The morning after the Dwight Howard trade, as my wife and I were waking up, I told her the Lakers had traded for her boyfriend. After a little bit of confusion about which of her NBA boyfriends I was talking about — could have been Dwight, Dwyane Wade or Joakim Noah — she said, “Really?! Of course they did.”
That was pretty much all of our reactions as well, including Erik Spoelstra. From Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
Erik Spoelstra offered his thoughts today on 640Sports on the Lakers’ acquisition of Dwight Howard, “At the end of the day I think we all, eventually, thought he’d find his way to L.A., yeah, in some way or another. They have the most pieces. I’m surprised they were able to do it without giving up maybe [Pau] Gasol in that deal, but they have a history of getting those bigs. And it just seems to happen for that franchise.”
Pretty much exactly right, Erik Spoelstra. Of course Dwight Howard was going to end up a Laker, once he decided he could stomach the obvious Shaquille O’Neal mimicry and live in Los Angeles. From the second he donned that Superman cape at the dunk contest, it was pretty much his destiny. Might as well embrace it, even if he’s going to end up like a Raekwon skit.
And really, like Jeff Weiss said yesterday and Erik Spoelstra is saying today, this kind of thing always happens for the Lakers. If your favorite team enters in to trade negotiations with the Lakers, barring any David Stern intervention, they’re going to end up taking your best player and leaving you with some draft picks, some players you try to talk yourself in to and, if you’re really lucky, a guy who ends up being better than you expected in the future.
That’s just how it is and that’s how it’s been forever and that’s how it always will be. They are the Bret Hart of trading and Dwight Howard is their newest championship belt.