This was a perfect storm between the Boy Who Cried Trade and a sports media who is racing to be the first to report something.
In the age of social media, reporters are all trying to outscoop each other, being the one person to beat Adrian Wojnarowski to the punch. That’s what made this Dwightmare so terrible.
Dwight Howard met with teams, just like any other free agent. He didn’t call press conferences, and even had to remove himself from Los Angeles while he finalized his decision.
He did create a pretty ridiculous buzz in Orlando, so people were expecting something like this, and that’s why he never stood a chance.
One minute someone was reporting he’d signed with the Houston Rockets and the next that he was 50/50 and flying back to LA to meet with Mitch Kupchak (I won't mention names here, but I think we all know who let out that piece of "information").
Mark Medina was more concerned with getting the facts and heard what went down right from Howard’s mouth:
"I really don't know what was going on today. Today I called general manager and owner of Golden State, Atlanta, Dallas and then informed them that I won't go to their team. I also called Mitch tonight when I got in town. People were saying I was flip flopping again and that wasn't the case. After that, I contacted Mitch. Once I contacted him, I said I respect you, I respect what he did for me and the Lakers and then I called Houston after that. Before that, I don't know what happened. I knew everybody would try to turn this to a spectacle. The one thing I wanted to do was with class. That's why I called these teams myself. I couldn't meet with Mitch in person because people were coming out with a million stories. Before it got too crazy, I got on the phone. We were expected to sit down and talk, but it wasn't an opportunity to do it before."
That sounds more like it.
Dwight also tweeted:
“I've decided to become a member of the Houston Rockets. I feel its the best place for me and I am excited about joining the Rockets and I'm looking forward to a great season. I want to thank the fans in Los Angeles and wish them the best."
His free agency was the most anticipated of the off-season, and in all honesty he should have known that and factored it into how he handled things, but he didn't. That's on him.
The rest of this circus was about 90% due to reporters. Sure, Dwight changes his mind, and one "source" even told a reporter "hey, it's Dwight." However nearly all of this could have been avoided if people weren't out there trying to read minds and hope that they're the one who happens to be right.