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Charles Oakley thinks the Magic should have put Dwight Howard “in time-out”

Aug 26, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures to the crowd after winning in Toronto Reuters

It takes a lot for players not to stick up for other players when it comes to disputes with management. Ownership and management have no loyalty towards the player, and in CBA disputes, well, you know who’s on who’s side. So the players speak up for any player that goes through something difficult.

Except when it comes to Charles Oakley, who could give a (insert your favorite phrase here) about what people think, and Dwight Howard‘s situation with the Magic. From ESPN radio, courtesy of Eye on Basketball:

“A lot of guys cry in this league these days. I try not to get caught up in that. The management in Orlando let him get away with it. Most times, they put kids in timeout. They never put him in timeout. He just kept crying and got his way. Now he’s in LA with Kobe so they got a chance to win a couple championships in the next two or three years.

“They could have traded him and got something better for him last year. I think they just tried to play along. They just pleased him anyway they could but he never did anything to please them.”

via Charles Oakley: Orlando Magic needed to put ‘crying’ Dwight Howard ‘in timeout’ – CBSSports.com.

What should we say to that? My first thought is “Amen.”

The Magic’s mistake with Dwight Howard wasn’t keeping him last year instead of trading him. It wasn’t the package they got in the trade, and it wasn’t how long it took. It was the series of emotional responses they gave in handling the situation, and how they avoided tough decisions because of feelings they had about Howard. They needed to be calm, cool, and rational to get on top of it, and instead they wound up making desperate pleas and seeming like some emo-struck teenager.

With Rob Hennigan in charge, they’ve got a shot at getting things back under control. But the thing for them to take away from this debacle is that you can’t control how the superstars are going to act, but you can control your reaction to it and the standards you set for your organization.

(HT: Eye on Basketball)

  1. nycalldayz - Aug 26, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    I guess Oakley is the new ambassador for strong minded and tough NBA players? He’s right about DH12 and other NBA stars today. I think they have too much power and say-so, but the blame can’t go mostly on the star player, but mostly on management.

  2. cantonbound13 - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Oakley should be an assistant somewhere. Oak would bitch slap all the current divas in the NBA right now & turn them into real men.

  3. magicbucs - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Oakley is right about this one. Dwight’s a 6’10 265lb cry baby and coward.
    Of course the magic tried everything to please him to keep him. Wouldn’t any other organization? I would of sent him to Houston tho

  4. chadinkc30 - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Coward because he wanted to leave a city that he gave years to & made a crap ton of money for…I think that’s what free agency is for & he was set to be one. Would you rather he lead the team on thinking he might stay & leave them with nothing? I.e. Lebron

    • rhetoric1 - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      Wow, how stupid is this comparison of two vastly different situations. Lebron didn’t publicly flip-flop back and forth on whether he was staying or not. Furthermore, Lebron became a true free agent, unlike Dwight who signed the player option for *ONE MORE YEAR* and then changed his mind about staying after the fact. So, by all means, please explain to me how this is like Lebron.

      • guyaneserj - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:24 PM

        It’s simply called HATING rhetoric1

    • tommy972 - Aug 26, 2012 at 6:20 PM

      LeBron didn’t leave them with nothing. It was a sign and trade. 2 1st rounds+2 2nd rounders and a trade exception.

      • eugenesaxe - Aug 26, 2012 at 9:27 PM

        So, a trade exception and 4 crappy draft picks? Sounds like nothing to me.

  5. smcgaels1997 - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    You play out your contract and move on..you don’t complain, and continuously requesting a trade devaluing yourself on the market guaranteeing you would get much less value was just another example of his selfishness. Neither side owed anything to each other..however DH proved who he was…a me first player

  6. acdc363 - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    AMEN! Good sheet Matt Moore.

  7. lakerluver - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    “He never did anything to please them”?!! Give me a freaking break!! He lead that franchise back to relevancy after they let Shaq just waltz right into L.A. Instead of criticizing Dwight the Magic need to figure out how they’ve had two of the most physically dominant specimens in the history of the league and came away with ZERO titles. AND lost both of those players–in their primes–to the same team!!!!!

