We hate to interrupt your regularly scheduled Nightcap but there’s big news coming out of the NBA. The Dwight Howard heel turn has finally run its course as the NBA’s most hated player has finally been dealt from Orlando to the Lakers in a blockbuster four-team trade. Here are the highlights:
— Dwight Howard goes to the Lakers.
— Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson go to Philly.
— Andre Iguodala goes to the Nuggets.
— Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic and one protected future first-round pick from each of the other three teams go to Orlando.
Of course, all of this is pending David
Cobblepot’s Stern’s approval, so nothing is guaranteed. Let’s get a few initial reactions out of the way before we let you guys sound off:
1. Really, Orlando? This is the best you could do? Basically, they got three late first-rounders and some scraps. So much for luring a star to the city to replace Howard. This is only marginally better than letting Howard go at the end of the season. They better swing for Pau Gasol at the 11th hour. Sheesh. At least they had Penny when Shaq left. And no that fat contract they gave Jameer doesn’t count.
2. Poor Iggy. He’s going to come home with a gold medal and play for a perennial 6th seed in Denver forever. But we all knew he was leaving Philly at some point. It just would have been nice to have him at a contender.
3. Think Bynum’s a d*ck? Well sports Karma has just struck since he has the unenviable distinction of sharing a front court with Kwame Brown on two separate teams. A fate worse than Charlotte.
4. Speaking of Philadelphia. Bynum. Doug Collins. The City. Buckle up because the City of Brotherly Love is going to be the biggest clusterf*ck in the NBA. Between the 76ers and the ensuing NFL football dynasty, Philly is going to be all over the news all year.
5. The Lakers now boast Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Who Cares, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard as its starting line-up. Three MVPs. Seven Championships. Two Defensive Player Of The Year trophies. A lock for the Finals? Maybe, but the Lakers still have to contend with its biggest threat that’s not going away: Mike Brown.
6. It appears as though Dwight Howard won’t sign an extension and will instead test the free market. This means that by the end of this season we will have had three straight years of Dwight Howard’s bullish*t.Ugh. It would have been nice if he’d spent any of this time actually developing a post-up move but what do I know? By next summer he’ll be punching Make-A-Wish Kids in the kidneys and leaving flaming turd bags in handicapped parking spots. He must be stopped.