Lakers Look Foolish Chasing Dwight

Dwight Howard Billboard

I wonder if Jerry Buss was rolling in his grave when the Lakers unveiled a billboard imploring Dwight Howard to “Stay.” The Lakers were one of the few organizations in the NBA where they never had to beg players to stay or come to the Lakers. Their name and championships were enough to convince any player to join them, but now they’re acting like a desperate lover trying to hold onto someone who was never good for them in the first place and looking desperate is never a good look.

When Dwight Howard is the cream of the free agency crop, you know it’s going to be a bad harvest of available talent. Sure CP3 is a free agent, but when the Clippers landed Doc Rivers, that move ensured CP3 wasn’t going anywhere. And Josh Smith isn’t going to be a one man savior for any team, so that leaves Dwight Howard as the most desired and sought after free agent.

I just can’t fathom why the Lakers are so desperate to chase Dwight. Dwight is not an elite player and never will be. In a league where big men are as common as a Kardashian not chasing publicity it was easy for some to label Dwight as the best center, but he never had the skills or credentials to warrant such a title. As the Magic and now the Lakers found out if Dwight doesn’t get his way he acts out and pouts like a petulant child. Maybe that is one reason why Dwight facilitated forced a trade from Orlando, to take acting classes in Hollywood in hopes of winning the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role because lets face it, Dwight is a drama queen on and off the court.

Do the Lakers really think a billboard is going to convince Dwight Howard to stay? Why don’t they just call up their Hollywood friends to put a little montage together of all the Laker greats and then leave a blank space with Dwight’s name. Fitting it’s a blank space since Dwight likes to go invisible when the pressure is on. Of course now is the time when other teammates start to lobby for the players, like Steve Nash who sent a tweet out to Dwight stating if he stays, in 20 years they’ll build a statue of him outside of the Staples Center. I just hope it’s made of cardboard so it’s life like and folds just like Dwight.

Instead of putting up a billboard for Dwight, perhaps a Titanic size SOS might have been more appropriate for the Lakers. The Lakers are an organization that hasn’t come to grips that it can no longer contend for a championship. Dwight Howard is not going to help them or starve off the Kobe retirement talks. They have a point guard in Steve Nash who already had his senior citizen’s discount card at Denny’s when they signed him and they have a coach in D’Antoni whose system doesn’t work with the players on this team. This team is sinking and signing to Howard to a max deal would handcuff them financially and basketball wise set them back because Dwight lacks the maturity, leadership and skills needed to be an elite player. Sure Dwight needs the max deal money to dole out to his harem of baby mothers but the Lakers don’t need him to survive as a franchise and they should stop begging for him to stay. They’re too great of a franchise to embarrass themselves like this. If he wants to walk let him. Like after all bad relationships, you’ll be better off in the end.

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JC Ruiz is a Miami, FL based photographer that specializes in portrait, fashion and sports photography. Born and raised in Boston, MA, he has lived in South Florida since 1993. He is a die hard Red-Sox, Celtics, Patriots and University of Miami Hurricanes fan.

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  1. The Dwight bashing is ridiculous. The man led the league in rebounding while injured (where was Bynum? ). While in Orlando, Dwight led a team to the Finals and routinely ate up opponents down low. Have you forgotten why the Lakers traded for him and their fans were excited in the first place?

    So now he’s a bum undeserving of teams fawning over him? Or is it that it’s coming from the Lakers that this action is appalling? News flash: This aint the Jerry Buss and Jerry West led Lakers. These current Lakers have no direction or clue as to what they’re doing. If it were you, would you sign onto an organization run like this?

    • Lakers traded for Dwight because Lakers always go after the biggest name and they were looking for the next cornerstone to lead the team to more championships once Kobe left. They felt being around Kobe and Pau etc. he would fall into line and basically grow up

      I wouldn’t go as far as to say Dwight single handily lead the Magic to the finals. I was pretty sure their 3pt shooting and the play making ability of Jameer Nelson was one of the biggest reasons why they went.

      And by eating up opponents down low you mean just dunking the basketball right? He has limited moves in the post and gets benched in the 4th quarter because he is a liability on the offensive side especially at the free throw line. Sure Shaq suffered at the free throw line as well but Shaq had the ability to create in the post, something Dwight has yet to figure out.

  2. With the way you’re painting Dwight, why trade for him in the first place? He was eating opponents up down low. Doesn’t matter if it was by dunk or hook shot or flip shots overhead. Three point shooters don’t free themselves. Dwight wasn’t the only reason Orlando went to the Finals just like Duncan, Shaq or KG wasn’t the only reason for their teams. But he was the main reason. Besides if the others were so good, where are they now?

    You’re still blaming Dwight for what has become a poorly run franchise. Pau is either on the trading block, on the 3 point line, or on the bench. Kobe either hasn’t learned to play without the ball or doesn’t want to which makes an aging Nash even less effective. These Lakers have no clue as to what they’re doing. The blame of Howard is misplaced. Even if he re-signs, where are they going?

    • I’ll still disagree that he was eating opponents up down low, but for as to the others on his team and they’re whereabouts now, they all overachieved that year. They were never a championship contending team but at the that time the East was wide open after KG blew his knee out and rendered the Celtics average and even then the Celtics took them to 7 games in the 2nd round of playoffs.

      I don’t blame Dwight for the franchise and how it’s run, I blame the Lakers for pandering to him as if he was the one to resurrect the franchise from its impending descent into mediocrity. I agree the team is a complete mess and maybe it would be wise if they blew it up a la the Celtics but begging Dwight to stay is a new low for such a storied and revered franchise.

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