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Chandler Parsons would have booed Dwight Howard, too

Mar 6, 2014, 12:03 PM EDT

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The Orlando Magic showed their Dwight Howard tribute video, and as expected, fans booed (though not as thoroughly as I would have hoped during the entire video).

Presumably, Chandler Parsons, now Howard’s teammate with the Houston Rockets, was not among the jeerers.

But in a different time and place, he could have been.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

Having spent much of his life attending Magic home games, Rockets forward Chandler Parsons completely understood why fans booed Dwight Howard. Though he had been among those wearing Howard uniforms at Magic games, Parsons said if he were still a kid in the stands, he would have booed, too.

“I’d probably boo him,” said Parsons, whose family purchased season tickets as soon as they went on sale 25 seasons ago. “That’s what makes playing on the road so fun and exciting. You support your home team. Anytime someone leaves a team, you’re going to be upset. Obviously, it’s a business decision. He did what’s best for him. As a fan, you don’t care about anything else besides that he left the Magic. If I were in the stands, I would definitely boo, too.”

I’m all for fans booing visiting players, especially players who forced their way out of that city. If I were a Magic fan, I would have booed the entire Howard video. Loudly.

But I also think it’s important fans realize – deep down, even if they’ll never admit it – it’s a bit absurd to boo a person because his jersey and shorts are now a different color than they used to be.

Parsons seems to get the distinction, and Howard definitely gets how fun this exercise can be.

Good for those two, and good for the Magic fans doing their part last night.

  1. olympicandelm - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    “But I also think it’s important fans realize – deep down, even if they’ll never admit it – it’s a bit absurd to boo a person because his jersey and shorts are now a different color than they used to be.”

    Yes, because cheering a traitor to your team makes much more sense..

    What did you want these fans to do — sit silently while the video played out? The guy bowed out of Orlando before, what one would consider, the prime of his career. Not to mention, he left for the same team Shaq did back when the Magic LAST appeared in a Championship game. I would boo him the whole game, he’s a traitor.

    When Howard rumors were flying that he wanted to be traded from Orlando, he silenced them by saying he wanted to be with the Magic for life. They’d subside for a second. Then they would rise again.. then subside. It was just like when Favre would mention retirement.. drama over nothing. Spit out how you honestly feel, suppress the desire to fill it with indecision.

  2. ProBasketballPundit - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Sure, I’ll just boo Dwight because he’s a terrible father and person.

  3. campcouch - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    That’s weirdness. His teammate was wearing his jersey in the stands. Sometimes I forget that players were fans at some point too…and Howard is officially a “old” baller lol.

  4. billtetley53 - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Pro: You know this how? By what the media tells you?

    Ugh. Why do you care if he’s a good father or not? How does it affect your everyday life?
    That’s just weird.

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