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Why doesn't Dwight Howard want to be a Bull?

Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:53 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2011 2:59 pm

By Matt Moore

Back on Dec. 10th, the Chicago Tribune reported that Dwight Howard was not considering the Bulls. Chicago has not been on the list of teams Ken Berger has reported since February under consideration by Howard and his management. And Tuesday, ESPN reported that Howard's list has been narrowed to four teams, the New Jersey Nets, the Dallas Mavericks, the L.A. Lakers, and the Orlando Magic

So the question now is "Why won't Howard consider the Bulls?"

For starters, it would make a huge amount of sense for both parties in terms of basketball. For the Magic, they'd be able to get back a decent return on Howard, something that not many other teams will offer. Joakim Noah as a centerpiece, with Omer Asik, Ronnie Brewer, potentially Luol Deng, and a salary dump of Hedo Turkoglu along with picks could probably be had. That's a fine haul for the Magic. But maybe Howard simply doesn't care about what his team gets back and in fact wants to make sure they don't give up too much so that he can have a good group behind him wherever he lands. 

The bigger upside is for Howard. He would no longer have to be the sole source of offense and would have the pressure to be "the man" split between he and Rose. Howard wants help? How about the MVP point guard who can create offense for himself as well as anyone in the league? He'd be set with a young player just starting his rise to greatness and already established. Rose isn't an alpha dog and wouldn't have problems with Howard, Rose has good enough vision even as a score-first guard to create oop after oop for Howard on the pick and roll. Throw in Carlos Boozer as now a much-better-fitting third option (unless they unloaded Boozer which they may have to for salary purposes), and some combination of the Chicago shooters and you have all the help Howard's been asking for. 

Furthermore, how about the best defensive player in the league playing under the best defensive coach in the league? Tom Thibodeau could get the absolute most out of Howard's considerable abilities (not that Stan Van Gundy hasn't already done a stellar job and in fact in large part helped make Howard into the defensive presence he is), and would let him dictate what he wants on offense instead of forcing perimeter shots like SVG. 

The only conclusion is that it's some combination of weather and style that Howard balks at in regards to Chicago. Howard is rumored to prefer warm-weather destinations, coming from the south and having played there for his career. Chicago isn't exactly balmy. Then again, not like Brooklyn is all palm trees and sun tan lotion. The bigger question may be from a marketing perspective. New York or L.A. provide him with media opportunities galore, and for a guy who loves the camera as much as Howard does, that might be the kicker. 

One entity sad about this development? Adidas, who have both Howard and Rose under their label. The two teaming up under the colors of Nike's icon Michael Jordan's former team? Priceless. The money would be there for Howard in Chicago, but maybe not the level of fame he wants.

Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 7:43 pm

Why doesn't Dwight Howard want to be a Bull?

He will be retierd by the Miami Heat for the next 5 years minimum.

Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 9:36 am

Why doesn't Dwight Howard want to be a Bull?

1) Chicago is a corrupt city.
2) Not everyone drops their pants at the mention/sight of Jordan.

He may actually not want to play there.

Accept it.

Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2011 4:56 pm

Why doesn't Dwight Howard want to be a Bull?

He wants to be the alpha-dog of a team. He wouldn't be in Chicago, this is Derrick's team til' he retires

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 3:04 pm

Why doesn't Dwight Howard want to be a Bull?

"The fact that he went to Miami, in and of itself was not a problem, but having a championship celebration and talking about 7 rings before they even stepped on the court together is why I would call him an ego-maniac."

You call it a championship celebration.....I call it a pep-rally, which is exactly what it was, a pep-rally. The dude didn't flat out say they were going to win 7 titles. He said, "If we do things the right way, we should be able to compete for a championship....and I don't want to try and win just one or two, but three, four, five, six"...........You know, pep-rally stuff to get the crowd on their feet. The Heat organization probably should've let it only be broadcast locally and kept ESPN away from the pep-rally, especially when their a country full of jealous people blinded by anger looking for something to latch onto as a reason to spew hate. We in South Florida didn't take what he said seriously because we knew he was just pumping the crowd up. Too bad if the rest of the ignorant people scattered throught the country took that crap literally.That's their problem. 

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:55 pm

Why doesn't Dwight Howard want to be a Bull?

The trade has to be ok'ed by the dictatorship NBA as well. If dwight howard to the bulls or the nets doesnt make sense from a financial perspective to the nba it will be vetoed apparently. Ive lost all interest in the nba and will as well for other leagues that decide its ok to veto trades because they think one team is getting the short end of the stick.

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:42 pm

Why doesn't Dwight Howard want to be a Bull?

You are a tool, Chicago is 100% better than anywhere you live.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:09 pm

Why doesn't Dwight Howard want to be a Bull?

Uh, you seriously have to ask why someone wouldn't want to get traded to Chicago? Let me spell it out for you. Chicago is a crappy place to live.  It's cold, gray and miserable there.  And the weather is bad too.
If Jordan was there and you were going to lock up 2-3 rings, sure make the sacrifice and go to Chicago.  But that's not the case, and Howard has a much better chance of winning a ring in Dallas or LA.  I actually can't imagine why he's not INSISTING on a trade to LA actually.  Trade Bynum and a mid range exception and a couple-three 1st round picks and vwalla! Insta-champions.  Kobe, Howard and Gasol would be more than any team could handle.  Plus Howard gets nice weather, a HUGE media market to make balla-dollars, and he gets to play with Kobe. 
I can understand having Dallas and the Nets in the mix too, but why would you be surprised by anyone wanting to stay out of Chicago??

Since: Jun 5, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:44 pm

Why doesn't Dwight Howard want to be a Bull?

Right ON!!!!!!! The double standard is ridiculous!!!

Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:24 pm

Why doesn't Dwight Howard want to be a Bull?

Keep Lebron. Keep DWade. Keep Carmelo. Keep CP3. Give me some Dwight Howard. DHow will win more championships than them all combined.

Cool Crack need to watch basketball and not read about it.

Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:13 pm

Why doesn't Dwight Howard want to be a Bull?

Why is it a crime to have a celebration for "The Heat Fans"? It was a local event. Not national. People come to the Heat. They all take "less" <<< notice the word "less" money. You know how rare that is. Yet, other teams around the league are trying to stack up on top players now, but they all want big money. You people are blinded by your own lame egos.

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