Dwight Howard finally got his wish on Monday as the Orlando Magic fired Stan Van Gundy. Van Gundy was an unfortunate pawn in a game of chess between the Magic and Howard. The Magic desperately want Howard to sign a long term contract, which means they need to tend to his every whim. Howard didn’t like Van Gundy, so he’s gone. However, this puts the spotlight right on Superman’s shoulders.
Dwight Howard has seen his legacy take a hit over the last six months or so. He was seen as a big goofball who loved basketball, but that perception is slowly changing. Many people, like me, believe that Howard is nothing more than a brat who is desperate to get his own way.
The ball is now in Howard’s court. The Magic have gotten rid of Van Gundy and will probably replace him with someone that Dwight Howard wants. That is a double edged sword because Howard is only under contract for the 2012-2013 season. There is a good chance that he walks away from Orlando and they find themselves in lottery hell for the next couple of years.
To me, the legacy of Dwight Howard will be determined next year. He can show up, play hard, and re-up in Orlando. That is the best scenario for everyone, sans Van Gundy. However, I can’t shake the feeling that Howard is going to put us through the Carmelo Anthony saga, part three. I guess I could call it the Dwight Howard saga, part two, but that seems repetitive.
What is it going to be Dwight? Do you stay in Orlando and somewhat fix your shattered reputation? Do you leave the city on awful terms and napalm all the good will that you built up? It is time for Dwight Howard to grow up and act like a man instead of an overgrown child.