DwightMare is Finally Over

8/10/12 in NBA   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

Finally. 

The Dwight Howard story finally has a conclusion. Since January 2012, Dwight had managed to completely dominate headlines and become one of the most hated athletes in the digital media generation. Yes, more hated than LeBron James. 

Jan 20, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) and Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) meet prior to the start of the game at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIREDwight's Indecision far outweighed 'The Decision' LeBron became notoriously hated for. The DwightMare is over -- and Lakers fans all over the world are celebrating. Just last week, Dwight was heavily booed at Dodger Stadium by the people who will now bow down to him. 

But that is neither here nor there. The Lakers are now instantly title contenders and favorites to represent the Western Conference. With a starting lineup that features Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard, the Lakers have managed to out-do their co-tenants this offseason and move ahead of Lob City in the headlines as well as the future standings. 

The Clippers had a very nice offseason and built one of the deepest squads in the NBA, however, their efforts to improve pale in comparison to what Mitch Kupchak managed to pull off. Ridding themselves of Andrew Bynum for a defensive stalwart and impressive specimen will allow Kobe to compete for a sixth championship right away. Bynum wore out his welcome in Lakerland. Fans of the team recognize when a player dogs it and Bynum's lack of effort every other night was a sign of things to come. 

Effort is un-coachable. Bynum was unable to mature in his seven years with the Lakers and will forever be remembered for his poor attitude...unless he manages to change in Philadelphia. 

The big winners, other than the Lakers, are the Denver Nuggets. Andre Iguodala will elevate the Nuggets play on both ends of the floor and perhaps place them among the top tier in the West. 
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