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Why doesn't Dwight Howard want to be a Bull?

Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:53 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2011 2:59 pm
 


By Matt Moore


Back on Dec. 10th, the Chicago Tribune reported that Dwight Howard was not considering the Bulls. Chicago has not been on the list of teams Ken Berger has reported since February under consideration by Howard and his management. And Tuesday, ESPN reported that Howard's list has been narrowed to four teams, the New Jersey Nets, the Dallas Mavericks, the L.A. Lakers, and the Orlando Magic

So the question now is "Why won't Howard consider the Bulls?"

For starters, it would make a huge amount of sense for both parties in terms of basketball. For the Magic, they'd be able to get back a decent return on Howard, something that not many other teams will offer. Joakim Noah as a centerpiece, with Omer Asik, Ronnie Brewer, potentially Luol Deng, and a salary dump of Hedo Turkoglu along with picks could probably be had. That's a fine haul for the Magic. But maybe Howard simply doesn't care about what his team gets back and in fact wants to make sure they don't give up too much so that he can have a good group behind him wherever he lands. 

The bigger upside is for Howard. He would no longer have to be the sole source of offense and would have the pressure to be "the man" split between he and Rose. Howard wants help? How about the MVP point guard who can create offense for himself as well as anyone in the league? He'd be set with a young player just starting his rise to greatness and already established. Rose isn't an alpha dog and wouldn't have problems with Howard, Rose has good enough vision even as a score-first guard to create oop after oop for Howard on the pick and roll. Throw in Carlos Boozer as now a much-better-fitting third option (unless they unloaded Boozer which they may have to for salary purposes), and some combination of the Chicago shooters and you have all the help Howard's been asking for. 

Furthermore, how about the best defensive player in the league playing under the best defensive coach in the league? Tom Thibodeau could get the absolute most out of Howard's considerable abilities (not that Stan Van Gundy hasn't already done a stellar job and in fact in large part helped make Howard into the defensive presence he is), and would let him dictate what he wants on offense instead of forcing perimeter shots like SVG. 

The only conclusion is that it's some combination of weather and style that Howard balks at in regards to Chicago. Howard is rumored to prefer warm-weather destinations, coming from the south and having played there for his career. Chicago isn't exactly balmy. Then again, not like Brooklyn is all palm trees and sun tan lotion. The bigger question may be from a marketing perspective. New York or L.A. provide him with media opportunities galore, and for a guy who loves the camera as much as Howard does, that might be the kicker. 

One entity sad about this development? Adidas, who have both Howard and Rose under their label. The two teaming up under the colors of Nike's icon Michael Jordan's former team? Priceless. The money would be there for Howard in Chicago, but maybe not the level of fame he wants.
Comments

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:40 pm
 

Why doesn't Dwight Howard want to be a Bull?

@Snap Craft, 
        I think the Bulls made it further in the playoffs than your precious Lakers did. Oh, 62 wins last year? No.1 seed in the Eastern conference? Oh yea the truly do suck! Troll... 



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:28 pm
 

Why doesn't Dwight Howard want to be a Bull?

who cares....it's only basketball.



Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:15 pm
 

Why doesn't Dwight Howard want to be a Bull?

As I said before......
It's about Dwight Howard when you talk about basketball and Howard
NOT about WINNING......
I don't think he wants to be on a team with a BIGGER STAR than him
D ROSE is a bigger name in Chicago at this time and in the foreseeable future




Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:13 pm
 

Why doesn't Dwight Howard want to be a Bull?

As I said before......
It's about Dwight Howard when you talk about basketball and Howard
NOT about WINNING......
I don't think he wants to be on a team with a BIGGER STAR than him
D ROSE is bigger at this time and will be in the foreseeable future




Since: Aug 19, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:04 pm
 

Why doesn't Dwight Howard want to be a Bull?

It's pretty obvious that he wants to be the "main attraction" and he wont get that in Chicago.  yes i know dirk is in Dallas and Kobe in LA but not for much longer and once they are gone he will be the center of attention.  It is sad to see such talented players waste a great opportunity to have a long run at multiple championships due to their egos getting in the way of that.



Since: Jan 28, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Why doesn't Dwight Howard want to be a Bull?

We wouldn't kind you. Is Chicago a greater place "than" or "then" LA or NY?



Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:40 pm
 

Why doesn't Dwight Howard want to be a Bull?

You mean the heat arent in the running...I'm shocked!




Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:31 pm
 

Why doesn't Dwight Howard want to be a Bull?

The bulls should stay the path they are on...signing players that are loyal to them and the city.  you don't want to play here then we don't want you.



Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:26 pm
 

Why doesn't Dwight Howard want to be a Bull?

u have to be kinding me...Chicago is a greater place to play then LA or NY



Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:22 pm
 

Why doesn't Dwight Howard want to be a Bull?

And you know Kobe is ready to go.  He's already playing with a bit of a chip on his shoulder this year after telling reporters, "You all think I'm f***ing over-the-hill anyway.  Just watch."
... last season Playoffs...

LOL



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