Very recently a website and facebook fan page called StayDwight.com was started to encourage Orlando Magic center and superstar to stay in Orlando after his contract expires and I couldn't agree more! Howard's current contract runs through the 2012-13 season, but he could utilize an early termination option and become a free agent after next season.
Dwight has not only given new life to the Orlando Magic as a team, but he as also done so much for the city of Orlando. He is one of the most active members of the Magic within the community. Dwight is always donating time and money to children and families all around the city. He has won the Community Enrichment Award *five* times in the past six years and has his own non-profit organization, the D12 Foundation. His heart seems as big as his stature!
Rumors have been circultaing for awhile now that Dwight wants out because he doesn't feel a championship could be won here. Those words have never come out of his mouth. In fact, he said he started his career and would love to end it here but he does want to win a championship which is completley understandable. He is also known to share his feeling via his personal twitter account.
Now since the Lebron fiaso last season, it seems some players are all about creating these "super teams" simply to win championships. Nowadays players are not afraid to say they straight up want out and want to go somewhere else, like Carmelo Anthony. It seems too naive to believe Dwight would be different, but I believe he is.
He has done a lot for the city of Orlando and I do truly belive he wants to bring us our first championship. He has a big heart and he knows this city has entrusted him to do so. But the man does have options. A rumor is circulating that he in interested in playing for the Lakers out in LA following in the footsteps of Shaq. The new arena, the big trades, all have been done to apease Howard and bring him the supportive team he needs to bring us home a ring.
What are your thoughts? Is Dwight staying or going?
*pics taken from NBA.com and http://www.staydwight.com