Blog Entry

Magic fans, you're going to want to sit down

Posted on: October 17, 2011 12:27 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2011 12:36 pm
By Matt Moore

Dwight Howard spoke with Scott Raab of Esquire for an interview. It's kind of surprising, given that Raab is such a vocal and often times vulgar critic of LeBron James and how he handled his free agency. But Howard's comments are going to light up the NBA world like a Christmas tree, even as the season continues to be imperiled with the loss of games. Howard spoke about free agency, and his time in Orlando. Magic fans, you may need to pour youerselves something stiff first. From Esquire:  
SR: Do you think that the drive to represent, on an iconic level, will be a factor in your free agency? Do you see yourself in a much larger market?

DH: There's more you can do in a bigger place. I'm stuck in a tough position because I feel like right now, where I'm at, I've done so much. And I just don't know what else I can do. I can't live for everybody else. I don't know what decision I'm gonna make as of right now. It's been crazy. Everybody wants me to come here, come play here, come to our team, do this. It's a great feeling, though, to be wanted.

SR: You're gone. I can feel it.

DH: The toughest part for me is the city — the people. They've got burgers named after me in Orlando, they've got a Web site saying, "Please stay." I love the people in the city. I've literally sat on the bench with a towel on my head crying, because I feel the passion in the stands. I just think about what's going to be best for what I want to accomplish in my life. And I don't want that door to close on me, wherever that door is. I don't want it to close.

SR: Just don't do it as an hour-long ESPN special. Please.

DH: That's not me.
via Dwight Howard Quotes on Fatherhood, Children and More - Esquire.

That's funny. It's as if a million souls cried out in terror and were suddenly sent to the lottery for the next ten years. 

This is what most of us were expecting and Magic fans were in denial of. It's Howard acknowledging his time in Orlando with sadness, and talking about how "he doesn't know what else he can do."

Panic! at the Walt Disney World Resort. 

The season hasn't started. The lockout's far from over. Free agency is months away. Two seasons (Winter, Spring) in fact. But already the narrative for next summer is in full gear. And Howard just dropped a can of nitro fuel in the tank and watched this thing light up. The big question for the next year is going to be: Will Dwight Stay? 

And from here, it sure doesn't look like it. 
The question that's starting to be formed in Orlando isn't about whether Howard stays, but who's to blame? There's a trend rising to pin it on Otis Smith, the same guy that built the Finals-contender, but who also traded for Hedo Turkoglu and Gilbert Arenas inside of a day and who gave bad contracts to marginal players while adding those albitrosses. Howard leaving Orlando could not only mean the franchise losing its second franchise center in 15 years, but the complete tear down of the Magic organization. And they just got that nice new building, too.

The All-Star Game is scheduled to be in Orlando this year. If we have a season, that's going to be one fun week to watch Howard deal with the questions. Poor guy. He won't know what else he can do.

(HT: SBNation

Since: Oct 18, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:40 am

Magic fans, you're going to want to sit down

Sometimes I question how long people have been around the NBA.... How often does a team trade it's superstar to a rival conference contender? Least of all a player of Howards caliber. Highly, HIGHLY, doubt they get him, even if they did half their team would have to be included in the deal because you know Orlando is dumping Arenas and Turk on whoever want's Dwight. 
People are all excited at the possibility which is clouding reality for them,

Since: Oct 18, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 8:52 pm

Magic fans, you're going to want to sit down

This is the problem with this generation weak minds think alike. Dwight hasn't actually given it his all. He can't hit free throws he turns the ball over, he hasen't even reached his ceiling, he has a limited post game and he can't even be relied upon to be a go to scorer. MJ gave it his all, Kobe gave it his all, and even though I think he's a clown, KG gave it his all, As has Dirk, and Tim Duncan.

The mentality of this generation is extremely weak. When Lebron sees his teams losing, instead of taking over games like MJ did, he defers to his teamates so he can pass the blame on to them. He didnt have the heart to carry a Cavs team so he took the easy way out. I really thought Dwight was different now he hasen't said he wants out of Orlando and I truly believe he doesn't know what he's going to do, but I would be very disappointed after all the talk of following his own path and how adamant he was about not being compared to shaq or Lebron.

I think the media jumps at anything that points to him leaving because it sells stories but somehow the words" I dont know what I'm going to do" seem to hold less water because it's not the popular answer. People WANT him to leave especially to the Lakers, despite that making absolutely no sense if he's trying to win multiple titles (assuming that is his actual goal). The very fact that Shaq left Orlando in shambles when he bolted for LA means a trade to the Lakers is not an option for them, with a new building, and the potential to have to rebuild they cant a afford the PR nightmare that would ensue. That seems to be ignored as well LOL..But I guess it is what it is. All sense is thrown out the window in this case. Orlando would rebuild with young players and picks or let him walk. He isnt going to LA unless they can clear the cap to sign him.

