With both the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic watching the rest of the playoffs from the comfort of their living rooms, fans and newspapers that love both teams have nothing left to do but speculate on where the latter’s center, Dwight Howard, will end up after he inevitably leaves the Magic.
Given that Howard has opted not to commit to a long-term contract extension with Orlando -- despite having ample opportunity to do so -- this rampant speculation is anything but surprising. Plus, when you figure in the fact that nearly 15 years ago Shaquille O’Neal dumped the Magic for the Lakers in an eerily similar situation, you can see why folks would begin to wonder about Dwight’s intentions.
On Monday evening, the Orlando big man took to Twitter to express his frustrations:
"Y does it seem like the writers of Orlando sentinel are tryna push me out of Orlando with dumb articles. It's annoying. Can I enjoy my summer and get ready for next season in Orlando. Pls. Same thing u guys did to Shaq. Smh"
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"I'm not blaming the media. I'm saying stop with the dumb articles. They don't make be decision of mine. I just don't want Orlando fans to believe them. Cuz they don't know. I love my city"
Obviously, attempting to justify his desire to leave Orlando by blaming the media is hardly the classiest of moves by the generally likable big man. It’s the job of newspapers to explore various realistic possibilities on what may or may not happen to the subjects that they cover -- and Dwight heading to L.A. is an extremely realistic scenario.
Again, all Howard has to do to quiet the non-stop rumors is commit to a long-term extension with the Magic.
Smart money says that’s not going to happen, though.