Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Dwight to Golden State? No Thanks!

It's been ages since I posted, but I did promise that the blog would be back up by summer, so here we go.

And I have the perfect topic for The Sports Vibe's return: the Dwight Howard Saga 2013.

After a disappointing season with the Lakers (some would say he tore the team apart), Howard is once again a free agent. And once again, there is significant interest from several teams. The favorites are the Houston Rockets (the most likely destination), Dallas Mavericks (who always like their veterans), Atlanta Hawks (Howard's hometown team, but one with literally no fan base), and the Los Angeles Lakers (absolutely no idea why he'd want to return to that disaster...or why they'd want him).

But wait, this just in, there's one more suitor: THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS.

That's right, the same Warriors who overpaid David Lee in 2010 - and then watched as he blossomed into an All-Star in 2013 before getting hurt in the playoffs and watching the Warriors play better in his absence. The same Warriors who struggled through Andris Biedrins as their starting center for the better part of the last decade and then chose to amnesty Charlie Bell instead of him in 2011, leaving the Warriors burdened by the Biedrins contract. The same Warriors who traded franchise icon Monta Ellis to Milwaukee for Andrew Bogut, a player so adept at appearing as if he has never played basketball in his life that when he dunks, the crowd goes wild. Alright, that one was unfair, but you get the point.

What I'm trying to say is, the Warriors have a history of screwing up everything, especially when it comes to big men. The one success they've had in the past decade was the We Believe team of 2007. And that team fell apart the year after.

The Warriors just had a successful season. Under a second-year head coach and with a young roster, they managed to make it into the second round of the playoffs and give the Spurs a fight.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it, the old adage goes. And the Warriors ain't broke. The team has solid starters at all 5 positions, a bona-fide star in Steph Curry on whom they can depend, and a coach who knows how to manage young players. The recipe is there, the team just needs a year or two and then they'll become like the Pacers, a successful small-market team who wins with a combination of young talent and veteran leadership.

Making a legitimate run for Dwight could jeopardize that. As reports suggest, the only way the Warriors can acquire Howard is through a sign-and-trade with the Lakers, a move that would likely cost the Warriors Bogut and either Barnes or Thompson. If the Lakers were willing to accept Lee's fat contract, I would be all for this move, but no way do I think the Warriors ought to give up either Barnes or Thompson as well as Bogut for a player who is the basketball equivalent of a clubhouse cancer. There is simply no need, regardless of Howard's talents.

And with that, I rest my case. Feel free to share your own opinions in the comments.

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