By: Jake Mackey
It was reported late Tuesday night that soon-to-be free agent center Dwight Howard will meet with the Boston Celtics along with his hometown team the Atlanta Hawks, according to ESPN.
As a Celtics fan, I am in no position to be picky when it comes to free agents. A big-time free agent has never come to the Celtics in the nearly 70-year history of the franchise. However, when it comes to the possibility of Dwight Howard donning the green, I want nothing to do with that.
The 30-year old, 6-11, 265 pound freak of an athlete has a career average of 17.8 points and 12.7 rebounds per game in 12 seasons. Howard came into the league as an 18-year old out of high school. He burst onto the scene with the Orlando Magic making them a contender for multiple seasons from 2008-2010, and even taking them to the NBA Finals in 2009, where they would lose to the Lakers. Everyone, including himself, were touting him as the next Shaq because of his freakish size and athleticism. However, as most superstars do, Howard darted for the Lakers as soon as he could which is where his career took a major flop in 2013. He departed after one season for Houston where he has been a mediocre center at best, and a virus to the locker room.
After 12-seasons in the league with unmatched physical potential with the likes of Kobe Bryant and James Harden playing next to him, Dwight Howard has not amounted to jack, simply because of his attitude. We saw that early in his career first-hand in Boston in the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals. Howard was one of the league’s best players that season, until the East Finals when Kevin Garnett made a fool out of him, and made him lose his mind:
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More Dwight Howard softness:
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If the Celtics were to sign Dwight Howard it would be a complete sign of desperation. Wyc Grousbeck got booed by his usually happy-go-lucky fanbase after no fireworks went off at the draft last week, and now he is panicking.
Now, some people may be saying, “Well if Howard gets you Durant, then why not bring him in?” While that makes some sense, to that I say why would Durant wan’t to play with Howard? He has proven to be a player that other superstars despise playing with, and he could single-handedly ruin the team attitude that the Celtics can sell themselves on.
Wyc Grousbeck and Danny Ainge need to think things over, because if they think that signing Dwight Howard constitutes the fireworks that green-teamers are looking for, they are sadly mistaken. I would prefer to strike out on getting Durant, and settling for a rebuild than maxing out on Dwight Howard to only be the fourth or fifth best team in the east once again.