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LeBron says Dwight Howard is not going through what he did

Dec 22, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

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Dwight Howard is under the microscope this year. Every thing he says, every move he makes will be broken down in terms of where he’s going to play next season. “He shook Spike Lee’s hand, he’s going to the Knicks!” “He went out to dinner in Los Angeles, he’s going to be a Laker for sure!”

LeBron James has been under that microscope, too.

But LeBron doesn’t want you compare the two. Not even close, he told the Orlando Sentinel.

“No, he ain’t going through what I went through, don’t say that,” James told a reporter Wednesday, before the Magic hosted the Heat at Amway Center. “He’s nowhere near going through what I went through.”

He’s right. Because Howard is handling this better (so far).

Howard has issued a trade demand to the Magic. While he keeps leaving the door open a crack, he has made it pretty clear he is gone from Orlando after this season, so if they want something of value they have to trade him.

LeBron left Cleveland on the hook all season. He never really gave them that chance, he made it sound all along like he might well stay. He even had the Cavs come to the “kiss the ring” presentations after the season to make their pitch. LeBron kept the hopes of Cleveland fans up. It’s worse because James was Akron born, a guy considered part of Cleveland’s fabric. Then he smashed those hopes by taking his talents to South Beach.

Howard is being more straight forward. Magic fans are trying to sway him but Howard has made a trade demand (more along the Carmelo Anthony lines, which wasn’t a clean break either but because the Nuggets kept waiting for a better deal).

So no, he’s not going through what LeBron went through.

  1. dirtydavis - Dec 22, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Agreed! D12 did demand a trade, right?

  2. justbhouse2 - Dec 22, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Someone please hug Lebabby

  3. justbhouse2 - Dec 22, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Someone please hug Lebaby

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Dec 22, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Hold on…who hacked into Kurt’s account and posted this article under his name? This is THE FIRST anti-LeBron article posted by Kurt in ProBasketballTalk’s history. If you disagree, then I’ll need to see a link before I admit I am wrong.

  5. dirtybird2020 - Dec 22, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Lebron is a true bum! Atleast they will get something for dwight! Lebron did his own state dirty! What a scrub! Efff lebron what has he accomplished that tmac hasnt minus the mvp awards!

    • mashoaf - Dec 23, 2011 at 11:06 AM

      Lebron never cared about anything but Lebron. Look at his LBJ MVP shirt he wore after loosing to Dwight Howard in the finals.

  6. pl4tinum514 - Dec 22, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    It’s true, Lebron is right, their situations are indeed different.

    Delonte hasn’t f–ked Dwight’s mom yet.

  7. narrabeen23 - Dec 22, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Dear LeBron James,

    There are many opinions out there of you for how you handled yourself up to your decision to head to South Beach. There are many opinions out there about how you and your teammates came off during your preseason celebration and how you basically said that with you and Wade, winning multiple championships was going to be easy. Finally, there are many opinions on how you came off during the interview after you lost in the Finals and how you continue to come off in subsequent interviews.

    However right or wrong these things are doesn’t matter. What matters is that you need to win. In order to win, your game has to get better. Everyone said Jordan couldn’t defend, Jordan couldn’t shoot, Jordan was a ballhog and couldn’t win a title, and Jordan proved everyone wrong again and again because he took those perceived weaknesses and made them unquestionable strengths.

    LeBron, a post game will make you unstoppable. You don’t have a post game.

    Please, for the love of all that is good, BE LIKE MIKE and prove me wrong!


    Your Loyal But Endlessly Frustrated Fan

  8. kinggw - Dec 22, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Howard’s handling it better than Lebron? Funny I dont remember Lebron issuing a trade demand or publicly complain that Danny Ferry didnt let him have enough say in the team’s personnel.

    LBJ is right their situations arent even close to being the same. Its apparent that Howard has made his mind up and he is leaving Orlando. He’s just trying to save face by talking about he might stay if Orlando improves, knowing there isnt much they can do. If Ferry would have let Hickson go, LBJ would still be in Cleveland with Amare.

    • dirtydavis - Dec 22, 2011 at 3:10 PM

      Good catch… I completely forgot about JJ Hickson, but I doubt Amare would have re-signed with the Cavs

  9. asublimeday - Dec 22, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    I agree he should’ve let the cavs know ahead of time, but they wouldn’t have traded him any way.

