We are approaching the slow, slower and slowest times for the NBA. Most of the big moves have already been made. Training camp is a couple months away. For the next couple of weeks, we'll have the Olympics to keep us busy. Then it will be quiet. But, it seems that we will always have Dwight Howard to fall back on.
This is the story that never seems to end. First, he wanted a trade. Then he didn't want a trade. Then he did want a trade. Then he decided he was a loyal guy and he picked up his option for next year with Orlando. And all of us thought that the drama was over. We could only be so lucky.
Next thing we knew, Stan Van Gundy was spouting off at a press conference about how Dwight wanted him fired and Dwight coming in with a Judas-like embrace saying it wasn't true. But, Stan was fired and so was GM Otis Smith. And once again, we all thought that Dwight would be happy with his lot in Orlando. Not so fast.
Since the offseason has started, there has been one story after another about Dwight demanding a trade, Dwight wanting only the Nets, Dwight willing to go to the Lakers, Dwight refusing an extension with everyone, and Dwight still wanting a trade. Talk about Dwight overload. I couldn't be happier to have quiet, classy, and loyal Chris Wilcox and Jason Collins signed as our centers rather than having to be involved in the bidding for Dwight.
The Celtics have always been about team first. Red preached it through the years. Doc has preached it throughout the eight years of his tenure with the Celtics. Ubuntu has been the theme of the Celtics over the past 5 years. Even though the Big 3 is no more with the departure of Ray Allen, the Celtics are still all about team first. The Celtics is not the place for a "me first" player like Dwight Howard.
Dwight even has drawn ESPN into the fray. It appears that the story about Dwight changes so often, ESPN doesn't even have time to write their own reports about it. Deadspin has the story about Sportcenter featuring A Dwight Howard story that was plagiarized word for word from RealGM.com.
I wish Orlando would just trade him so the drama for this season will hopefully end. But, since he has stated that he won't sign an extension with any team and wants to be a free agent next season, we have this circus to go through all over again.