Indecision reigns supreme in Dwight Howard, Magic saga
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2012
Updated: Monday, March 19, 2012 11:03
I am so glad Dwight Howard decided to stay with the Orlando Magic.
Well, it would have been nice to get rid of that headache … no, it is a good thing for sure. But maybe … no. Well, I don’t know.
I am a little indecisive.
Should I get a Crunchwrap Supreme or stick with the 99-cents menu?
When Howard signed away his rights to opt out of his last year with the Magic, effectively keeping him in Orlando for next season, everyone looked at it as a victory for the organization.
I’m not so sure it is.
The Magic have had seven years to put a team together, and the best general manager Otis Smith can give Howard is Hedo Turkeysandwich and Jameer “Don’t Shoot It” Nelson.
Oh, and J.J. Redick, who is supposedly going to be a good player.
And the rumor was, in order to pacify Howard, they were going to get Jamal Crawford.
I’m going to get a 99-cent chicken burrito. Now, hard or soft taco?
Don’t get me wrong, I think I am happy that Howard decided to stay in Orlando for one more year. But I can’t shake the feeling that we will all go through this “indecision” next season. That this is just postponing the inevitable abandonment, and Howard will continue to pull on the heart strings of Magic fans and twiddle with the pride of the organization.
If Smith cannot put a team together, Howard is gone. And even if he can, the Magic can’t beat the Miami Heat, which has two of the best players at their positions (yes, Dwyane Wade is the best shooting guard in the league) and Chris Bosh, who is one of the top-three power forwards in the league.
The best case scenario is Howard convinces Deron Williams to play in Orlando. The Magic would have the best center and a top-three point guard, but still no dynamic scorer or match-up problem like LeBron James.
Josh Smith could be added, but the Magic would have to trade away all of their young talent to get him and would have no depth.
It’s still not good enough, and this is the best-case scenario.
Then again, the Crunchwrap Supreme meal comes with a taco.
Here is my point (if you have not gotten it already): Howard cannot stay in the East if he wants to win a title. Going through the Bulls and Heat each year is unrealistic, and the Magic do not have the structure in place to make a run consistently.
If Howard wants to win a championship, and I’m not sure that’s his main priority, he needs to go to the Western Conference.
Later rather than sooner, apparently, he will realize this. And we will go through all of this again.
But he needs to decide what his priority is. A lot to ask after just making one decision, I know.
It isn’t money — he gave up about $25 million when he signed for another season. It might not be winning a ring and it is not playing in a major market – he stayed with the Magic.
So what is his priority? Burrito Supreme?
He needs to figure that out, and that is the next part of the Dwight Howard saga.
So, Crunchwrap or 99-cent menu? My agent said to order a Gordita.
That’s bad advice.
I’ll ask my mom. She’ll know what to do, right?