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Dwight Howard was at the height of his popularity in the 2008-2009 season, during which he led the Orlando Magic to the NBA Finals before they eventually fell to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Now, Howard will be playing for the Lakers in the 2011-2012 season, and likely beyond it. Howard's fall from being one of the most well liked stars in the NBA to basketball's biggest villain has been a swift one.
Howard understandably became frustrated with the Magic when they did not make improvements in the last few seasons, and many believed he would opt out of the final year of his player option and move on this offseason.
However, Howard never gave a solid straight answer about what he wanted to do. He was constantly changing his mind, and when he did make demands, he was so specific in the teams he would accept a trade to that it was impossible for Orlando to get anywhere close to equal value for him.
Through it all, Howard basically was responsible for getting both his head coach and GM fired in an attempt to keep him after he had amended his contract to stay with the Magic, only to ask to be traded yet again.
Howard's constant flip-flopping was more than most politicians, and his treatment of the Magic organization was seen by many as dreadful.
Howard may be amended if he wins big in LA, but many will never get over Howard's behavior over the last year, and he is easily the NBA's biggest villain right now.