Ladies and gentleman, the sideshow that is the Dwight Howard free agency watch has begun and just like you expected, the saga begins with absolutely nothing worth talking about.
Look, we all were tortured by the constant wavering by both the Orlando Magic and Howard last season, but now we have a full offseason to talk about where the diva will be playing basketball in 2013. Howard spoke after the last game of the season and pretty much admitted his self-centered ways saying “I’m going to do what’s best for myself.” This sets such a great precedent for his trip to the NBA open market, does it not?
Howard said on Sunday that he has given “strong consideration” to signing with both the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks. As I was saying, this statement definitely falls in the categories of painfully obvious and annoying.
My guess is that Howard will return to his hometown and temporarily find his happiness with the Atlanta Hawks, but that is merely a shot in the dark at this point. He has shown us all just how unpredictable he really can be. Now to be fair, the production from Howard in 2013 was impressive with 12.4 rebounds a game and a respectable 17.1 points per game.
Bashing Howard’s play on the floor is incredibly unfair and just flat out ignorant, yet the issue remains what is in fact between his ears and why he loves the spotlight so much. If Howard hibernated during the offseason and didn’t say a word to anyone, he probably would be universally well liked for his ability to transcend a basketball game. Instead, the dominant seven-footer drags us along on a drama-filled adventure.