Why Dwight Howard REALLY Stayed in Orlando.

When Dwight Howard stepped the podium in the middle of last month and told us all that he was ending the drama and staying in Orlando out of “ loyalty,” that was assumedly the nail-in- the-coffin of the circus that enveloped the NBA for the 2011-2012 season.

It was dead. It was over. It was finito.

That was the furthest thing from the truth. As a matter of fact, now that Coach Stan Van Gundy has abandoned the mentorship portion of his job and whined to the media about Howard wanting him fired, we are in deeper than ever before.

Today, a report surfaced in the New York Post that details the real scenario that played out during the closing hours of the trade deadline that kept Howard in Orlando.

It goes a little something like this. The New Jersey Nets thought they had a deal done for Howard on March 14.The Nets were as we all know high on Howard’s rumored wish list.

The Magic in a bold last second move, according to the report, told Howard to sign the opt-out clause in his contract that would keep him in Orlando for another year OR they would trade him to the Lakers.

The report uses a quote from a source that said Howard was told to do it or “he would be a Laker by the end of the day.”

It basically came down to Howard choosing to stay put over his strong dislike of the idea of playing for the Lakers.

Had he gone to the Lakers the expectations for a Howard/Bryant pairing would have been sky-high. So high that it could have and probably would have sent the entire situation crashing right down on Howard’s head.

After all it would not have been Kobe’s fault. He’s won all of his rings right?

It makes sense as Howard can go and do as he pleases after next year but so many things can change in that time frame. I doubt the Nets are going to live life without a serious big man inside just to wait on the “chance” on snagging Howard for the 2013-2014 season.

Off-topic somewhat, I wonder if things got too quiet for awhile and the Magic decided to start “ leaking” comments and playing with us all just to shake things up? It would not be the first time this happened.

Regardless, there you have it, the real (alleged) truth of why Howard stayed in Orlando and how he was almost involved with this to bench-or-not-to-bench nonsense.

There was no loyalty, there was no love. Or so they say.

  • Robert McDowell

    This poor playing at the end of the season is hard to accept.
    Players cannot dictate how they are coached.
    It seems to me that too many players sit on the bench and never get much playing time , regardless
    of the final playing results when starters have not
    produced with so many turnovers. Good luck, Bob