July 2, 2012 12:00 AM
" If there's ever a documentary made about people destroying their reputations overnight, there should be a spot in it for Dwight Howard.
The only bad thing you could say about the Magic center at this time last year was that he probably could stand to work a little harder on free throw shooting and developing a more varied offensive game. Otherwise, though, he was a good teammate and a franchise icon whose smile was his umbrella.
It feels like it has been a lot more than a year since anyone thought those things about Howard, who has spent the last year refashioning himself as a self-absorbed, paranoid coach-killer with the decision-making abilities of a dehydrated six-year-old.
Howard's latest salvo was to accuse the Magic of blackmailing him into picking up his option for next season (which he now denies, but those who believe any word out of Howard's mouth deserve what they get at this point).
That's a pretty bold move to make when you've spent the better part of a year extorting the franchise for whatever shiny thing is in front of your face "
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