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Dwight Howard “doubtful” about overseas, talks free agency

Nov 17, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT

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When the first rumors came out this week about European powerhouse Real Madrid being interested in Dwight Howard, we were skeptical. Howard had expressed no interest in going to Europe, but would that change with the NBA season looking like it was toast?

No, not really.

Howard talked to the Orlando Sentinel about a few issues but said playing overseas was not on his radar.

“I doubt it,” Howard said. “There’s some other things that I really would love to get involved with: do some more stuff in the community and just become a better person [and] spend some more time with my kids.”

Howard also didn’t want to talk about himself playing anywhere but Orlando. He danced around that question.

“Well, that’s 2012,” he said. “Everybody’s worrying about the wrong stuff. I didn’t come here today wanting to discuss where I’m going to be next year. At that point, it really doesn’t matter.

“The biggest thing for me is taking advantage of every opportunity that I have in front of me, and that’s how anybody should look at it. I’m 25 and I have a full life ahead of me, God-willing, and I have to do what’s best for me, and that’s it.”

A lost NBA season would make things interesting in Orlando. Howard would have a decision to make without the benefit of seeing how Orlando could tweak the roster, and he’d have to give up a lot of money to leave. Orlando’s a good city with a great fan base. But is all of that enough?

Who knows? That’s 2012. Right now we’re all worrying about the wrong stuff.

  1. vomitingliberals - Nov 18, 2011 at 3:11 AM

    Dwight, you can make millions in Orlando or you can make millions somewhere else, either way you will be doing great for yourself so that’s really not the issue here. The question is… at the end of it all, how will history remember you? Are you just another LeBron or Shaq, or are you different? Either way you are going to end your career filthy rich (God willing & barring economic collapse). Are you going to carve your own path or are you going to take the road that everyone else does. Being 25 years old is not an excuse to make the wrong call here.

    Best wishes…

  2. cantonbound13 - Nov 18, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    You would look good in a Knicks uniform. You, Amare & Melo would destroy the 3 overrated divas in South Beach.

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