Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Pleasing the Big Man Will Not Bring Orlando Success

Louis HamweyAnalyst IIIMarch 13, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 21: Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic argues a call during a preseason game against the Miami Heat at Amway Center on December 21, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Dwight Howard saga has taken an unprecedented turn as the Orlando Magic is now reported to be letting the All-Star make decisions in the front office.

 This however, will only lead to their continued failure on the court.

ESPN.com reports that the front office is going to extraordinary measures to hold on to their superstar:

One source close to the situation told ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher that the Magic have promised Howard that they will add a quality player before Thursday's deadline and that Howard can decide the fate of both GM Otis Smith and coach Stan Van Gundy at the end of the season if he signs an extension.

The idea that Howard could hold out until the promise of bringing in more talent to surround him is realized is nothing new in the league. But the idea that he will be able to influence movements in the front office is letting him tread on ground he has no right or substantial background in.

Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy has been nothing but critical of Howard’s actions both on and off the court. He routinely bashes the game’s best big man as it is his character to always look for ways to improve.

A style that worked in his early days of managing is not as feasible any more with the pampered stars that dot the league today.

Ultimately, he is still the coach and deserves to be respected accordingly. As soon as they allow Howard to call the shots on who will be coaching he and the team, they might as well concede all control over to him.

It is a dangerous precedent that will implies every time he does not get his way, he can simply threaten and boycott until he is allowed to coerce the franchise to his liking.

You may argue that two all-time greats such as Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant have done this before and you would be correct. But Howard is nowhere near that level.

Just as Van Gundy needs to be treated as the man in charge, Howard needs to be treated just like the hundreds of other players throughout the league without a ring.

For further evidence of the destructive nature that can come about through excessive player power, just take a look across the pond at the London based football club Chelsea FC.

This season, they fired a young manager who was brought into to rebuild the team, but was having trouble because of the ultra-egos of the veteran players.

Upset over lack of playing time, these veterans complained to the point where the front office lost over $80 million dollars in appeasing the whims of these players, sacking the coach and setting back the future of the club for at least another season.

It is one thing to listen to and respect your team’s players, but as soon as you cede power to them in decision making off the court, it will never be a positive result back on it.


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