Dwight Howard a Sixer? Never wanted it to happen, and lucky it was never even close to happening.
The man is a whining version of LeBron James and his “The Decision” days. Howard wanted out of Orlando and bitched until it happened. He was such a bad teammate, he pissed off Jameer Nelson.
The guy opted in for next season with Orlando instead of becoming a free agent. He wanted to go only to Brooklyn or the Lakers. Part of me is ticked that he got his wish. But, then without Howard and his two-year-old infantile ways, the Sixers don’t get Andrew Bynum.
So, yeah, thanks Dwight Howard. Thanks for being that little bitch.
John Finger of CSNPhilly.com outlines how the Sixers got into talks that ultimately landed the team its first potential annual All-Star since Allen Iverson was shipped out of town.
It all started by inquiring about Dwight Howard just to get in the door. The team never saw Howard as an option (thankfully) and talks never got very far.
“We had approached Orlando about a month ago probably that we would have some interest in Howard if they saw anything with us that might look good to them,” Thorn told Finger. “That’s probably about the time it started. We’ve had different conversations with them and LA over the last three weeks, and talking about different things. Bynum came into the conversation with us at that time. It took some time. It didn’t get out over the course of a lot of conversations. It just didn’t happen overnight.
“I’m sure we weren’t the only ones that had expressed interest to Orlando regarding Howard. We weren’t one of his designated cities. Then, we had conversations after that. Then, (Andrew) Bynum’s name came up so we pursued that aspect.”
Remember when Pat Croce always said, “If you don’t ask, the answer is always ‘no.’” Looks like the current Sixers regime follows the same philosophy.
Without making an inquiry for Howard, the Sixers are never in the talks. It’s good to see this ownership back into the mix. The Ed Snider days are truly behind us.
Now, we get to see what Bynum can do in Philly and whether he can bring some toughness that has been missing in the lane since Charles Barkley was sent to Phoenix. (All apologies to Dikembe.)
Once more, thanks, Dwight. Your childish behavior and sense of entitlement got us Bynum.