With the NBA trade deadline looming, there is a lot of speculation as to if the Lakers will try to trade away Dwight Howard or roll the dice and hope he will stay after this season. Well I’m here to say the Lakers would be fools if they didn’t trade him away right now.
This is year number two of the Dwight Howard experience of him playing the “will I stay or will I go,” game and if the Lakers haven’t learned a lesson from Orlando than shame for them.
While Dwight Howard is easily one of the most dominant centers on the face of the planet, his production is definitely some what influenced by where he is playing and if he is having fun. Granted, Dwight has been injured over the past two years and is still recovering from that back problem, but from what I’ve seen of Dwight, if he isn’t happy, he isn’t going to produce.
When he was in Orlando, toward the beginning/middle of his career, he looked like he was having a blast, a kid just playing the game he loves. However, towards the end of his stint in Orlando and ever since his arrival in Los Angeles, I haven’t seen Dwight having the “fun” he use to have when he was dominating on a consistent basis.
Dwight has been hampered by being in the shadow of one of the greatest centers of all time….Shaq. Starting his career in Orlando like Shaq and then taking his talents to the Lakers, like Shaq. Until Howard leaves the Lakers and goes to a new team where he can be the center piece, he will always be under Shaq’s shadow.
Howard in Laker Land just doesn’t make too much sense to me, at least not right now. Howard wants to go somewhere he can be the star, the center of attention, but in Los Angeles, the sheriff in town is still Kobe Bryant, and until Bryant retires it’s his team and it’s his town.
The worst part about it is Kobe doesn’t look like he is going anywhere, showing no signs of age slowing him down and it wouldn’t surprise me if he could keep up this level of play for another 4-5 years. So what’s Howard gonna do, sit quietly in the corner for 4-5 years and wait until Kobe retires so he can be the big dog in town? No, I don’t think so.
If you ever watch any of Dwight’s interview’s and someone asks about his future his answer is always usually the same, “i’m concentrated on this season and this team right now.” That to me doesn’t sound like a man who wants to have a future in purple and gold. It sounds like to me that his little Laker experiment has backfired and once this season is over he will be gone, to either Brooklyn or Dallas (just my guess).
That’s why the Lakers need to move Howard by 3:00 P.M. tomorrow and get whatever they can in return for him. If they don’t and Dwight leaves after this season the Lakers are going to be in some trouble. Why roll the dice on someone who clearly doesn’t really seemed thrilled to even be a Laker in the first place?
Will he stay or will he go? Nobody knows….except Dwight himself.