Dwight Howard is a) very good at playing professional basketball and b) going to be a free agent next summer. In today’s NBA, that means his impending free agency becomes a story the minute he’s eliminated from the playoffs the season before his last season. Or, as you might have figured out from context clues, right now. Dwight Howard becoming a free agent next summer is news now. That’s just how it works.
But Dwight Howard doesn’t want it to work that way. So he tweeted about it, because that’s another part of today’s NBA.
“Y does it seem like the writers of Orlando sentinel are tryna push me out of Orlando with dumb articles. It’s annoying. Can I enjoy my summer and get ready for next season in Orlando. Pls. Same thing u guys did to Shaq. Smh”
“I’m not blaming the media. I’m saying stop with the dumb articles. They don’t make be decision of mine. I jus don’t want Orlando fans to believe them. Cuz they don’t know. I love my city”
Just to clarify — Dwight Howard is not blaming the media for the dumb articles that they are writing about him. He is just saying they shouldn’t write dumb articles because they are dumb. Ease up, dummies.
It’s not hard to understand Dwight’s position here. It has to be annoying to hear you’re going to leave Orlando over and over again, even if you haven’t really considered your opportunities. No one would like that.
However, an easy way for Dwight to end those “dumb articles” is to sign the extension he’s been offered. Sure, he says it doesn’t exist — highly unlikely, considering the Magic desperately want him to re-up and have been planning to extend him this summer since last offseason — but I’m positive if he wanted to sign an extension it would appear. Marketable superstars who are great at basketball tend to make those sort of things happen. That would be a simple way to nip this in the bud.
Of course, that won’t happen. Dwight will play through this season with questions of his departure lingering over the Magic until he’s either traded or he opts out of his contract next July. Maybe he re-signs with the Magic — he does “love [his] city,” after all — or maybe he doesn’t. That’s not the point yet. The point is that Dwight doesn’t like these “dumb articles,” but won’t do the one thing that would completely end them.
That being the case, maybe it’s not the best to call out the group of people covering the Magic. We all know it’s only going to lead to more articles anyway. Probably dumb ones, too. Like this one.