It pains me to say this. It really, truly does.
But Dwight Howard must thoroughly think through his options and take as much time as he needs before signing with a potential suitor this summer.
Listen, we all know how dreadful it can be when an all-star center is forced to make a decision. He undoubtedly craves attention and, as we learned last year during his long, drawn-out move from the Orlando Magic to the Los Angeles Lakers, he flip-flops more than a fish out of a water.
The constant rumors and speculation are annoying. The back and forth is annoying. The endless Howard "updates" on SportsCenter are annoying. It's all annoying.
As exhilarating, talented and fun to watch as Dwight Howard is on the court, his moniker off it—Dwightmare—can be just as bad.
The idea of him extending his free agency any number of days, weeks or months past July first is undoubtedly a frustrating one for fans who check the daily sports headlines. And from the sound of it, that's exactly what's going to happen:
With the Lakers hoping for a swift decision from Dwight Howard on his free agency this summer, the All-Star center has given no indication he will rush the process and has privately indicated he plans to give strong consideration to multiple teams, league sources told CBSSports.com.
But when I was asked to give my thoughts on this topic, I decided to try to play fair—not just come out and say, "BOO DWIGHT HOWARD."
I decided to attempt to put myself in his abnormally large shoes and think rationally.
How should Dwight Howard approach free agency this summer?
And this is the conclusion I came to: If I was Dwight Howard—or any NBA superstar—deciding where I was going to spend the majority of the next four or five years of my life, wouldn't I want to think it through completely from every possible angle? Wouldn't I not want to be rushed by angered fans who have little impact on the decision? Moreover, wouldn't I not care about those angered fans?
The best NBA players make oodles and oodles of money doing something that many of us wish we could do for a living. As such, no one has any sympathy for them.
But a decision like this still can't be easy to make. It's a decision that has the potential to both positively and negatively affect a lot of people.
While it likely won't make anyone happy, Howard must ignore the critics and do what he does best.
Take his time.