disneyworld to Disneyland and many assume Howard will do the same thing.

No one has been more aggressive in tracking that potential move than the Orlando Sentinel, who created a website application that allowed users to dress up Howard in the jerseys of different teams, including the Lakers. (An image from the application is shown to the right.)

On Monday night, Howard took to Twitter to criticize the paper for its coverage of his future (all sics are his).
"Y does it seem like the writers of Orlando sentinel are tryna push me out of Orlando with dumb articles. It's annoying. Can I enjoy my summer and get ready for next season in Orlando. Pls. Same thing u guys did to Shaq. Smh"
In a series of follow-up tweets, Howard clarified that he's not blaming the media.
"I'm not blaming the media. I'm saying stop with the dumb articles. They don't make be decision of mine. I jus don't want Orlando fans to believe them. Cuz they don't know. I love my city"
Assessing the Sentinel's Magic page on Monday night, you could read a column calling on Howard to inform the team of his future plans, a story about L.A.'s pursuit of Howard, a story that led with discussion of the Howard-to-Lakers talk, video of Howard describing the state of his contract negotiations with the Magic and a poll for fans to vote whether they would trade Howard and guard Gilbert Arenas to the Lakers for Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom and Steve Blake.

There's probably more, but you get the point.

No one -- especially not Howard -- should be surprised by the volume of coverage of his future. It's far and away the dominant storyline concerning the franchise from now until the second he is signed to an extension or traded. Griping will get him absolutely nowhere. Newsflash Superman, they're just getting started.

Ultimately, the paper's reporters are really just doing their jobs: feeding an insatiable beast. Well, except for that jersey application. That was kind of a low blow.

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 9:15 am

Dwight Howard calls out paper for 'dumb articles'

Yes, that's just the piece the Lakers need along with Howard.  Agent Six Guns and the malignancy he imparts on team chemistry.  That would be just great.

Since: May 10, 2011
Posted on: May 10, 2011 8:53 am

Dwight Howard calls out paper for 'dumb articles'

Typical idiot Orlando Sentinel writers, idiots put up the most retarted articles all the time. They even have a local radio show here that is horrible too. They probably were 1 of the main reasons Shaq left when he did, and now they are doing the same thing again with Dwight. I hope you stay Dwight, but with morons writing for our local paper, I wouldn't blame you if you left either.

Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 7:38 am

Dwight Howard calls out paper for 'dumb articles'

A move to the Lakers might make sense if we assume Shaq's move set some sort of precedent.  But if Dwight moved to Boston, instead, he'd get more chances every season for revenge against Orlando.  And the Celtics look pretty hard-up for a center these days.

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: May 10, 2011 7:30 am

Dwight Howard calls out paper for 'dumb articles'

Dwight Howard is a dirty player.  I haven't seen a game in which he hasn't thrown an elbow, or done something questionable.  Maybe he belongs in L.A. with the other punks.

Since: Apr 14, 2010
Posted on: May 10, 2011 2:59 am

Dwight Howard calls out paper for 'dumb articles'

Also, I wouldn't mind Orlando making a run at Iggy. 

Since: Apr 14, 2010
Posted on: May 10, 2011 2:55 am

Dwight Howard calls out paper for 'dumb articles'

As a Magic fan for the last 15 years I can only hope that Howard is more like Durant and sign an extention and less like Lebum and do more than just say Orlando's his city.  I'm not sure what they need to do, but they HAVE to get him some help.  Jameer is my favorite player on this team, but if it takes moving him to get CP3 then do it.  I'm not sure if Hedo has much left and no one will take on that massive contract, Arenas either, but I think Areanas has a little more left.  I'd say try offering the Hornets Jameer, JJ and a 1st rder or 2 for CP3.  Seems like alot but something to show Howard their willing to do anything to keep him.

Saying that thou, Jameer is Dwights best friend on the team.  Would he want that? 

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: May 10, 2011 2:27 am

Dwight Howard calls out paper for 'dumb articles'

Well Howard if you love your city, sign an extension. You won't do that now will you and we all know that Orlando is too financially strapped with Arenas and Hedo to put a winning team around you. So let's move to plan B- be honest that you will only sign with a contender and let the City you love get something for you so they can at least be a playoff team- not have the fate of Toronto and Cleveland. Stop trying to be popular ahead of being honest.

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