I am disappointed.
I am disgusted.
I am perplexed.
What has gotten into you people?!
When I heard the news this morning, I was shocked, and disbelief would not do justice in describing my reactions.
Los Angeles, are you aware that we are possibly facing a historical moment not only in Lakers history, but in all of NBA history as well?
The addition of Dwight Howard would give the Lakers one of the greatest, if not the greatest team of all time!
I can only imagine John Ireland's voice over the radio:
Nash with the ball..bounce pass to Kobe. He passes it back to Nash who gets the screen from Howard. Howard rolls to the basket...here comes the lob..Gasol with the slam dunk! Oh my, Howard just got the lob in mid air and lobbed it off to Gasol..what a finish!
You must all realize that Showtime is at our fingertips; Lakers basketball is on the verge of being magical again!
But, how will this come to fruition if Dwight Howard gets booed while enjoying a Dodgers game in the very city he has become open to playing for?!
Per Arash Markazi of ESPN LA via Twitter:
Dwight Howard is in the same suite he was last time at Dodger Stadium with the same extensive security detail.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) August 4, 2012
Dwight Howard was shown on the Dodger Stadium video board but he immediately turned his back as the crowd booed.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) August 4, 2012
For the amount of times Howard has changed his mind on Orlando, why is Los Angeles giving him a reason to change his mind on us?
This should not be so!
And, if you are even thinking of going on an Andrew Bynum tirade, let's take the words from Magic Johnson's mouth as he could not have said it any better (per T.J Simers of The Los Angeles Times):
"I think Bynum is not going to reach his potential."
"Dwight is better than Bynum," he said. "Everybody knows that."
People of Los Angeles, instead of hating Dwight Howard because of the cruel things ESPN would have you believe about him, take a step back and look at the facts!
In his final meeting with Orlando GM Rob Hennigan, he has made it abundantly clear he wants out, and not only that, we are at the top of his list!
As recalled by agent Dan Fegan, present in the final meeting, who later spilled the details of Howard's words to the media:
1. "Trade me to the Lakers now."
2. "Trade me to the Nets in January."
3. "Keep me around, and I'll become a Maverick in July."
It is with incredible urge that I make the following suggestion:
If you care to see the best Lakers basketball of your lifetime and if you desire to witness a Lakers parade next summer, cheer Dwight Howard if you happen to run into him around L.A.
Let him know he is wanted and desired in Los Angeles!
Start a revolution - Tack "We Want You In L.A, Dwight!" posters all over Los Angeles. Root for him louder than you cheer for the beloved Dodgers. Stalk him to his rehab facility and hand him a Dwight Howard Lakers jersey with his number 12 stitched to it. Do whatever it takes!
And, whatever you do, make your voice an instrument that would usher a new era into Los Angeles.
Certainly, Howard will take notice, as will Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss.
This is all-or-nothing, do-or-die time when it comes to our Lakers. Kobe is on his final steps, Nash is pursuing his first ring and the people of this great city should be chasing Dwight Howard.
Join the fight, Lakers' history depends on it.