“Keep your mouth shut and play basketball,” said Robertson, who was a guest on our radio show Wednesday and will be in town during All-Star Weekend to raise awareness for prostate cancer. ”If he wants to be traded, he’s going to be traded. Go and talk to the owners and say, ‘I want to be traded’ and keep it a secret.’ In a situation like this, he can’t win. … Anytime they (Magic) stumble and fall and every time they get beat, they’re going to blame Dwight Howard and it’s totally unfair because it’s not all his fault. I don’t think management has done a great job in keeping certain players on the team. They had a nucleus of players that got them to the Finals and then, all of the sudden, it’s gone downhill.”
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Oscar Robertson, also known as Mr. Triple-Double, is right when telling Dwight Howard to focus on his play.
Of course, Howard can opt-out of his contract at season’s end and become an unrestricted free agent. Translation: he can leave the Magic and pick his next destination.
Right now, Howard is under contract, earning the maximum amount available under the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Sadly, the franchise player has created a giant distraction by updating his status like a teenager on facebook. And everyday the 24-hour news cycle has a different rumor, twist, or angle to report.
Instead of speculating, complaining, and thinking aloud, Howard should focus on rebounding, scoring, and, most importantly, leading his Magic down the stretch.
Everything else will fall into place.
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