And then there’s Dwight Howard. Dwight David Howard. 8-time All-Star. 3-time Defensive Player of the Year. 5-time rebounding champion. Slam dunk champion. Olympic gold medalist. One of the most dominant players in the game. And he was just shipped to Charlotte for Marco Belinelli, a Plumlee, and a swap of second round picks.
In other words, if you can haul it, you can have it.
That’s the proverbial sofa left on the side on the road. That’s a former 8-time All-Star being traded for a 31-year-old journeyman guard and the second-best Plumlee. That’s not a trade, that’s a fire sale. That’s a dump. That’s a move you make when you just want to run a guy out of town. Which means he’s now on his 5th team in 7 years.
I’m just going to go ahead and say that return to his hometown didn’t go according to plan. What was your favorite moment of Dwight’s time in Atlanta? Was it when he was a non-factor in the playoffs? Or when he was pulled over for doing 95 in a 65 in the early morning hours before Game 6 of the Wizards series? Or was it the recent report that he was working on his three-point game? Because nothing makes more sense than a 56% free throw shooter spotting up from deep.
Nope. The greatest moment of the Dwight Howard Atlanta Hawks Era had to be last night itself. Because the only thing more Dwight Howard 2017 than getting traded for a guard and a Plumlee was what happened on Twitter.
Ol Dwight hopped on Twitter to have a Q&A with fans about NBA moves. “Ok Twitter Fans, give me your thoughts , trades or otherwise & Remember 2B-Nice” and nine minutes later, Woj tweeted: “Sources: Charlotte is sending Miles Plumlee, Marco Belenelli and 41st pick to Atlanta for Dwight Howard and 31st pick.”
In other words, Dwight went on Twitter to have a little Q&A with the fans about prospective moves and then minutes later, he was moved himself. And of course the responses to his tweet were pretty much what you’d expect.
Don’t Suspend Me tweeted: Dwight what do you think of your trade?
Pistons 15: You just got traded for a hot pocket & a Gatorade
Twin Cane: Now that you’ve been on 63 teams in 7 years do you regret single handedly destroying the Orlando magic franchise & getting Stan van Gundy fired?
Campaign Camo: How does it feel to be talked about being traded while talking about other players being traded?
But credit to Dwight, he still did answer one question about trades. One person on twitter asked him: “Dwight what do you think of the Paul George rumors. Where do you think he’s going?” And Dwight responded with “He has so many great options, tough 2 Call” Brilliant. That’s the kind of insight you can only get from a real insider. The type of insight you can only get from one of the best bigs in the game. Glad you were able to open up like that with your fans on twitter.
So did he not know he was going to be traded and just found out in the middle of his impromptu Q&A? Or did he know he was about to be traded and still jumped on Twitter to talk trades?
With anyone else, I’d say there’s no way he knew and that he found out in the worst way. With Dwight, anything is possible. The guy was pounding the equivalent of 24 candy bars worth of sugar per day and still productive in the NBA, so truly anything is possible.
Honestly, this isn’t the worst thing ever for Dwight. He’s going to a coach in Steve Clifford who’s worked with him in the past and has been able to get good things out of him. Maybe Clifford can work another miracle. Maybe he can turn back the clock and get back to that Hall of Fame level again. But the flip side of that while Steve Clifford is his coach, Michael Jordan is his owner, and something tells me that Jordan won’t find Dwight even remotely amusing.
Good luck, Dwight. You’re gonna need it. And if you know what’s good for you, you’ll put down both your phone and those 20 snickers you planned on crushing in the next hour or so.