During the player introductions Saturday, Howard received a standing ovation. He said that moment was special for him.
“It was emotional,” he said. “It was great to see their reaction. And like I’ve told you guys from day one, I love this city. … When I came here, everybody called our team the Orlando Tragic. I wanted to change it. Nobody says tragic anymore.”
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Perhaps there is hope.
Perhaps the fan support will influence Dwight Howard to rescind his trade demand, avoid opting-out of his contract next July, and sign a long-term extension with the Orlando Magic.
Such a scenario is unlikely.
Howard wants a larger market, superstar teammates, and a chance at winning a championship each year.
This means he must take flight for one of the NBA’s major markets. Think Los Angeles, but only if the Lakers give up Andrew Bynum, the golden boy in the organization. Think New Jersey, but only if the Nets re-sign point guard Deron Williams. Think Dallas, but only if the Mavericks can clear the necessary cap space.
Yesterday was positive. So there is hope for Orlando fans. Just not much of it.
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