Dwight Howard: Detailing 11 off-the-Court Steps That Destroyed His Reputation

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Dwight Howard: Detailing 11 off-the-Court Steps That Destroyed His Reputation
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Dwight Howard's image has been severely tarnished over the past couple of seasons. It didn't happen overnight, and it didn't happen from any one event. 

A gregarious, approachable and genuinely funny guy with a strong philanthropic track-record, Howard was one of the NBA's most popular figures from 2004 until about 2010.

From the moment he was drafted out of high school, he became synonymous with an Orlando Magic franchise (and city) that desperately wanted their next Shaquille O'Neal to love them equally back.

By making them relevant again, and even bringing the Magic back to the NBA Finals in 2009, Howard nearly did just that.

Yet today Howard is arguably more reviled than LeBron James. He's now routinely described as a petulant, spoiled and selfish traitor who threw his coach, team and city under the bus. 

Unlike James however, there was no "Decision" that changed our perception overnight. Instead, Dwight's "nice-guy" image has been cracking slowly over the past couple of years.

That it all came crumbling down now is due to a process, rather than any singular moment or demand.

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