Dwight Howard and His Greedy Ways Are Ruining the NBA

Steven SlivkaCorrespondent IIIJuly 10, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28: Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic looks on against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 28, 2012 in New York City. 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 Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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As Dwight Howard appears to be the closest he's ever been to becoming a Brooklyn Net, can everybody just sit back and see how his decision affects the rest of the NBA?

It's ridiculous how a single player, no matter the amount of talent he may possess, can single-handedly dictate how a team runs its organization.

Whatever words came out of Howard's mouth when he dismissed the fact he had anything to do with Stan Van Gundy getting fired are complete fabrications.

His mockery of Van Gundy during an interview in practice shows Howard's immaturity and complete lack of respect for him.

In a world where a big-name player can shun his coach away on a constant basis for the sake of disagreement is just another step in the wrong direction.

Although today, it seems to be the norm.

With Van Gundy out of the picture, it would seem as though Howard got what he wanted.

But not so fast, everybody. Apparently firing Van Gundy wasn't enough for the All-Star center, and just when the Magic organization felt it was enough to keep their franchise player in town, he tells them he wants to go to Brooklyn, and he won't have it any other way.

It's a horrible situation when the player becomes bigger than the game.

It's even worse when a solid coach loses his job for that player, who ultimately decides to skip town when it's all said and done anyway.

At this point in time, despite all of the accomplishments Howard has made on the court, his miserly ways and the disaster he's left in Orlando once this trade goes through will always be a part of whatever his "legacy" is.

But what if it doesn't work out in Brooklyn?

Maybe it takes three or four years for them to be taken seriously by the rest of the league and they fail to make the postseason?

Howard then starts complaining some more, and before you know it they're right back at square one.

Obviously this is too far ahead in the future to make a bold prediction, but it's never too early to prepare for the worst.

And right now, in the grand scheme of things where a player becomes bigger than the game, the worst isn't too far away.