Similar to Kim Kardashian at an NBA All-Star Game, Orlando Magic Center Dwight Howard now has his eyes on another suitor. The Chicago Bulls. The center recently opened up about the possibility of joining the NBA's best team,
"If I could play with Derrick right now and God wanted that to happen, it will happen," Howard said. "It has nothing to do with me not wanting to play with Derrick Rose. I love him. That's my brother."
He continued his divine thoughts with,
"It's about wherever God wants me to play, wherever He wants me to go," Howard said. "If that's Chicago, then it's Chicago. I'm praying that He's going to put me where I need to be."
Howard hasn't made much mention about the Bulls, although they would be the most realistic contender out of the All-Star center's short list of preferred teams.
There are an assortment of reasons why this idea just now reached the surface of discussion by Dwight. Most notably is the fact that he is already employed by another team in the NBA - Orlando - and until something happens it will remain that way. There is also the notion that both Howard and Rose share Adidas marketing contracts, one that Howard promptly shot down. Then there is the obvious, he wants to win.
Unfortunately now Dwight planted the seed of distraction, simply by mentioning the team's name. We all know that the Bulls are a focused team and march to the beat of head coach Tom Thibideau's drum, but the Howard speculation has even put an unwanted disturbance on the Magic's season. Which is comparatively indicative of their 12-9 record to this point.
The Bulls on the other hand, dealing with multiple injuries and fatigue due to the unique season, find themselves mildly wanting. They're attempting to try and maintain the NBA's best record and position themselves for home-court advantage in the playoffs, gearing up to challenge the Miami Heat again.
The key seems to be staying the course, not getting caught up in the talk, no matter the magnitude. And the game against the Heat on Sunday should reiterate that mantra. The Bulls came up just short minus Luol Deng 97-93, against a full-strength Miami Heat.
The question still remains, if you're Gar Forman or John Paxson, and you have the opportunity to get the most dominant center since Shaquille O'Neal, do you try to get him?
Rose spoke briefly about the possibility,
“Me and Dwight definitely have a relationship, especially because of adidas. I know our market and the city speaks for itself, if someone was interested to come to the Chicago Bulls. Dwight, he’s a great player. Who wouldn’t want to play with him, but you never know what’s going to happen.”
"As I See It",
The Bulls still may be able to conjure up a salvageable playoff run this season, and maybe a legit title shot. With Rose's work ethic, you know the two would work tirelessly during the off-season to be more cohesive and Howard's "desire to win" would fuel the motivation to somewhat seamlessly transition to Chicago.
AISI Note: Dwight Howard 20+rebound games this season - 6
Joakim Noah 20+ rebound games this season - 0
"How I See It",
Bad idea for Chicago, not for Orlando. In order to get Howard the Bulls will undoubtedly have to give up something of extreme value and in bulk (Noah, Deng, Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson) and depending on how you slice it - by acquiring Howard - and losing one or more of the aforementioned players, it would cause a major ripple in the team's "chemistry".
If Howard is willing to distract a team mid-season with trade talks and pandering about other teams in the same division, how can a legitimate title contender such as Chicago not take note of such actions and act cautiously. In my opinion, the Orlando Magic have been legitimate contenders throughout the past 4 season's, making the playoff's with 50+ wins in each season. Howard and the Magic made it to the NBA Finals during the 2008-09 season, losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in 5 games.
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