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Dwight Howard's mom wants him to stay with Magic

Posted on: February 27, 2012 3:24 pm
 
By Matt Moore 

Mama tried

Sunday night during the NBA All-Star Game, TNT's Craig Sager reported that he had spoken with Dwight Howard's mother and she had said she wants Howard to stay in Orlando. 

Meanwhile, multiple indications suggest the Nets continue to believe they are the front-runners for Howard according to multiple outlets.

So Dwight Howard is essentially torn between one of the most powerful men in Russia, and his own mother. This is like some bizarre political thriller, only with a poor hook shot and too many commercials.

Howard's mother will no doubt have an influence on his decision but there are so many factors to consider. His agent, his publicist, his teammates, his friend, his former coaches, his relationship with Stan Van Gundy, Otis Smith, and Rich DeVos are just a few of the things weighing on his mind. While family's obviously important to Dwight, ths is his decision to make. Still, it's never good to have your mom publicly come out and state what she thinks, since now it'll be known he went against her wishes if he leaves. From the Orlando Sentinel:  
Unless Dwight does an immediate about-face, takes his mother's advice (she reportedly told TNT's courtside reporter Craig Sager she wants him to stay in Orlando) and commits to signing an extension, the Magic must deal him and get something of value.

"That's my mom's opinion," Dwight said afterward when asked about Sager's report. "… I don't want to talk about that stuff right now."
via NBA All-Star Game: Orlando must turn out lights on All-Star party, Dwight Howard era - OrlandoSentinel.com.

Got to be your own man, the saying goes. But man, to have to deal with all this and now your mom? Bet this isn't how Dwigh thought All-Star Weekend would go.  
Comments

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:09 am
 

His mother needs to get a life

She hit the NBA baby lottery jackpot already, so she should just shut the **** up, subrscribe to the NBA channel, and accept her checks from Superbaby in the ****** mail.



Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:39 am
 

Dwight Howard's mom wants him to stay with Magic

Crispy.... Is Dwight's baby's mother his girlfriend or was he really that reckless? If it's his girlfriend they all could move with him to where ever.



Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:14 am
 

Dwight Howard's mom wants him to stay with Magic

What nobody seems to mention is that Dwight's son also lives in Orlando. If Dwight does walk he'll look like the biggest self-centered piece of garbagge, seeking more fame for himself over spending more time with his son.

I say let him walk and force him to take the $30 million salary loss. Then just stink for about 3 years, get rid of the bloated contracts, and end up with 3 high lottary picks on the roster with salary cap space to go after free agents. 



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:39 am
 

Dwight Howard's mom wants him to stay with Magic

This is the Mike Bianchi article in today's Orlando Semtinel and I think it is worth reading in its entirety.

"The was breathtaking.

The players, performers, the league and the city put on a dazzling show.

For the record, the West beat the East 152-149, and the Pro Bowl called afterward to complain about the lack of defense.

But, sadly, as Dandy Don Meredith used to sing on Monday Night Football, "Turn out the lights, the party's over. They say that all good things must end."

And, now, the time has come for the to turn out the lights on the spectacular era. For months, Orlando has dreaded this day, but now it's here.

All-Star Weekend was nice way to forget about it for a while – sort of like two divorcing parents having one last Christmas together. Dwight and the Magic put on a happy face for the kids, but it was all for show. Dwight was a great host, smiling widely, saying all the right things, sitting next to Magic owner Rich DeVos during a timeout, even taking the microphone before the game and thanking the All-Star fans for coming to "my city, my home." The Magic and the had that home – the sparkling, spectacular Amway Center -- decorated beautifully.

But now it's time to take down the lights and tell the kids Daddy's leaving.

Unless Dwight does an immediate about-face, takes his mother's advice (she reportedly told 's courtside reporter Craig Sager she wants him to stay in Orlando) and commits to signing an extension, the Magic must deal him and get something of value.

"That's my mom's opinion," Dwight said afterward when asked about Sager's report. "… I don't want to talk about that stuff right now."

Obviously, he will need to talk about it with the Magic very soon because they must identify the best deal they can and make it before the March 15 trade deadline.

Team CEO insisted Sunday night that the team has not made a decision about whether they will trade Howard. The Magic apparently are holding out hope they can hold onto him until the end of the season and convince him to stay.

This is tomfoolery. Dwight's been with the team seven years. If the Magic haven't convinced him by now, it's time to move on and get something for your only valuable commodity.

Dwight knows what the Magic are about. He knows they have done everything in their power to get him a championship. He knows they have the second-highest payroll in the NBA and have blown through the cap for five straight years on player salaries. He knows fans and taxpayers in a horrible economy built a new arena – a k a "The Dwight House" – for him and his team.

He knows he can make more money here. He knows he will be more loved here. He knows he would be more respected throughout sports if he became the anti- and made "The Right Decision."

And you know what else? He knows he can win here, too. The Magic aren't just some shabby, slipshod organization. They have the third-best record in the NBA over the last four years and are currently third in East with a 22-13 record. Imagine what they could be if Dwight committed to stay and actively recruited another superstar to come play with him.

But apparently Dwight wants something Orlando can't offer. He wants his freedom. He's young, charismatic and has a matinee idol smile. He wants to be a big star in a big market. He wants to play in L.A. for Hollywood's team or in New York for 's team. He wants to make movies and music. And if you were 26-year-old multi-millionaire maybe you would, too.

In a perfect world, Dwight would play out this season and become a free agent, but the Magic cannot let that happen. They cannot afford the PR hit they would take if they allowed another -like situation. Can you imagine the outcry from the fans who have poured their hearts and wallets into Dwight if he walked out and the Magic got nothing?

Sorry, kids.

All-Star Weekend is done.

The party's over.

Kiss Daddy good night and turn out the lights"

If, and it is a big if, Orlando gets fair or close to fair compensation they do need to make the deal.  If it is a bad deal and all they get are has-beens with overblown contracts Orlando needs to wait him out.  Taking marginal or over-the-hill players with huge contracts have already put Orlando in a bad position.  I say if the deal is bad or marginal keep him to the bitter end.  Then if he wants to leave he will have to sign for a reportedly lot less than Orlando could pay him.  It has been reported that if he is with Orlando past the deadline he will get 30 million less than he would with orlando when he signs with his new team. 

After all, when is it enough money?  Some superstars (not many) take less so their teams can keep or get good players who are good fits for their team.  Some players get booed out of town.  Not the case with Dwight.  Cleveland took a big hit as did New Orleans, but this will be our 2nd big hit (Shaq & Dwight).  I hated what Shaq did and I have always liked Howard more, but this is far worse than Shaq leaving.



Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 11:37 pm
 

Dwight Howard's mom wants him to stay with Magic

Why trade him? I'd rather be Cleveland with Kyrie Irving than Denver with Galinari which is basically what they have since Chandler and Felton are gone.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:19 pm
 

Dwight Howard's mom wants him to stay with Magic

Just nonsense. Moma wants Dwight to make tons of money. Moma says stuff to smooth things over but regardless, Howard is leaving. The only question is will Orlando be smart enough to assure talent returns to Orlando or do they let him walk for nothing. Give Dwight until March 8 to resign, if he won't, trade his @ss.



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:13 pm
 

Dwight Howard's mom wants him to stay with Magic

Listen to your momma


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