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5 Options For Dwight Howard’s 2014 New Year’s Resolution

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5 Options for Dwight Howard’s 2014 New Year’s Resolution

Happy New Year's Dwight Howard
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Out with the old and in with the new, or so they say. Another year is coming to a close, and so it is high time for all of us to reflect upon the years past and gaze into the days ahead.

The year of 2013 was filled with triumphs and failures, rises and falls, and plenty of hilarious moments in between. Dwight Howard is no stranger to any of these. He signed a lucrative new contract with a new team, his third in a little over a year, but he endured some troubling times along the way.

What turned out to be a dark period with the Los Angeles Lakers was supposed to be a resurgence that absolved his rocky exit from the Orlando Magic organization. Now he has (hopefully) found his peaceful and joyous home in Houston alongside James Harden and Jeremy Lin. Not only are Howard and the Houston Rockets winning plenty of basketball games this season, but they are playing considerably better than the Lakers and Dwight’s most recent nemesis, Kobe Bryant.

Whether the wins continue to pile up or the Rockets take a turn for the worse, Howard has plenty to reflect on and plenty to improve heading into 2014. He should have plenty of options when choosing his new year’s resolution this Dec. 31. Regardless of what he decides, here are five options for Howard to pick from.

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5. I Will Not Alienate My Coach

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Until the beginning of the end of Howard's reign in Orlando, he was widely viewed as one of the nicest guys in the league. Now, he has clashed with his last two coaches, and fans of both teams counted down the days of a Howard-less roster.

He used the media to have a very public dispute with then-Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy, who Howard allegedly personally asked to have fired. After finally getting his wish to leave Orlando himself, he never saw eye-to-eye with Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni. If he wants to cultivate his positive image again, he will do all he can to remain amicable with whoever is in the big chair from now on.

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4. I Will Shoot Free Throws With My Eyes Closed

Dwight Howard
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Back in October, the Houston Chronicle reported that Howard beat James Harden in a blind free throw contest, sinking 8-of-10 from the line with his eyes closed. It is a well-known fact that Howard has had his share of difficulties at the charity stripe, but apparently his greatest obstacle is all in the eyes. He has spent several years in the NBA, but has yet to post a reasonable free throw percentage. Perhaps it is time to try a new approach.

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3. Eye Will Think Be Four Eye Tweet

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Howard has had a number of his exploits on Twitter make the news, but none were quite as large of a flub as his infamous Tweet from May 9 when he published this gem:

The ill-advised Tweet sent the web into a meme frenzy at Howard’s expense. Considering the tumultuous background in Howard’s life at the time, it could not have happened at a much worse time.

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2. I Will Find A New Nickname

Dwight Howard
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Superman? Really, Howard? Nothing makes you look like more of a tool than choosing a superhero’s name for your nickname, especially when you aren’t even the first athlete to slap yourself with the moniker. For all the flack he has given the media in the past about how he is not following Shaquille O’Neal’s footsteps, it sure is curious that he has allowed and embraced the same nickname that Shaq used throughout his career.

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1. I Will.. I Mean, I Won't... Wait! I Will...

Dwight Howard
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It may have been a few years ago, but Howard will never be able to live down the way he handled his final years in Orlando. First, he aired how discontented he was and demanded a trade to the Brooklyn Nets. Then, he changed his mind and decided to opt in to the final year of his contract before having another change of heart and making his final year in Orlando one full of nothing but friction and lackadaisical effort.