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Dwight Howard on playing for the Heat: 'Never'

Posted on: July 26, 2011 8:34 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 10:11 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliverdwight-howard

Orlando Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard has done his best to keep his options open as he slowly approaches free agency.

All of his options, apparently, except for one.

ESPN.com reports that Howard, speaking at a comic convention, has ruled out one NBA team as a possible destination: the 2011 Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat.
What about the Lakers? "That's everybody's question," he told the "Kick" audience. "I am wearing purple … but that's Rock's outfit."

The Heat? "Never."

Stay with the Magic or leave for free agency? "At this point, I don't know what I'm going to do. I'm just enjoying life and taking advantage of being young and being able to travel and do the things that I've always wanted to do."

Howard has added plenty of fuel to the battle for NBA supremacy in Florida since LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh decided to team up in South Beach. He's mocked James' chalk toss, made fun of his hairline and criticized The Decision, to name three obvious examples.

But this blunt dismissal of the Heat is no idle trash talk or laughing matter. Howard seems to be expressing a philosophical difference between himself and his rivals to the south.

It's an interesting stance for him to take, considering that it's his expressed desire to win a title and a trade to the Heat for one of their Big 3 would represent a very, very good way for Howard to reach a ring.

But Howard wants to be the alpha dog. He craves and seeks attention, clearly isn't interested in following someone else's path and, perhaps more than anything, is smart enough to pander to Magic fans. Howard going to the hated Heat is their worst nightmare and he's still got to play out his current contract, after all. 
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Since: Dec 3, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 11:38 pm
 

Dwight Howard on playing for the Heat: 'Never'

I'd prefer not to have Howard anyway, he'll never be the player that Shaq was.  I'll agree that Lebron has been inconsistent in the playoffs (NBA Finals 2011), but Howard has been no better. Dwight is going to break the bank and I think he'll probably consider the Nets if D. Williams stays there, especially if there's a hard cap.  The Bulls are likely not going to do anything drastic since they are only a few pieces away from a title.  It's just hilarious how everyone is already jumping on the D. Howard bandwagon since he's stated that he's going to stay in Orlando.  It's probably because he has no choice right now, let's see what happens when he becomes a free agent.  And btw, he's not going to Cleveland, Jordan couldn't even win a title for that town.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 7:38 pm
 

Dwight Howard on playing for the Heat: 'Never'


We'll welcome you with open arms in Big D and you can actually play for a real TEAM!

Cmon down to Texas, and play with us awhile Superman!!

_______________________--

You have had your one year of glory-that is it for Dallas 



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:24 pm
 

Dwight Howard on playing for the Heat: 'Never'

Someone might have said this already-I haven't gone thru all the posts. But, if Howard wanted to be the big dog and wanted to do it on his own with a supporting cast, then he should stay in Orlando. If he goes to LA or Chicago, he would simply be joining other elite players in search of a ring, just like LeBron did. In LA, he would be second fiddle to Kobe, even though Kobe is passed his prime. In Chicago, we all know Rose would still be the man.



Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:23 pm
 

Dwight Howard on playing for the Heat: 'Never'

The cHEAT suck!

We'll welcome you with open arms in Big D and you can actually play for a real TEAM!

Cmon down to Texas, and play with us awhile Superman!!



Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:21 pm
 

Dwight Howard on playing for the Heat: 'Never'

Makes sense he doesn,t want to be hated by the whole country (except south beach)



Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 11:27 am
 

Dwight Howard on playing for the Heat: 'Never'

Factor in what we know so far. He wants to win, he wants a supporting cast, he wants to be the top dog. why not stay in orlando? He feels he has no help. Why not heat? He hates james. Why not the cavs? He wants to win and i don't think he has the patience to wait on the rookies to develop.  Everyone thinks the front runner is the lakers. Why not the lakers? He wants to be the top dog and with kobe there it ain't happening. Kobe and shaq couldn't coexit despite winning 3 titles. There was an ongoing battle on who's team it was. Howard and kobe would = kobe vs shag part 2.

I know it will never happen but just for fun i'll tell you where it could work and why. LA clippers. They have plenty of cap space to make it happen. They need a dominiate center. Kaman is in the last year and the clips are looking to dump his salary anyway, and he is injury proned. He has the supporting cast with Griffin and Gordon. By adding Howard they would be ready to win now. Howard would be the top dog of the 3 due to his name and reputation. With 7 years experience compared to 3 for gordon and 1 for blake he is a veteran presence for the team.

Here are a few other factors to consider. The instant cross town rivalry with kobe and the lakers. Going head to head against kobe to determine the top dog of LA. Instead of the big 3 the clips can sport the la guns or call them the super friends. Facing james in the finals and sticking it to him. Howard can also brag that he rubs elbows with hollywood while james is rubbing elbows with mickey mouse.




Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:43 am
 

Dwight Howard on playing for the Heat: 'Never'

Thank you finally someone in the NBA who wants to do it the right way build a team and do it with good not great players i think it makes it more fulfilling thaat way.




Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 9:47 am
 

Dwight Howard on playing for the Heat: 'Never'

If Dwight really doesn't like Lebron, and would really like to hit him where it hurts, he should go to Cleveland, and bring them the championship Lebronze couldn't.



Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 7:28 am
 

Dwight Howard on playing for the Heat: 'Never'

 What people don't seem to realize is that wherever Howard goes, that team is going to have to lose some key componets. Everyone is throwing out all of these dream scenarios. And Orlando isn't going to let him get away without getting anything in return. If he were to end up in Chicago it would likely be via trade, and it would probably involve any two of the three, if not all three, of Noah, Boozer, and Deng. He wouldn't be able to sign there straight up. Let's not forget that Derrick Rose's payday is about to come up as well. Same goes for LA, with Gasol, Bynum, and Odom....two of those guys ,if not all three, would likely end up in Orlando. And with LA and Orlando both by far having the two highest payrolls (up around $96 mil) they are both going to have to find a way to get their payrolls slashed in half depending on whether or not there is a hard cap implemented in the new CBA. And I'm sure whatever the CBA is, it's going to make it harder for Howard to leave Orlando, not easier.



Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 6:58 am
 

Dwight Howard on playing for the Heat: 'Never'

How is it that the Lakers have more to offer than anyone, I would take Noah over Bynum, Bynum is a head case and injured even more than Noah... Bulls have more to offer and will if need be.


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