Tag:Will Dwight Stay
Posted on: February 27, 2012 3:24 pm

Dwight Howard's mom wants him to stay with Magic

By Matt Moore 

Mama tried

Sunday night during the NBA All-Star Game, TNT's Craig Sager reported that he had spoken with Dwight Howard's mother and she had said she wants Howard to stay in Orlando. 

Meanwhile, multiple indications suggest the Nets continue to believe they are the front-runners for Howard according to multiple outlets.

So Dwight Howard is essentially torn between one of the most powerful men in Russia, and his own mother. This is like some bizarre political thriller, only with a poor hook shot and too many commercials.

Howard's mother will no doubt have an influence on his decision but there are so many factors to consider. His agent, his publicist, his teammates, his friend, his former coaches, his relationship with Stan Van Gundy, Otis Smith, and Rich DeVos are just a few of the things weighing on his mind. While family's obviously important to Dwight, ths is his decision to make. Still, it's never good to have your mom publicly come out and state what she thinks, since now it'll be known he went against her wishes if he leaves. From the Orlando Sentinel:  
Unless Dwight does an immediate about-face, takes his mother's advice (she reportedly told TNT's courtside reporter Craig Sager she wants him to stay in Orlando) and commits to signing an extension, the Magic must deal him and get something of value.

"That's my mom's opinion," Dwight said afterward when asked about Sager's report. "… I don't want to talk about that stuff right now."
via NBA All-Star Game: Orlando must turn out lights on All-Star party, Dwight Howard era - OrlandoSentinel.com.

Got to be your own man, the saying goes. But man, to have to deal with all this and now your mom? Bet this isn't how Dwigh thought All-Star Weekend would go.  
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:08 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 5:11 pm

Dwight Howard says he might stay in Orlando

By Matt Moore 

Dwight Howard told media on Monday that he was still open to the possibility of staying in Orlando, if "changes" were made to improve the team. From the Orlando Sentinel
Said Howard, "As of right now, I have on a Magic uniform. Right? So I'm with nobody else, and that's the only thing that matters. And if it's meant for me to stay here, then I'll stay. And I love this city. There's no place I'd rather be but here in Orlando. And I just want to make sure that we have the right things here so we can win a championship.

"And I'm all about change. If you're willing to change and you're willing to do what it takes to win, then, you know, you've got me. And if you're not willing to do what it takes to win, I don't think anybody here would question anybody's motives if you want to stay in the same position you are."
via Orlando Magic: Dwight Howard hints he might stay with Magic - OrlandoSentinel.com.

ESPN.com reports that one of those changes is to bring in Chauncey Billups once he clears the amnesty waiver process. Because clearly, that's the kind of move that will put the Magic over the top. Howard has listed wanting input over the direction of the franchise as his biggest reason for wanting out. This despite his reticence at moves like trading Rashard Lewis and amnestying Gilbert Arenas. Essentially, Dwight Howard wants more control to run the franchise badly, which would only serve to make the team worse and drive him out of Orlando. 

Meanwhile, the Nets are reportedly considering making an amnesty offer to Billups the same day. Their efforts to bring in Howard have been nothing if not consistent. 

Howard's discussions of staying are a bit cruel, in a way. No one has believed Howard would stay in Orlando, not for two years. He's had every opportunity to say so and he's declined every time, instead leaning on the "I just want to win a title" talk which is code for "Don't blame me, blame the GM."

Now, by wanting Billups he's basically giving Jameer Nelson a vote of no confidence, if reports are accurate. That's the kind of thing that hurts chemistry, especially when Nelson has stuck up for Howard so many times. But this is all part of Howard and his management's plan to ease their way out. You say the things you can to put the onus on the team so when the time comes, people have somewhere else to drive their anger, which keeps the most public support you can. It's all part of the playbook, and Howard's filling it out nicely.
Posted on: October 17, 2011 12:27 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2011 12:36 pm

Magic fans, you're going to want to sit down

By Matt Moore

Dwight Howard spoke with Scott Raab of Esquire for an interview. It's kind of surprising, given that Raab is such a vocal and often times vulgar critic of LeBron James and how he handled his free agency. But Howard's comments are going to light up the NBA world like a Christmas tree, even as the season continues to be imperiled with the loss of games. Howard spoke about free agency, and his time in Orlando. Magic fans, you may need to pour youerselves something stiff first. From Esquire:  
SR: Do you think that the drive to represent, on an iconic level, will be a factor in your free agency? Do you see yourself in a much larger market?

DH: There's more you can do in a bigger place. I'm stuck in a tough position because I feel like right now, where I'm at, I've done so much. And I just don't know what else I can do. I can't live for everybody else. I don't know what decision I'm gonna make as of right now. It's been crazy. Everybody wants me to come here, come play here, come to our team, do this. It's a great feeling, though, to be wanted.

SR: You're gone. I can feel it.

DH: The toughest part for me is the city — the people. They've got burgers named after me in Orlando, they've got a Web site saying, "Please stay." I love the people in the city. I've literally sat on the bench with a towel on my head crying, because I feel the passion in the stands. I just think about what's going to be best for what I want to accomplish in my life. And I don't want that door to close on me, wherever that door is. I don't want it to close.

SR: Just don't do it as an hour-long ESPN special. Please.

DH: That's not me.
via Dwight Howard Quotes on Fatherhood, Children and More - Esquire.

That's funny. It's as if a million souls cried out in terror and were suddenly sent to the lottery for the next ten years. 

This is what most of us were expecting and Magic fans were in denial of. It's Howard acknowledging his time in Orlando with sadness, and talking about how "he doesn't know what else he can do."

Panic! at the Walt Disney World Resort. 

The season hasn't started. The lockout's far from over. Free agency is months away. Two seasons (Winter, Spring) in fact. But already the narrative for next summer is in full gear. And Howard just dropped a can of nitro fuel in the tank and watched this thing light up. The big question for the next year is going to be: Will Dwight Stay? 

And from here, it sure doesn't look like it. 
The question that's starting to be formed in Orlando isn't about whether Howard stays, but who's to blame? There's a trend rising to pin it on Otis Smith, the same guy that built the Finals-contender, but who also traded for Hedo Turkoglu and Gilbert Arenas inside of a day and who gave bad contracts to marginal players while adding those albitrosses. Howard leaving Orlando could not only mean the franchise losing its second franchise center in 15 years, but the complete tear down of the Magic organization. And they just got that nice new building, too.

The All-Star Game is scheduled to be in Orlando this year. If we have a season, that's going to be one fun week to watch Howard deal with the questions. Poor guy. He won't know what else he can do.

(HT: SBNation
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