Give Dwight Howard credit for lessons learned. He has grown to be dislikable enough on his own over the years to not need help from LeBron James. So Howard barely made “a decision” Friday night, let alone a sequel to “The Decision.”
LeBron three years ago announced his free agency choice with confetti and heaven’s trumpets, on live national television on ESPN. Taking “my talents to South Beach” thrilled Miami only. It took LeBron a bakery of humble pie and a couple of championships to (begin to) recover from The Decision.
Howard, the most coveted free agent since, made his decision quietly, reportedly holed up in Aspen, Colo., not speaking into a microphone, perhaps speaking instead into a Hot Toddy.
Howard’s choice of Houston was not so much announced as figured out. Long-shot Atlanta was reported out. Then Mark Cuban said Dallas was out. Then it became clear he wouldn’t re-sign with the Lakers. Then Golden State got the message. At last, by process of elimination, it appeared the player who calls himself Superman would be counting James Harden’s beard as his new Robin.
Speaking for Miami, we are amused by your evolving landscape, NBA.
Here in Championville, we tinker. We re-sign Ray Allen. We endeavor to keep Chris “Birdman” Andersen. We cast an eye at Greg Oden. And we are amused by the desperation elsewhere.
We see the Brooklyn Nets mortgage their future to sign Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce — like that’s a good idea. Now we see the hierarchy out West supposedly shifted Houston’s way.
The champion Heat survey all of this with a small smile and an imperceptible nod.
Bring it on, those things say.Joey Chestnut
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