According to the Jackson Sun, Howard finds himself in the same company as NFL bounty developer Gregg Williams and cheating cyclist Lance Armstrong as a member of GQ's "The Least Influential People of 2012."
Hoops World's Alex Kennedy shares with us a memorable quote from the GQ piece, tweeting:
GQ put Dwight Howard on Least Influential List: "In a just world, he'll hurt his knee and doctors will take 17 months to make a diagnosis."— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) November 28, 2012
Howard put every NBA GM, VP, coach, player, fan, floor sweeper and parking lot attendant through the ringer in 2012 by demanding a trade out of Orlando. And then saying he wanted to stay. And then requesting a trade to Brooklyn. And then signing an extension with the Magic. And then getting his coach fired. And then meeting Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash in a neutral location to create (over margaritas) a diabolical plan to run the Western Conference.
Alright, so maybe I went a little far with that last one, but everything I said up until that point was true.
You can't blame GQ for bashing Howard, as his long—and mainly annoying—saga with the Magic often trumped more important headlines in the sports world.
Even when Howard was finally shipped away from Orlando and asked never, ever, ever to return again, he wouldn't commit to a long-term deal with his new squad, which still has to irk Lakers fans.
Jim Buss & Co. rolled out the red carpet for Dwight only for him to slap the organization in the face and say "we'll see" to a contract extension.
All over the world, parents are raising their children to consider whatever Dwight Howard would do in any given situation, and then urge them to do the opposite—and rightly so.
Lakers fans can only hope that Howard will begin to influence his team, as Los Angeles sports a 7-8 record and is already on its second coach this season.
Also on the list from the sports world are Gregg Williams, Lance Armstrong, Ryan Lochte, Bobby Valentine and Hulk Hogan.
Who's No. 1 you ask?
That'd be United States President-elect failure, Mitt Romney.
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