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This is getting embarrassing.
It was ridiculous before when Dwight Howard was changing his mind every other day when asked the question of where he wanted to play, but it's gotten even more insane now that Howard has reportedly decided to demand a trade when the season comes to an end. This is coming from the player who said that he'd stay another year and wouldn't become a free agent until next summer.
This is a pathetic display of not only negotiating between outside sources and yourself, but also of a weak mental standing. Howard wanted to leave the Orlando Magic this entire team. He just didn't want to leave because he was afraid of the backlash that would occur from the Magic fanbase upon his departure.
He's been beloved his entire career and seems to be the type of player who would allow jeering to play a large negative part in his game.
Orlando fans should be satisfied by the time he leaves. Whether it's this summer or the next, they should be satisfied that they're losing a player who can't make up his mind, has turned your franchise into a mockery that's more suited to TMZ than ESPN and has yet to become the dominant center you expected him to become.
Twenty points per game for a player his size in this league? That's not nearly good enough when his biggest competition in the Eastern Conference is the likes of Joakim Noah and Tyson Chandler. All of the great centers were averaging at least 25 points per and that was against competition much more intense than the type that Howard is matched up against today.
Try and imagine Howard attempting the same hook shot against guys like Hakeem Olajuwon or Patrick Ewing. It certainly wouldn't be as successful as it is today.
He's the best rebounder and post defender in the league and his presence alone makes opposite teams change their entire offensive outlook, but he's simply not worth all of this trouble. Don't cry for him when he leaves, Magic fans. He's doing you a favor by taking you out of the negative public eye that he has created.
It will hurt, of course. You're losing a franchise player and no matter what you get back in return, it won't be enough to fill in the void of a 6'11" behemoth whose shoulders alone could have recorded two blocks per game.
However, it's completely embarrassing what Howard has done to the Magic this year. There was not one moment of ease and that includes when Dwight stated that he'd spend another year with the team. He didn't sign a long-term extension; all he did was prolong the waiting period another year. He could be doing the same mentally exhausting decision throughout next year for all we know.
LeBron James' decision lasted an hour and he was booed in every stadium, besides his home, for a year. Dwight Howard's decision ruined the entire 2011-12 Magic campaign. Think that the jeers will be just as plentiful, or even nonexistent?