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Dwight Howard says Orlando needs to make “changes”

Jan 27, 2012, 12:35 PM EDT

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Just a reminder Orlando: despite your fast start you still have the Sword of Dwight Howard hanging over your head.

Howard can opt out of his contract at the end of this season and become a free agent. He has consistently said he wants to play somewhere he can win a ring and two ugly losses this week to Boston — one where the Magic just scored 56 points, one where they blew a 27-point lead — serves as a reminder how far Orlando is from that status.

Magic fans can’t read his comments in the Orlando Sentinel after Thursday’s loss and feel comfortable.

“We thought it was going to be easy after the first two quarters,” Howard said. “We can’t allow that. We have to change….”

“We didn’t play the right way and we have to change,” he said. “Everybody just can’t come down (the floor) and feel like they have to take the game over. You just have to play team-ball and play the way we want to play. We didn’t do that.”

On the bright side Orlando fans, at least he said “we.” He is including himself in the meltdowns (as he should).

But he is frustrated. And if he is frustrated at the end of the season when the Magic fall to the Heat or Bulls in the second round, it’s going to be hard to keep him.

Are we in the media parsing out everything Howard says right now? Yes. The best center on the planet (no matter what Shaq thinks) could be a free agent. It’s a big deal. For the record, as we approach the All-Star Game and head into the trading deadline all of this is only going to get worse. Just a warning.

  1. timbosand - Jan 27, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Otis needs to ship Howard and Hedo to LA and rebuild a team around Bynum. Keeping Howard and letting him walk will get them an early playoff exit, crappy draft pick, and set them back for years. Quit delaying the inevitable. If they get Bynum now he can start being a #1 option and he will develop in to the dominate center he can be

  2. thethruth34 - Jan 27, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Come join boston Dwight!

  3. livingsacrifice86 - Jan 27, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    How would I handle this situation of being an upcoming free agent? I have no idea…but this guy is not helping his team at all. How are his teammates supposed to trust a guy that talks about his “list” of his desired locations or be confident in a team that will lose its star because he doesnt feel like the right pieces are around him. Granted, they need to get better, but their best option to get better might be to cut their losses and trade Dwight before the trade deadline for some pieces and picks. Whoever it is. This is a lose-lose situation for the Magic.

    • LilTmac2003 - Jan 27, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      This is how I see it.

      Sure, Dwight is a helluva player. He’s super dominant, defensive, rebounding machine. Whichever team he lands on, he’ll benefit them a lot.

      But he keeps saying “He’s on the Magic”. So…he’s PART of the problem. He’s a reason why things are happening the way they are.

      Plus you can’t have team chemistry while the leader of the team is playing out his final year. I do hope Orlando trades him. Get something out of him because there is a 0% chance he is going to resign with them. I really don’t see it happening. Unless they acquire someone legit for the long run, Howard simply is not going to be wearing a Magic uniform.

  4. sasquash20 - Jan 27, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Come to Philly to play some team ball. That is what we do under coach Collins.

    • livingsacrifice86 - Jan 27, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      I like that idea, that would be a nice team…but who would they have to give up to get him?

      • sasquash20 - Jan 27, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        Iggy and S.Hawes. Throw in 2 1st rd picks. That would end up being better then the always injured and always bad attitude Bynum. I would take that over B.Lopez and 2 1st as well. Lopez can score but he isn’t a great rebounder and is a little soft for a guy his size. Hawes won’t outscore Lopez but he should out rebound and out hustle him. Iggy is a solid SF and one of the best defensively.

  5. chargerdillon - Jan 27, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    That big championship ring will look good on his finger… not to mention that purple and gold jersey

    History tells us the man who wants it more will get it, much like Kobe becoming the man over Shaq during the end of their run when it seemed Kobe had become a more dominant force than Shaq.

    It’s Dwights time to come into LA and become the man, not have it passed to him, but to take it from Kobe by sheer dominance of play. Kobe will challenge Dwight to the bitter end just like Shaq challenged Kobe, and in the process championships will be won.

    *crossing fingers that happens*

  6. goforthanddie - Jan 27, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Everyone knows you’re leaving Dwight, time to shut up and play harder.

  7. andyreidisfat - Jan 27, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    I still have to agree with Philly fans that the sixers should be bold and make this move. Iggy and brand and 2 1st rounders should make the deal( remember brand is in the last year next year and if Orlando trades Howard they are going to need at least 2 years to recover so that cap space would be huge).

    And for the sixers they get Howard for atleast the rest of this season which makes them legit contenders this season. I think you do the deal in hopes you make a deep run a Dwight sees how great it is to play in a packed center when it is rocking ( if they make a Howard trade they will sell out the rest of the way

  8. rooney24 - Jan 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Trade him!

    Otherwise, I see the worst case scenario taking place….Orlando trying to add a few more players to get better, possibly with some deals that hurt your team long term, only to have Dwight leave and stick you with the guys you tried to add to placate him.

  9. acdc363 - Jan 27, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    I actually think dwight to the sixers would be pretty cool

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 27, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      So do I, but not for Iggy like everyone else above me is saying. Iggy is the Sixers, yeah he’s a bit overpaid but so what, he’s the teams best player and part of the reason they are so good. He gets too much of a bad rap.

      • sasquash20 - Jan 27, 2012 at 6:53 PM

        Iggy is the best right now but in a year or two it will be Jrue Holiday.And he isn’t the best by that much. T.Young can step in right now and replace Iggy. Hes more of a 3 then a 4 anyhow. Not to mention Iggy may be as smart as the basketball he shoots. The guy isn’t clutch, shoots 65 percent from free throw line, and makes some bone head shots almost every 4th qt. And if you don’t agree, well then you have not watched many Sixers games.

  10. biggie900 - Jan 27, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    OKC, baby. With Durant,Westbrook and Harden. yeah boy….

  11. cinnalocks - Jan 27, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Remember Shaq?………………….he is coming to Los Angeles.

    • timbosand - Jan 27, 2012 at 11:43 PM

      Lakers if the Magic do the right thing and trade him for Bynum. Dallas if they let him walk.

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