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Dwight Howard : Why Superman Is the NBA’s Version of Brett Favre


ORLANDO – Thanks to the failed trade attempt of Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets, the on-going media coverage of Howard has made him the NBA’s version of Brett Favre.

With the recent bone-crushing release of the Freeh Report, which detailed the heinous sexual crimes committed by Jerry Sandusky under the late Joe Paterno’s blind watch at Penn State, the recent 1992 vs 2012 “Dream Team“ debate and the recent Kobe Bryant vs Kyrie Irving trash talk, Howard and his selfish need for attention has become a story all by himself.

Hoops fans in cities such as Cleveland, Houston, Los Angeles, Brooklyn and Charlotte have had to sit anxiously and wonder the fate of their respective teams in angst.

First it Brooklyn, then it’s Los Angeles and now it’s rumored to be Houston—and now—it’s Los Angeles again.

At this point many basketball fans are like “Who cares!”

All of this media hoopla for a career 58 percent free-throw shooter, who would shoot 49.1 percent from the free throw line in the 2011-12 season?


Howard, who would average a double-double in scoring 18.4 points and 12.9 rebounds is the most dominant big man in the NBA today, but is he worth mortgaging a perspective team’s future in the form of bad contracts and future first-round picks?

Is he better to or equal to Lakers center Andrew Bynum, who already has an NBA title?


While the player known around the league as “Superman” is more know for his dominant play in the low post and his awe-inspiring dunks, Howard—and how he is handling himself—in this whole process is proving to be his own proverbial kryptonite.

It doesn’t take Clark Kent to figure out that Howard overplayed his hand when he decided to opt in, by signing a new long-term deal with the Magic, despite the wishes of his agent and close friends to do otherwise.

Howard would hurt himself further in the eyes of many in requesting that Orlando fire coach Stan Van Gundy, which the Magic did do, and then after the Magic decided to part ways with general manager Otis Smith, he decides demand a trade with new general manager, Rob Hennigan?

The way Howard has been going about things, it sounds like Superman needs some business advice for Lex Luthor.

Which brings me back to Favre.

Favre, as many Green Bay Packers fans will groan in unison, would cement his legacy by infamously waffling on coming out of retirement, after anguishing in public about no longer having the desire to play again.


Well, losing to Eli Manning and the New York Giants on your home field after throwing an interception in the NFC Championship Game in overtime will make anyone feel dejected.

But as we all know, Favre’s every movement would be followed with the fervor of the paparazzi. Favre would eventually play for that other football team in signing with the New York Jets.

After playing for one season, Favre would again go into retirement, stating similar reasons as he did in Green Bay, and again NFL fans would be subjected to a constant barrage of Favre in the media not seen since the O.J. Simpson murder trial, before finally signing with the Minnesota Vikings.

While Favre did not specifically request to be traded to a particular team the way Howard has, his indecisiveness about retirement and self-absorption mirrors Howard’s wishy-washy commitment to stay in Orlando in many ways.

If one wishes to be traded, a team will do the best to accommodate that player, when a player of Howard’s stature demands to be traded to a team such as Brooklyn—a team that does not have enough assets to satisfy the Magic’s insane demands—it just makes for bad comedy and not a drama worth watching.

Even Lois Lane can tell you that.

Robert D. Cobb is the NBA Network Manager for Rant Media Network, Featured Writer of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Featured Columnist for the Cleveland Browns and Arsenal Gunners.

In addition to covering the NBA, I also cover MLB, NFL, NHL and Champions League soccer news, rumors and opinions, please follow me on Twitter at @RobertCobb_76