Breaking Down Why Dwight Howard's 'Dwightmare' Was Worse Than LeBron's Decision

Peter Emerick@@peteremerickSenior Writer IIJuly 8, 2013

Feb 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Eastern Conference forward LeBron James (6) of the Miami Heat and forward Chris Bosh (1) of the Miami Heat and Western Conference center Dwight Howard (12) of the Los Angeles Lakers react during the first half of the 2013 NBA All-Star Game at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Everyone should get the week off for dealing with yet another episode in the Dwight Howard saga more aptly known as the "Dwightmare."

I don't think Howard even knew where he was going to sign up until the moment he sent out this tweet, but if there's one thing we've learned about Howard, it's that his decision-making abilities aren't the best.

Comparing the most recent "Dwightmare" to LeBron James' "The Decision" is a tough task, but it's something that has to be done.

There are a few reasons why Howard's debacle was worse than LeBron's decision to take his talents to South Beach, and the first one is that this wasn't his first go around with creating needless amounts of drama.

I'm a fan of second chances, and Howard threw his right out the window.

First, he demanded his way out of Orlando and put the Magic, as a franchise, in an instant rebuilding position.

Well, let's take a trip a bit further into in the past. Before he weaseled his way out of Orlando, he also reportedly played a major role in the firing of then-head coach Stan Van Gundy.

Giving up on a franchise is bad enough, but putting an end to the tenure of a head coach who just got his team to the NBA Finals three years prior is worse.

Let's now focus on this past season and Howard's interesting offseason. 

While a lot of Howard's struggles were attributed to his continual issues with his back, there's no doubt he displayed his biggest weaknesses—adjusting to change, fitting into a new system and getting along with teammates.

Sure, getting along with Kobe Bryant and his ego isn't an easy task, but it never looked like Howard was willing to turn up the level of seriousness in his personality to adapt to the Black Mamba.

If his inability to "play nicely" with the Lakers wasn't bad enough, he also put up his worst regular-season averages since the 2006-07 season, with 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds per game.

When you're viewed as the most dominant center in the game, that kind of production isn't going to cut it.

Above all else, we saw what makes Howard such a basket case at times: He continually thinks the world needs to revolve around him.

That kind of mentality held him back in Orlando and Los Angeles. If that doesn't change, it will do the same in Houston, because he has to contend with James Harden for attention, and he has to win over the man whose job he took—Omer Asik.

While teams needing an All-Star center played into the "Dwight Howard is the Holy Grail" mentality, Howard certainly didn't do anything to put a stop to it.

Howard is like a teenager trapped in a 27-year-old's body, because he seems to be a fan of all of the attention. If he wasn't a fan of the attention, he would either (a) do something to stop it, or (b) approach his free agency in a different manner.

Let's just break down the full "Dwightmare" one more time sequentially for easy reading:

(1) Demanded trade from Orlando Magic

(2) Played a role in Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith's firings

(3) Took his talents to the L.A. Lakers after giving up on Orlando

(4) Looked like he gave about 55 percent out on the floor for the Lake Show

(5) Didn't get along with Lakers teammates

(6) Didn't help Mike Brown retain his job as Lakers' head coach

(7) Took his talents to Houston after teasing the Lakers with a 50-50 perspective

That's an abbreviated look at the "Dwightmare," and when you compare it to LeBron's "The Decision," everything falls right into perspective. 

Sure, LeBron "quit" on his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, but he gave them all he had while getting nothing in the form of talent in return from the franchise.

Whether or not you agree with the airing of The Decision, it raised $2.5 million for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. That's a convenient fact a lot of people often overlook. 

And there's one more thing: LeBron backed up the "best in the world" mentality by taking the Miami Heat to three straight NBA Finals and winning back-to-back NBA titles.

It's interesting when you stop and break down both situations isn't it? 


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