Dwight Howard: The Orlando Magic Star Is Losing His Superstar Status

Joye PruittSenior Analyst IDecember 22, 2011

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Predicting the dethroning of a superstar is something that should not come lightly. But, if there is even a notion of it, then he/she is undeserving.

That is what is happening with Dwight Howard during this sham of an NBA divorce from the Orlando Magic.

Have you ever found yourself tired of talking about Kobe Bryant?

Even as much as you hate him, are you ever just sick of hearing about LeBron James?

What about Kevin Durant or Derrick Rose?

These are all superstars that never fail to draw the amount of attention a top-notch celebrity does and they remain as polarizing as their first moments in the league. There is sometimes a greater alluring quality about their presence that makes them more valuable than they once were.

You either love to praise them or love to bash them. Either way, you have no problem in engaging in a heated debate to puncture or defend either of the aforementioned men.

But, I have actually gotten sick and tired of hearing Dwight Howard’s name and all of his future possible destinations. An almost-close-but-no-cigar deal that would land Dwight Howard in Brooklyn was supposed to be the last stop.

He was going to join Deron Williams after a three-team trade and everything would be signed, sealed and delivered by this past Tuesday. As the idea of it has slipped through our fingers, we are left to decide whether or not we still care what happens to the league’s great center.

I’m going to take a personal poll and infer that I do not.

I will care once he signs an extension, but as of now, the news is getting very tiring.

The exhibition games are supposed to be much more exciting than they ever have been, seeing as how fans have been foaming at the mouth for some type of hardwood fix.

Hell, if the LA Clippers can be relevant again, even the most beleaguered franchises can reap the benefits of an overextended lockout.

However, the Magic are becoming unwatchable, aided by Dwight's flip-flopping status as a member of the team moving forward.

In their two preseason games against Miami, we were far from entertained.

Granted, it is the preseason and franchises are allowed to be a little sloppy due to a stretched and inactive offseason, but in the first matchup, Orlando was unkempt to say the least.

In the second going, they showed promise, but that is not new for Stan Van Gundy's crew.

They have always been at least a decent team in the Howard era—not doing too much to be recognized and doing just enough to be credited.

Howard's contract issues are just making this team even more of an afterthought. 

We have already put Howard out of our minds as a member of the Orlando Magic but without a landing strip elsewhere, he just hangs in the balance of our thoughts. We still kind of care, but not really.

Just stick him somewhere and go about the business of basketball.

It will only help his dulling persona and allow Orlando to begin moving on.

They have done it once. They can surely do it again.

Without the assistance of their once-upon-a-time superstar, that is.