Dwight Howard Has Become Delusional
So it's completely normal that Howard has decided to take a trip down memory lane and remember the time he spent in Orlando. But, at some point on that trip, Howard must have gotten lost.
Because the Howard I remember and the Howard he remembers may not be the same person.
In a recent interview in the Orlando Sentinel, Howard expressed that he was "a little upset about that" in reference to Tobias Harris asking to suit up in his old number.
Now, Howard did not know at the time that Harris was requesting it to honor a a teenage friend who had passed away from leukemia. However, it was almost as if Howard was completely offended by the notion that the organization would give any type of thought to letting his number be worn by another human being.
The only possible comparison I can think of would be if a recent NBA D-League call-up for the Chicago Bulls requested to wear the number 23.
Now, let's get back to reality, which is something Dwight Howard doesn't seem to be too concerned with right now.
Is this guy seriously complaining about someone else wearing his number when he decided to bolt for Hollywood to join the Lakers, which turned out to be a complete and utter disaster? You've got to be kidding me.
Howard's leaving for the Lakers isn't even the biggest factor in this pile of ridiculousness. It's more of an issue with his accomplishments as a member of the Magic.
Did Howard put up ridiculous individual numbers at times? Absolutely. Did he help lead his team to a championship? Not that I'm aware of.
Sorry, Dwight, but division championships aren't what jersey retiring ceremonies are made of.
And that's where the line has to be drawn. Howard put up great stats and helped the Magic win a ton of games, but the team only made one trip to the NBA Finals. And they lost in five games. Maybe someone can explain to me why that's worthy of retiring a number
At one point, Howard was one of the most likable guys in the league. Now, by making comments such as this, he's found himself heading rapidly down that list.
What's next with this guy? Will he admit that he was irked by the fact that the Magic organization didn't shower him with praise by holding a massive parade for him following his exit?
Hopefully sooner rather than later, Howard will return to reality and join the rest of us.
If he doesn't, then you better start preparing yourselves, Rocket fans. He might request that his number be retired on the spot after racking up a double-double in a meaningless mid-January game against the Bucks.