Dwight Howard Changes Tone on Media Day
Dwight Howard met with the Orlando Magic’s front office on Monday and emerged with a new attitude. After demanding a trade and being aggressive during interviews in recent days, Howard had a very different tone while speaking to the media this afternoon.
Last night, Howard was aggressive and defended his decision to demand a trade from the Magic. Today, he sounded as if there was some hope that he could remain in Orlando long term, but only if a number of changes are made within the organization.
“As of right now, I have on a Magic uniform. If it’s meant for me to stay here, then I’ll stay. I love this city. There’s no place I’d rather be but here in Orlando. I just want to make sure we have the right things here so we can win a championship. It’s all about change. If you’re willing to change and willing to do what it takes to win, then you’ve got me,” Howard said.
It’s becoming clear that the Magic are handling this situation the exact same way that the Los Angeles Lakers handled Kobe Bryant’s trade demand in 2008. Magic general manager Otis Smith is determined to make additional moves and surround Howard with talent rather than usher in a new era in Orlando.
Magic CEO Alex Martins was optimistic about the team’s approach and agreed when asked if Howard is a once in a generation player than can’t be traded.
Orlando’s first move to appease Howard was acquiring Glen Davis in a sign-and-trade with the Boston Celtics. Prior to the lockout, Howard made it clear that he liked Davis and wanted the Magic to pursue him. More changes must be made and the Magic are determined to make additional moves.