  8. Mr. Wright 212 - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Oak ha.

  9. money2long - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    hey oakley..the magic just pleased him anyway they could but dwight never did anything to please them?

    how’s taking that team to the finals sound?

    the only way dwight could have “pleased” the magic during the last two seasons however was resign with them. that was the ONLY way he could have pleased them. a box of chocolates and flowers wouldn’t have done the trick there. and while he actually did sign another contract with the magic within the last 2 yrs, that was just a temporary fix. that one yr extension. but they wanted dwight all in. and sadly, dwight made it very clear (by whining if you will) that his time in ORL was up and he would NEVER sign his name on anything magic-affiliated again.

    i don’t understand if oakley thinks there was another way dwight could have pleased them. but as i see it, a long term deal would’ve been the answer for magic officials. but that wasn’t going to happen.

  10. knightrider1755 - Aug 26, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    DH could’ve pleased them by doing what he promised to do instead of jerking the franchise around and forcing them to fire a pretty decent coach, Stan Van Gundy. I am certain the franchise would’ve gotten over him leaving after last season had he been more forthcoming and not “wishy washy” about what he really wanted to do.

  11. raidmagic - Aug 26, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    In my eyes (that of a Magic fan) had he stayed the course last year NOT opted in and dealt with being traded where ever it was they were going to trade him after the Spurs game he would have been a real free agent this summer and none of that would have gone on. Forget everything that happened before that point. Forget blaming management had he just took the trade and moved on no one would be hating on him. End of story. Magic fans had resigned themselves to the fact he wasn’t going to finish the year here.

    • money2long - Aug 26, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      dwight would have never hit the market. not after cleveland lost lebron for nothing. we seen what denver did after the fact. they couldn’t lose melo for nothin.

      had he NOT signed that extension last year, he would have already been a laker. lemme fill you in.

      prior to the lakers acquiring steve nash, kobe and dwight had a phone conversation that did not end well. at that point, a pairing of the two seemed impossible.

      prior to that, dwight was making his list of teams that he wanted to go to. the magic wanted to keep him at all cost. dwight was informing management of players to bring to the team in order to get him to stay with them. i do believe glen davis was one of those people, and they brought him to orlando.

      dwight still wasn’t pleased, and at some point made it clear that if the magic were to acquire steve nash, that he would resign with the team.

      that never happened. the magic didn’t have the assets to land nash. rumors of teams dwight wanted to play for and what teams wanted to trade for him started and the dwightmare begun.

      prior to last year’s trade deadline, the nets and lakers seemed to be the frontrunners for d12’s services. however, due to the nasty phone call between him and kobe, shaq always on dwight’s nuts about wanting to be like him along with dwight wanting to start his own path/legacy and not follow in that long lineage of greatness in LA, howard had his reasons for wanting to stay far away from the lakers.

      the magic knew that. the magic also knew dwight wanted the go to the nets. and this brings me to the trade deadline.

      dwight was pressured to sign that extension because the magic, at the time, told him, if you DON’T sign this extension, we will have no choice but to ship you to LA. it seemed as though the magic had to bully him into signing it for one, to get more time to find better deals or two, they wanted more time to get him the support casts he needs.

      fast forward to this summer. the lakers pull off the most unexpected move of the offseason and acquire steve nash. dwight’s whole mind changes and he was then willing to consider playing in LA. the magic pull the trigger on a deal. the lakers get their man.

      i don’t think, like you pointed out, he NOT signing the extension could have saved his image. i think what ruined him was making a list of teams he’d like to play for while he was still a magic.

      imagine you and your wife had some issues and you found a list under her pillow of men she is considering giving her “services” to. or worse, she made it public.

      also, consider all the stuff dwight couldn’t control, like the rumors from team execs, his agent and media people. dwight’s image was being tarnished by the day and we barely heard the stuff out his mouth! people got turned off by dwight at the sight of his name online. dwight was in hiding this whole summer, even skipped his own camp (i guess you could blame his back for that). but with each passing day, people got more sick of him.

      any time a team’s star player, has one yr left on his contract he has to answer questions about whether he wants to commit. there were internal problems with the magic, it was going to get public eventually because everyone would want to know why dwight has not locked up a long term deal. the only thing that should not have gone public is where he wanted to go. that should be something held in secrecy between his agent and the person that signs dwight’s check.

      • money2long - Aug 26, 2012 at 8:38 PM

        hahaha i didnt know i wrote this much !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. krazytrane - Aug 26, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    “emo struck teenager”?

  13. magicbucs - Aug 26, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    @chadink…
    Coward because he quit on his team, his city, fans, had his posse speak for him(coward) oh and couldnt keep commitment to the community with his kids basketball camp and lied on tv about making everything right = COWARD.

  14. nokoolaidcowboy - Aug 27, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Not a fan Mr. Plank but come on Oakley! What should they have done with you back in the day for your antics?

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