lodom7 wrote:i've always wondered why howard would prefer the nets where he would just spend his career getting beaten by miami, chicago and new york and being remembered as one of those players who never won a championship. however if he went to the lakers he would most certainly win a championship and be remembered as one of the great lakers which would be great for his fame now and his career after basketball.
Not that I think New Jersey or Dallas are great destinations. But neither do I agree with this notion that he's a lock to win titles here, either. Indeed, I don't even see why he'd want to come here barring some miracle that we could get him for Bynum straight up.
Even then it's questionable. Aging Kobe, aging Gasol, prime Howard plus a bunch of warm bodies is a good team, an improved team, but a lock to win? Highly debatable. While Howard is a level better than Bynum, is that level good enough that we could pencil ourselves in for another championship? I don't think so. Not that we wouldn't jump at that deal, of course. But from his standpoint, is that a great situation? Doesn't look like it to me.
And if we do have to package Gasol and Bynum, it's an even more unappealing prospect, not only for us but him as well. In that case, I just don't see him wanting to sign an extension and lock himself into an even worse situation, from a basketball standpoint, than the one he's in with Orlando.
That said, I can't profess to have any real expertise on the mind of the NBA superstar, especially one like Dwight's. If I'm him, I'm holding Otis Smith hostage until he trades me to Chicago, where I can tear up the league with Derrick Rose for the next decade or so.
But winning obviously isn't the No. 1 priority.