Superman … The Whore of Orlando

Posted: March 23, 2012 by centennialsports in Hoops

By Matt Parker

Notice the poster doesn't say Loyalty on it?

Well Dwight, you’ve really painted yourself in to a cornernow.

After months of speculation, Dwight Howard chose not to opt-out of the final year of his contract and stay with the Orlando Magic for one more year.

The deadline day announcement was met with excitement and relief in Orlando as they desperately try to hold on to their superstar.

Those poor people.

All this does is delay the inevitable. He can do it all over again next year, flip-flopping on whether to stay or go, and flirting with other teams like a drunken 50 year-old divorcee.

At his press conference he used the words loyalty and respect like they were punch-lines. His actions over the last year show that he knows little about these traits. Reports had him changing his mind several times that day, refusing to sign the waiver that would keep him in Orlando for the 2012-2013 season until the very last minute. The chances of Orlando convincing him to stay long term seems about as likely as this guy finishing his novel….

It’s pretty obvious that Howard loves the attention, but he’s walking a very thin line here. If he misplays his hand, that booming smile of his will inspire images of the Grinch planning his raid on Who-ville.

There is no doubt this will be the turning point of his career. This is his one chance to cement a legacy and keep his reputation intact where others before him have failed.

After what he has put that city through , not staying in Orlando would make him worse than Lebron, Bosh, Carmelo, and

Proud Miami Heat supporter

Nickleback combined.

At least Lebron and Bosh didn’t slut themselves around for two years knowing perfectly well they weren’t coming back. At least Carmelo was up front about his intentions and the Nuggets were able to get good value for their prized asset. At least Nickleback……yeeeeah I got nothing there.

It’s not like Orlando hasn’t been through this before. Shaq left for the bright lights of L.A. in 1996, and they had to endure the torture of watching him lead the Lakers to a three-peat.

They couldn’t let this happen again could they?

Management has abandoned any sense of pride and dignity in their attempts to woo Howard. They consult him on trades, coaching decisions, they call him every day to reinforce their desire to keep him.

What could be more pathetic? Maybe a late night drunk-dial begging him to stay?

Oh yeah, that happened too.

Former Magic CEO Bob Vander Weide resigned after drunk-dialing Howard in the wee hours of the morning begging him to stay. You can’t make this stuff up.

Orlando isn’t the only city affected by Howard’s indecisiveness. Teams like the Lakers, Bulls, and Nets, have pursued him for over a year now.

The Nets built a new building in Brooklyn and traded away a king’s ransom to bring in Deron Williams from Utah. Howard was supposed to be the last piece of a championship contender. Now he can’t make up his mind, Williams can opt out after this year, and the team is facing the prospect of moving into the biggest market in the league with Brook Lopez as their star attraction … and that idea has the same success possibilities as this did…

He controls the fate of many people, and is capable of changing the entire landscape of the NBA. As the game’s best center, he can turn any team into a legitimate contender or bring the Magic organization to its knees.

To Orlando, Howard is like that really hot girl you once dated that you might let flirt a little because in the end, you knew she was coming home with you. Your friends told you she was no good, but you didn’t listen. You were blinded by the glitter and status. So after she leaves you for someone else and you’re left with nothing, all alone in your room wondering how you could have been so stupid, all you can do is just shake your head and mutter “what a whore”.

That is all.

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