  10. goforthanddie - Dec 22, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Of course he’s not, Dwight isn’t the raving egomaniac leb is.

  11. test2402 - Dec 22, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Tim Tebow would dominate lebron james.

  12. lameasish - Dec 22, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Keep talking about LeBron, I’m sure he reads these comments and cannot sleep at night because of them. He left your shit team, get over it. And if he sucks so bad, why did the Cavs play so bad without him? He was a one man show and now the show is gone. Go shovel your driveway or something…

  13. southbeachtalent - Dec 22, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Pointless article, same ole douchebags commenting.

    This is nauseating…..

    • goforthanddie - Dec 22, 2011 at 8:10 PM


  14. bleed4philly - Dec 22, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    D12 isn’t gonna announce his decision on national tv either.

  15. smeech65 - Dec 22, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    Turns out the Magic may be close to getting Williams from the Nets. I knew something was up when “all of a sudden” the trade talks of D12 stopped. Deron wants out of new Jersey.

  16. ncarolinarn7 - Dec 23, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    Howard to the Bobcats for a front row parking place at the coliseum and an MJ jump man tennis shoe.

  17. sshameless - Dec 23, 2011 at 2:55 AM

    It was plainly obvious and easy to see that Lebron was going to South Beach with his buddy Wade way back in the 2008 Olympics. Get a clue, that is when Riley started completely trashing his roster to get the cap room for the big 3. Basically throwing two seasons in the garbage.

    Cleveland fell for his lie, he never intended to re-sign there. He just faked out Gilbert so that they didn’t try to sign and trade him to get some compensation for the franchise. Then James would have been forced to refuse to sign an extension for another team than Miami.

    And it would have been revealed he had no intentions other than going to the Heat in free agency. Free agency is the only way that James could have ended up with Wade and Riley. Miami had no players that anyone wanted, they could not trade for him.

    Howard is a thousand times more honest and honorable than James. James deserves the reviling he is whining about. He earned it himself. Howard would be a Laker right now if Cuban had not forced Stern to veto the Paul trade. Howard will be filthy rich like James. But he wants rings too.

    The Lakers with Paul and Kobe are the only team he would have signed an extension with in a trade. Stern’s trade block guaranteed that Howard will go to Dallas with Deron Williams to play with Dirk this summer. That is why Cuban has trashed his championship roster like Riley did.

    Check it out, he will have the cap room for Howard and DWill at the end of the season. The only chance Orlando had to get compensation for Howard was the Lakers. He won’t sign an extension with any other team.

    Orlando loses Dwight just like they did Shaq. But it’s not their fault. When Cuban got Stern to block the Paul trade, Howard closed the door on any sign and trade extension. He won’t go to a team that can’t compete for rings. And sneaky behind the scenes manipulating connivers like Cuban and Riley are putting together teams with 3 superstars.

    Cuban steals small market talent right after his public statement of how wrong that is. And the reason they had to Lockout was to stop that from occurring. His words are worthless, the actions show that if Cuban or Stern’s lips are moving, they are lying.

    And he steals with no compensation like Riley does. Orlando and New Orleans, say hello to contraction.

  18. chitownmatt - Dec 23, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Lebron says he is tired of everyone hating on him and then he says some stupid BS like that.

    He really needs to search his soul and maybe even the Webster’s dictionary for the word “humility”

    Its not even that what he said is factually incorrect, but saying it makes him sound like a total d-bag.

  19. mnsinger - Dec 23, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    This article is total nonsense. So LeBron somehow “owes” the franchise to tell them of his future plans before his contract is up? Does the franchise owe it to LeBron to tell him in advance if they decide to trade him for Dwight Howard or if he gets injured in the last game of his contract, do the Cavs “owe” it to him to re-sign him?

    It’s very simple, when your contract is up you are a FREE AGENT. When you are under contract, you play as hard as you can for the team that is paying you.

    The real problem is players who sign long-term guaranteed contracts and then quit on their teams by issuing trade demands when they become unhappy. If these guys (Kobe a few years back, Dwight, CP3) didn’t want to play on bad teams, they should have signed 1 year deals every year instead of guaranteed money. They wouldn’t have returned the money if they had career ending injuries so what gives them the right to request trades when they are under contract?

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