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Dwight Howard is Probably Done in Orlando, Part VII

Hey, it’s an NBA post that doesn’t involve the lockout! Remember the NBA? Round ball, best athletes on the planet, dunks, crossovers? Since the NBA hasn’t been relevant since the finals ended in June, you may have forgotten: This is a contract year for Dwight Howard, a top five player in the league. He’ll either be traded mid-season (assuming there is one) or sign with someone else next summer. Either way, all signs point to Howard leaving Orlando in the next nine months. Did you hear what he told Esquire? The Orlando media soooooo pissed!

SR: Do you think that the drive to represent, on an iconic level, will be a factor in your free agency? Do you see yourself in a much larger market?

DH: There’s more you can do in a bigger place. I’m stuck in a tough position because I feel like right now, where I’m at, I’ve done so much. And I just don’t know what else I can do. I can’t live for everybody else. I don’t know what decision I’m gonna make as of right now. It’s been crazy. Everybody wants me to come here, come play here, come to our team, do this. It’s a great feeling, though, to be wanted.

SR: You’re gone. I can feel it.

DH: The toughest part for me is the city — the people. They’ve got burgers named after me in Orlando, they’ve got a Web site saying, “Please stay.” I love the people in the city. I’ve literally sat on the bench with a towel on my head crying, because I feel the passion in the stands. I just think about what’s going to be best for what I want to accomplish in my life. And I don’t want that door to close on me, wherever that door is. I don’t want it to close.

New Jersey with Deron Williams? Los Angeles with Kobe? I’d toss Chicago or New York in the mix, but far too many things would need to happen for either of those dreams to come true. Does Houston qualify as a sleeper? Is all this work with Olajuwon a factor? [Esquire]

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