For over a year the Brooklyn Nets have made endless overtures to the Orlando Magics try to acquire Dwight Howard, the most dominant big man in the NBA. In only five short seasons in the league Dwight Howard has won back-2-back defensive MVP awards, an Olympic Gold Medal, and gained world-wide infamy when he won the dunk contest wearing a superman costume and cape. Pundits and scouts around league consider Dwight Howard to be one of the top five players in the entire league due to his offensive production, his elite rebounding on the glass, and ability to change the game on the defensive end of the court.
Despite the endless accolades, awards, and jaw dropping highlight reels I believe that the Brooklyn Nets are making huge mistake. During the NBA shortened season fans and pundits alike bared witness to an indecisive superstar who quit on his team, demonstrated several instances of immaturity and worst of all exhibited no leadership qualities at all frequently pouting on the court and not sitting away from his teammate in team huddles.
His behavior this past season was deplorable and the Nets should consider how Dwight will respond if he became a third option on a loaded Nets squad with Deron William, Joe Johnson, and Gerald Wallace. How will Dwight respond if he is not the primary option? Will throw his coach or teammates under the bus like he did in Orlando? Will he join the huddle if the play is not called for him?
The Nets will be taking a huge risk in gutting their current roster and future draft picks (rumor says 10 players and 4 teams are involved in trade) for Dwight Howard because he has yet to display the maturity to match his Superman-like physique and play on the court. The Nets risk tying up nearly $100 million to sign Dwight in addition to the franchise having to pay $172 million luxury tax for being over the cap.
Although Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is a billionaire please believe he accrued his wealth by making wise investments and avoid fools gold despite its illustrious shine and glimmer. If Dwight is traded to the Nets his addition will certainly be very profitable. But in the beginning isn’t everyone happy? I am sure the Nets owner will know when to buy and when to sell. Another day, another rumor,stay tuned… I know I will – A. Denmark (@eatdrnkslpsprtz)