Earlier today, the NBA world received shocking news when ESPN's Ric Bucher reported that in order to get him to sign an extension, the Orlando Magic were willing to give star center Dwight Howard power regarding who was the team's coach and GM. In a dramatic role reversal, the player seemed to be put in charge over the front office.
This afternoon, Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel discussed a statement made by Magic CEO Alex Martins, who went on record that the only people who made those types of decisions were the team's ownership. Still, it makes you think.
Suppose certain A-list players did have that kind of power? Chances are that if a player wanted to be traded, some GMs would move a lot quicker since their jobs could be on the line. The same goes for coaches whose systems didn't match that star's playing style.
Either way, no matter how you look at it, there are some players in the game today who, if Bucher's initial report were true, could easily pull the strings on their teams.