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.

(via EOB)

Comments (11)

  1. Dwight has a point. Dwight doesn’t have to leave Orlando and he probably wouldn’t… If they can bring in Chris Paul or any PG that likes to pass (Jameer isn’t cutting it). Orlando has tradeable pieces. And there are worse cities to play at than Orlando with its beaches and less tax…

  2. So is this suppose to encourage magic fans or scare them? Dwight seems to be giving himself an out by putting blame on the “writers”. Good to see him confronting all the lack-of-talent columnists in Orlando though….

  3. DO NOT SIGN!!!!

    And he is totally correct. I was in the south at college during the Orlando Shaq years. Article after article blaming Shaq for their losses, stating that they would be a better team w/o him. They were “Anthony Hardaway’s team.”

    Too many pieces needed to make a dent into the playoffs next year. Go somewhere to get a ring, then get that $$ and settle in on some 3rd option.

    AVOID teams with All-Star legends like D-Wade, LBJ and Bosh did.

  4. I remember the Sentinel constantly writing about this was Brian Hill’s team and not Shaqs. How they didn’t need Shaq.

    This Magic roster is utter crap. When almost half your cap is devoted to Gilbert and Hedo over the next 3 years you are completely and utterly screwed. And I say this as a Magic fan, I want Dwight to move on with his career and win some titles, and that is never going to happen in Orlando.

  5. Who is ‘Anthony’ Hardaway and where do I find these beaches in Orlando? I’m confused…

  6. @Crib Midget … simple Typo. i meant to type “Bitches” hehe

  7. Old Cuban refugee saying: “The bitches are better in Orlando.”

  8. Just another notch in the belt for Cubans. Put that excellent saying right next to your midnight sandwiches.

  9. I think we all need to remember that we don’t make be decision of mine. None of us make be decision, only mine.

  10. The problme is the rest of the country doesn’t realize how bad the Orlando Sentinel writers are, mainly Bianchi and Schmitz. These guys keep pushing the wrong buttons with Magic fans and now the city’s superstar. Every single OS sports reader wants those two fired, it’s incredible. Yet, they have no clue they’re doing anything wrong. If you’re writing for your city’s only sports team, you should at least back up the superstar when the rest of the country is jumping all over him to get traded, right? Not in their eyes, they’d rather join the trade dwight to LA bandwagon because they aren’t fans of the team they write for, and they certainly don’t have the writing talent to keep a job in a major sports market. If Orlando was a major sports market, those two guys would have been fired by now.

  11. Howard’s right. The Sentinel’s basketball writers are muckraking hacks. Absolute garbage – they’ve been talking up him leaving in FA for about a year now.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *