Nobody could have predicted the roller coaster the last 9 months would have been for Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic.
After months of back and forth with the last few days being the most strenuous, the Magic get to keep their franchise player. Howard opted in to the remaining year of his contract by signing the waiver of his early termination option and now will remain with the Magic till the Summer of 2013 (presumably).
The Howard saga has been yes, no, maybe, perhaps, no again, yes again. definitely maybe, and every ambiguous answer you can think of in between.
It was not until late Wednesday evening (really Thursday morning) when RealGm.com broke (or re-broke) the story that Howard would indeed stay with Orlando.
Fans and media members who have been long time supporters of the very likeable Howard turned on him as a result of Howard’s indecision but after Thursday afternoon’s press conference most if not all are back on his side.
The drama is finally at an end and while many will criticize the gentle giant for following his heart and remaining loyal, many NBA players applauded his loyalty. Although I am sure the Magic wish it could have came a little sooner.
All the waffling undoubtedly put a hindrance on potential deals to make the team better this year. It was apparent in the press conference that Otis Smith was ready to get back to his office to field and make calls even going so far as saying ” I don’t know why I am here anymore”.
The trade deadline passed without any additions to the Magic roster but sometimes sticking with what you have isn’t so bad especially when its a player that is as special on and off the court as Howard.
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Written by Warren Shaw
I am an avid Basketball fan who has worked for the New York Knicks, Alonzo Mourning Charities and various other sports organizations. Having covered many NBA and various professional sporting events has given me the opportunity to provide insight with an unbiased but flavor driven view. I look forward to providing NBA content and interacting with knowledgeable fans and readers. Follow me on Twitter @shawsports or Email your questions to me at Warrenshaw@prosportsblogging.com