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A Brief History of How Dwight Howard Lost the Respect of the NBA World

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A Brief History of How Dwight Howard Lost the Respect of the NBA World
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Ladies and gentlemen, our long national Dwightmare is...well...probably far from over.

Dwight Howard is still a member of the Orlando Magic, but he's made it clear (for the umpteenth time) that he wants out, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Whether he gets his way sooner rather than later remains to be seen. New Magic GM Rob Hennigan doesn't seem particularly inclined to budge before he's found the perfect deal for Dwight.

As well he shouldn't. After all, Howard is one of the two or three most valuable players in the league, and more importantly, Orlando still has all the leverage in this situation, thanks to Dwight's decision this past March to opt into the final year of his contract.

Not that this makes the ongoing soap opera any more pleasant or palatable to the basketball-observing public. Fans and commentators alike have grown tired of hearing the persistent flow of news-like drivel from all corners of the world of anonymous sources.

Maybe Dwight will join the Los Angeles Lakers before the start of the season...or be traded to the Houston Rockets...or wait to move to the Brooklyn Nets in January...or sign with the Dallas Mavericks in free agency next summer.

Or maybe he'll retire, and we can all stop talking about him.

In the meantime, while Dwight and Hennigan are busy sorting out this nonsense, let's take a walk down memory lane (the stretch that nobody likes to traverse) and try to figure out how, in the name of Carmelo Anthony, Superman went from being one of the most widely adored players in the NBA to one of the most reviled.

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