If YOU were God, would you want Dwight Howard on the Bulls?

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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",

I can only imagine what Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose and whatever pieces remain, would look in a Tom Thibideau defense. Frankly, it's quite scary to even think about.

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.

HISI Notes: Dwight Howard averaged 26ppg against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. However against the Lakers in the NBA Finals his scoring dipped to 15ppg.


Do YOU want Dwight Howard to come to the Bulls? Comment below.


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  • yes! let them have deng, noah , boozer, and a first round pick

  • Two things suggested by you, but not on the merits:

    1. If I were God, the first thing I would do is cure all of the listed ailments. Then, at least we would have seen if Deng could have guarded James.

    2. And since you mentioned Kim Kardashian, you can ask Chris Humphries how that worked. At least two late night hosts referred to her as Ho last night.Except they used the 3 syllable word.

    Closer to your topic, the general thing mentioned yesterday is that Deng can't be part of the deal because he won't be able to pass the physical in the near term.

    Finally, I'll throw out the point that the ESPN guys were debating the top 5 in the Eastern Conference and came up with it being between 6. I don't know if it is the lack of training camp or the compressed schedule, but it seems like a lot of teams have a lot of injuries, and in the East, only the top 6 seem to have any chance, and the rest are like Washington and Charlotte. If one of the goals of the lockout was to restore competitive balance, they sure didn't.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack you couldn't be more right about the lockout. It's actually detrimental to players health and livelihood. I can't believe they couldn't agree to push it into the summer briefly.

    I would think Orlando would push this thing to the deadline to see all the hands. I would imagine Deng would pass physicals by that date. However the extent of his injury AND MORE IMPORTANTLY the fact his wants to stay in Chicago may dictate when we see him back on the court.

    If I were Deng I would WITHOUT A DOUBT lie about my injury to ensure I stayed in Chicago.

    With that said, I still don't know if I am down for making this trade. I feel at bare minimum this sets the Bulls back 2-3 season's dumping the roster and picking up the pieces. If we can somehow come out with a starting roster of Rose, Rip, Deng, Noah, Howard, that would be paramount to dominance. We could build around that core and Noah can play his natural position given his body type.

    Just sayin'

  • In reply to Curtis Shaw Flagg:

    As far as "lying about my injury," they have MRIs these days. Pass that and don't play, and you become an instant pariah.

    I figure that he must have been more hurt than previously indicated if he couldn't come out for the Heat. At least Kobe showed up vs. the Bulls.

  • Also @ Evan, what if they want Gibson instead of Boozer? or both without the pick? How far are you willing to go, that is where I am stuck... And I am sure so is Gar and John. Or maybe they arent even entertaining the idea. Who knows

  • In reply to Curtis Shaw Flagg:

    As far as you and Evan, this sort of sounds like a couple of years ago, when it essentially was "trade the whole team for Kobe." Beside it being questionable whether Kobe wanted to come here, he sure wasn't coming if there was not going to be anyone left here to play with. You seem to indicate that the Bulls could retain their core, while Evan has his trade away list, leaving the Bulls at least two players short.

    In any event, that, and the Wade/James/Bosh affair last year means that I don't play this hot stove league. Let Gar figure it out.

  • God doesm't wear Adidas.

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