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 7:06 pm

Magic fans, you're going to want to sit down

Chicago does makes sense, but no way are both Noah and Deng part of the deal. Infact, the Bulls are really the only team in a large market that can make a very nice offer to Orlando for Howard and here it is:

Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Taj Gibson, Kyle Korver, and the Bobcats draft pick for Dwight Howard and Turk.

Bulls would have a Howard, Asik, Boozer rotation in the paint. Turk, Brewer, and Rose in the 3,2, and 1 positions. Bulls could still add a free agent like Vince carter or Jason richardson. Losing both Noah and Taj would be a big blow, but Dwight is the best center in the league. I would miss Deng a bunch as well. He was great last season on both ends.

Magic get a replacement for Howard in Noah. Sure Noah is not nearly as good as Howard, but he is still a top 5 center. Taj is a starter quality player as well that will only get better. Deng is a huge upgrade over Turk in that he plays well on both ends of the floor. Magic also lose the Turk contract in this deal which helps them down the road. Along with a nice draft pick as well, i could see a deal like this working out for both sides.

Howard and Boozer are also close friends so Dwight might really like the idea of pairing with Booz and Rose.

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: October 18, 2011 3:37 pm

Magic fans, you're going to want to sit down

Chicago, Chicago, Chicago!  We'd rule the East!! 
PG - Rose
SG - Who cares
SF - Deng
PF - Noah
C - Howard

Boozer who have to come off the bench...sorry! Lol

Since: Apr 14, 2010
Posted on: October 18, 2011 12:05 pm

Magic fans, you're going to want to sit down

Uh he could do what Durant did and sign with who drafted him.  They haven't really built a contending team around him too much.  Yeah they made it deep in the playoffs last year but who really thinks they can contend with Perkins as their Center and Westbrooks is starting to jack up that team mentality. 

Otis has screwed up recently with signings and trades.  Dwight needs to stay in O-town, Otis needs to somehow get CP3 or D. Williams.

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:25 am

Magic fans, you're going to want to sit down

Can't blame him if he leaves. Just like with LeBron in Cleveland, Orlando has failed to surround Howard with quality players while they had him. Worse, they overpaid or traded for players with ridiculous contracts so there's no future. Even with an amnesty buyout clause in the next owners/ players deal, they can't get out of enough bad contracts to improve anytime soon.

If I were him, I'd move on and have a chance to help create my own future instead of relyiong on people who obviously can't get the job done. 

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:21 am

Magic fans, you're going to want to sit down

Oh c'mon we all saw this coming a mile away. My prediction, he ventures to the west coast and joins world peace and is fed dunk after dunk by a mamba to quench his thristy appetite for a championship. Dwight Howard will win three championships along Kobe's side to solidiy his legacy as one of the best ever, not named MJ. Kobe needs Dwight, and what Kobe wants Kobe gets!

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2011 5:01 pm

Magic fans, you're going to want to sit down

I wouldn't even hate on the man for leaving that joke of a franchise. First off they give Rashard Lewis like 22 million a year? what they hell were they on when they negotiated that deal? They trade him, to pick up Arenas? They trade Richardson who I believe had an expiring contract for Hedo Turkoglu? There saddled with terribe contracts that give them little to no room to make a move.Arenas is locked up until 2013 / 2014 at between 20 and 22 million, and Turkoglu is locked in until 2013 / 2014 at 12 million. There you go, two guys...both underachievers, being paid 36 million.Not to mention that Reddick is being paid 7 million to hit a few 3 pointers, and Jameer Nelson is being paid 7 million. There you go, 4 players.. 48 million dollars. 

Not a question of if he`s gonna go elsewhere, but where. 

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 4:54 pm

Magic fans, you're going to want to sit down

 Well, lets just hope the Magic get something back for him, other than a Salary Spot.  And for the love of God, MAKE HIM< take Jameer with him.   Trade him to Sacramento for Evans and Cousins, and Kanter.  Throw in Hedo, he has roots, the Maloofs would take him.   As for Dwight, he gave it his all out there, and he doesnt want to play for the Magic, this isnt as big a deal as Shaq, cuz, Dwight has like 1/100th of the Personality that Shaq has.  So, this is no where near as Shocking.   And hopefully some guys step up and Develop as opposed to standing around watching Dwight and Jameer flail about. 



Since: Jan 20, 2011
Posted on: October 17, 2011 3:08 pm

Magic fans, you're going to want to sit down

Will be curious to see how this plays out.  It would be refreshing to see a super star stay in his drafted first NBA home....but lets be realistic....

Most likely, Good Game, Orlando....  

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or