After playing eight seasons for the Orlando Magic, Dwight Howard has been traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. The trade had been rumored since yesterday became a reality on Friday. The trade involved The Lakers, Magic, Nuggets and 76ers. The Lakers ended up with Howard and sent Andrew Bynum to the 76ers who also recieved Jason Richardson from the Magic. The Nuggest landed Andre Iguodala from the 76ers while the Magic received Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless, three 1st round picks and a second round pick for 2013. It was the mega trade we had been expecting almost the entire summer.
Dwight Howard is leaving Orlando as a villain. He skipped out on a charity event recently in Orlando, that wasn’t going to win him any fans. Howard has been playing hardball with the team since the season ended. Yet the team still tried anything they could to make him happy enough to stay. The Magic fired coach Stan Van Gundy in May and the previous GM to appease Howard. Howard did not care he still wanted to leave as a free agent. The Magic had been that road before with Shaq in 1996 and were not about to let that happen this time around.
When trade rumors started Howard demanded going to the Brooklyn Nets and nowhere else. Howard put the team in a rough situation by lowering his trade value. He stated that he would not resign with any team other than the Nets or Mavericks when his contract is up after this season. A lot of interested teams quickly ran away not wanting to lose a lot for a one year stand with Dwight. Luckily for the Magic they were able to put together a deal that they can build a team for the future with. The team is ready to get on with life and with Dwight Howard out of the picture will be able to.
Dwight Howards legacy with the Magic will be a tarnished one. A story of feuding with his coach, stirring up trouble for the team and alienating himself from the fans of Orlando. The City of Orlando had been waiting for a star when they drafted Dwight in 2004. The team wanted to win a championship with Howard and the closest they came was the 2009 NBA Finals. The Lakers squashed the Magic in that year and the team never returned to the championship game since. The Magic should have realized earlier that Howard was not the man that could take them to a title.
Howard is now officially the most hated man in the NBA and it will not change anytime soon. He cares not about the team but himself. Howard has made his bed and no he has to sleep in it. Good riddance Dwight Howard.
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Jeremy Lin with the Houston Rockets.
Last year’s breakout star Jeremy Lin was signed by the Houston Rockets earlier this week. Lin signed a 3 year, $25 Million deal. The Rockets had Lin in their training camp at the beginning of last season but let him go. The New York Knicks had a chance to match the offer given to Lin but declined. Houston took what many consider a gutsy move for the 23 year-old Point Guard.
Jeremy Lin busted onto the Sports Scene last February when he stepped into the starting PG spot previously held by the then injured Carmelo Anthony. Lin made the most of his opportunity by becoming one of the teams leaders. He dominated games and flat out won many for them during his strong 3 week stretch. Lin was silenced quit a bit when the team started facing off against teams like the Miami Heat. Lin suffered a season ending injury in March and the “Linsanity” in New York was put on hold.
The craze that Jeremy Lin ignited in New York was incredible. Over night the city became crazy over this young and recently unknown star. “Linsanity” was the name and it was popping up on signs and merchandise all over Madison Square Garden and New York. The possibilities for marketing this type of a player were endless.
“Linsanity” has moved to the great state of Texas. Will he continue to flourish into the superstar many feel he will be. That is hard to say but if he does the Knicks made a bad decision. At this point the Knicks need a star with the charisma and appeal that Lin has. He has been replaced by a few players nearing the end of their career while he is just beginning his.
If Jeremy Lin’s star continues to rise the Knicks will never forget letting him go. The New York fans will not let them forget what a grave mistake they made. The Knicks have been toiling in obscurity for far to long and Lin had shown during the month where he dominated the sports media that he could be the spark the team needed. The city of New York needed a star like Lin. The level of regret rides on how well Lin develops and evolves his game. As of this moment it looks like a bad decision for Knicks to let this player go. Only time will tell and we should know a lot in just 5 months.
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