Friday, July 20, 2012
The All-Star is undoubtedly a Hall of Famer by the numbers, and he is capable of putting a team on his back and taking them to the Finals, making him one of, if not the most valuable player available on the trading block in the last five years. He has stated his desire to play in a big market, as most NBA players do, but has limited his choices to only one team, the Brooklyn Nets. The Magic's new GM is more than happy to comply with Howard's demands, as would anyone in his situation, and has looked to trade with multiple teams. While the Lakers have been in talks for nearly a year, and the Nets have offered injury prone center Brooke Lopez and three first round picks, no deal has been reached at the time of this writing. I would honestly send him to basketball purgatory- a team stuck in rebuilding mode- like the horrible Charlotte Bobcats. There, he would be the only player worth watching, and all the attention would be him, and in the end, that's all he wanted and more. I would send him to California, not to the Lakers or Clippers, but Golden State, another team stuck in rebuilding mode and seemingly a million years away from contending.
In conclusion, Dwight Howard used to be one of my favorite players, but only now has his selfish, greedy, and ultimately narcissistic personality come to light. His self-inflicted suffering is not only the worst depiction of an unhappy athlete in recent memory, but also an accurate description of what professional athletics is coming to. Holdouts, opt outs, and escalators are ruining the games we love. Gone are the days of playing out your contract and showing up for practice day in, day out, and not complaining. Howard and his peers play games for millions, yet they demand more payment for winning the genetic lottery. Gone are the days of sports being sports. Gone are the days I care about athletes claiming to be underpaid. Gone are the days I care.
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