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Experience matures us.
We hope to learn from our mistakes and become smarter as we get older. All we can do is move forward and reflect on the lessons learned from the past.
Dwight Howard, who will make his second return to Orlando in another team's uniform later this week, has certainly done that. He spent a dradful year filled with rumors he never put to rest and indecision he could never overcome in that final year in Orlando. He was both hero for playing things out and seemingly giving Orlando every chance and then villain as it became clear the Magic could not deliver for him and he would pack his things and leave.
On the court, his lone year in Los Angeles was a disaster. He handled his free agency business better -- there was one more report of indecision as he flew back to L.A. to inform Jim Buss he would sign with the Rockets instead of the Lakers -- and he has quietly gone about his business for a suddenly resurgent Rockets team.
The media during the trade deadline and certainly now afterward are building the case for Carmelo Anthony to do much the same thing Howard did and bolt New York for greener pastures as the Knicks devolve into complete chaos.
Howard spoke to Sam Amick of USA TODAY and revealed he is giving some advice to Anthony as he handles his free agency. Howard said this on the record:
If you don't win, you're not going to get all the (off-court) stuff you want anyway. I saw that last year (in Los Angeles). I was in the biggest market for the NBA, and we lost, so those (companies) aren't going to be coming to you for losing.
When I was in Orlando, a small market, and we were winning. I was very popular with a lot of different deals on the table. So it's moreso about winning, and you've got to put yourself in a position to where you're winning basketball games and you're having fun doing it. Losing is not fun, and Melo wants to win.
This is the part where Magic fans say, "Duh."
These were many of the arguments Orlando fans put up to defend their city and their franchise. Winning cures all ills. Of course, that Magic team Howard left was not going to be winning much. And despite rumorsconnecting Orlando to several stars, Howard and Otis Smith never could deliver on them. That championship potential was left unrealized.no comments