Now that the Dwight Howard soap opera is in reruns (for now), it's time for the All-Star center to get to the next item on his to-do list: repairing his image.
While the man is definitely talented and one of the best at his position, if not the best period, fans now view him as a prima donna who stirs up trouble when he doesn't get his way, a personality no NBA fan appreciates. Thus, as the new season dawns, Howard has a lot to prove to his new teammates and fans about why he isn't really the spoiled brat we all saw last season.
In fact, having a great season after a year in which one had to deal with some bad PR can be the ultimate blessing for some players. Just look at LeBron James last season. He was heavily criticized for not coming through late in games for the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals, and how did he come back from that?
He took home his third MVP trophy in 2012 and carried the team on his back not just throughout the season but in the NBA Finals and the entire playoffs.
In other cases, what about players who have gotten lucrative new contracts despite being oft-injured, inexperienced or away from the game? No matter how you look at it, some players have quite a bit to prove next season if they are to stay in the fans' good graces.