A ‘Super’ Exaggeration

Posted: September 27, 2012 in Basketball, NBA, Sports
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Eric Fantillo

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September 26, 2012

Blog Post #1

The league is abuzz with news of the resurgence of one of its greatest franchises; The Los Angeles Lakers (LAL). However, the colossal new edition, of arguably the best center in the league, was overshadowed by a horrendous abuse of power by the media in Orlando.

Dwight Howard as a Laker

A smiling Dwight Howard shows off his new LAL jersey (Image courtesy of ESPN.com).

Dwight Howard aka ‘Superman’, formerly of the Orlando Magic, was traded to the LAL in early August 2012. The 16-time champion franchise acquired him in a trade that involved four NBA (National Basketball Association) teams, twelve players, and five draft picks (See full details of the trade here). Before the trade was finalized, Dwight still had another year on his contract with Orlando.

Dwight had no intention of staying on with the Magic, and he made that clear to the franchise by asking for a trade shortly after his team was eliminated from the 2011-2012 post-season. As soon as the media got a hold of that bit of information, all bets were off. Wild speculation began on almost every sports news site. Where Dwight would go, what was said between him and the owners, if he gotten into a fight with his coach, and all kinds of crazy shenanigans. Some sites even began to insinuate that the six-time NBA All-Star had given up on the last season by faking getting injured  just so he could get a head start on being trade. Seeing as how he had back surgery in late April, that is obviously untrue.

Eventually, it spiraled so out of proportion that the media had molded an image of Dwight as a whining, disruptive and loud-mouthed infant that had to get his way no matter what. The fact of the matter is, Dwight had told Orlando’s management that he was unhappy with the team the year before (the 2010-2011 season). He asked them to make some changes and show him that they were serious about winning now, rather than later. They responded in a rather lackluster fashion.

With that in mind, Dwight stayed on that season and waited for better days. When still his team did nothing of significance, all the man did was politely ask for a trade. That’s more than can be said for other players of his caliber like LeBron James and Chris Bosh. Those two players left their teams during free agency. As such, their respective teams (the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors) could receive nothing in return for their stars. The way Dwight handled things allowed his team to get a huge head start on rebuilding their franchise (They got four players and three draft picks).

In short, the media misrepresented Dwight as the bad guy and did so by misinforming the public. In reality, he handled the situation with more class and care than some of his peers.

Sources:

http://www.nba.com/

http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/8256377/dwight-howard-traded-los-angeles-lakers

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