Posts Tagged ‘Dwight Howard’

While the Mamba’s away, the mice will play. The Lakers are fighting for their playoff lives Wednesday against the Houston Rockets but that has not stopped Dwight Howard from thinking up new nicknames.

Kevin Ding has reported that Howard now wants to be called, “The Chocolate Mamba.”

I’m not sure how Kobe Bryant will receive the news but already many Lakers fans are not taking to the new name.

Howard has a long history of keeping things light and joking around but with so much on the line it seems a little ill timed to be thinking up new nicknames. Of course, if the Lakers get into the playoffs no one will think twice about the name. And if the Lakers win a championship Dwight can call himself whatever he wants.

But for tonight, the Chocolate Mamba better have a hell of a game and lead the Lakers into the playoffs.

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He’s going. He’s staying. He’s going. He’s staying. He wants the coach fired. He doesn’t want the coach fired. He’s going.

This is what we have had to put up with from (the soon-to-be-ex?) Orlando magic center Dwight Howard all season long. And we’re going to have to put up with it all summer, too.

It should come as no surprise that it is being reported that Dwight Howard wants out of Orlando. Again. Keep in mind that the Magic have fired head coach Stan Van Gundy (per Dwight’s request) and GM Otis Smith (probably per Dwight’s request, too). They have done all this just to appease their super diva center. And he’s still not happy.

If the Magic have any sense at all they will trade him as soon as possible. The longer Dwight stays, the more damage he can do to the organization. I have never seen a single player wreak havoc on an organization like this before. And that includes Terrell Owens and Latrell Sprewell.

It’s no secret that Howard desperately wants to play for the Brooklyn Nets. And if the NBA Lottery goes Brooklyn’s way, he may just get his wish.

The scenario goes like this; if the Nets win the Lottery (they have a 7.5% chance) they would trade the #1 pick plus some players to Orlando for Dwight Howard. That would make Brooklyn a contender with the duo of Deron Williams and Howard and the Magic could build around the presumptive #1 pick, Anthony Davis. Everybody wins.

The question is, will the NBA rig the lottery like they (allegedly) did for Michael Jordan and the Washington Wizards back in 2001?

For once I hope the fix is in because I don’t know how much more of the Dwight Howard saga I can take.

I have been watching the Dwight Howard Saga all season. As a Sports Blogger it was an interesting story. As a Lakers Fan I wanted to see if he was coming to LA. That was, of course, until Andrew Bynum started playing like the best center in the league. I became an objective observer at that point.

I watched Howard go from city to city and say how much he would like to play there. After a while it seemed like there WASN’T a city he didn’t want to play for (that is, except for Orlando).

He delivered to Magic management, a list of teams that he wanted to be traded to. And that list kept growing. After a while, it got to be tedious. Then it became embarrassing.

Everything came to a head yesterday when Howard said he was going to stay in Orlando through the end of the season and wanted the Magic to “roll the dice.”

It’s no secret what Dwight Howard is doing. He’s doing exactly what LeBron James did when he left Cleveland. Only Dwight is doing it in public. LeBron let the Cavaliers believe they had a chance to keep him so they wouldn’t trade him. That way, when he was a free agent he could go to a team that wasn’t completely gutted. Think about what Miami would have to have traded to get LeBron.

It’s no secret that Dwight wants to go to the soon to be Brooklyn Nets. The Nets would have to give up Brook Lopez and a few other players to get Howard. But if Dwight waits until July 1, when he is a free agent he can simply sign on the dotted line and call the movers. Of course the magic would be without a superstar and would have nothing in return. Just like the Cavs ended up.

And the Magic can’t really trade him either. He has stated that he would not sign an extension with a team to which he was traded. Who in their right mind would rent Howard for half a season, trade away big parts of their team, only to watch him walk out the door on July 1? I don’t see any team willing to take that risk.

So, in effect, Dwight Howard has destroyed the Orlando Magic for the foreseeable future.