This is Your City, Dwight! Orlando has declared you the hero in this community. In an ego driven sports world, it's easy to jump ship and try to seek new opportunities. Shaq did it, LeBron did it..and there will be more. Orlando is one of the fastest growing cities in this country with some of the most loyal basketball fans in the world. We just built a state-of-the-art arena with the All Star Game coming in 2012 and are always looking to upgrade our team from year to year, building around a franchise player.
In April the Orlando Magic center became the first NBA player ever voted Defensive Player of the Year three straight years in a row. Companies usually gravitate to NBA guards for endorsement deals, but Howard is one of the rare big men who is popular with corporate America. He makes more than $10 million annually off the court with companies like Adidas, McDonald?s, Electronic Arts and AirTran Airways.
Welcome, Dwight Howard.
LeBron is happy to hand you the dubious baton that was his for two years, and surely you are a worthy successor to national disdain. Visiting arenas across the NBA await you with vitriol and animus. Orlando? It’s the New Cleveland. Magic fans now call you their “Dwightmare.” Hero to hatred can be such a dizzyingly short hop, can’t it?
James had The Decision.
Howard has had “The Indecision,” months and months of waffling and conflicting intentions that have torn apart Orlando and turned fans against him. In terms of public image the Magical powers have left the player who calls himself Superman. Dwight still has one of sports’ great smiles, but now you see deceit and disingenuousness behind it.
Dwight Howard is currently dating Christine Vest. He has been in six celebrity relationships averaging less than one year each. He has never been married.
Howard has donated thousands of dollars over the years to the Pine Hills Boys & Girls Club and the Florida Hospital for Children. He’s also helped hundreds of disadvantaged youths achieve their dreams through his Dwight D. Dwight Howard has a son with his ex-girlfriend Royce Reed who gave birth to their child in 2007. A six-time All-Star player has also played in 2008 USA Olympic basketball team as a youngest member as he was just 22 at that time.
"I've been playing with a smile on my face since I was 3," Howard says. "People keep saying it looks like I'm having too much fun. And I say, 'Yes, I am.' And it should be that way. I guess that can make me a little hard to understand."...Growing up in Atlanta, Howard was never on the streets. Heck, he was rarely out of his parents' sight. He went to Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, the straitlaced basketball powerhouse, and as soon as class let out, Dwight Sr. was right there.
Dwight Howard Career and Awards
3× NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2009–2011)
5× NBA All-Star (2007–2011)
4× All-NBA First Team (2008–2011)
All-NBA Third Team (2007)
3× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2009–2011)
NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2008)
Naismith Prep Player of the Year (2004)
Howard and the Magic for so long seemed like the perfect match and had even grown up together in many ways. The 2004 NBA Draft brought together a skinny, devoutly religious teenage sensation and a squeaky-clean, family-run ownership down on its luck. Howard blossomed into a global superstar, turning the Magic into contenders. The city of Orlando embraced its new happy-go-lucky hero and fell in love with its basketball team again. They were once inseparable, as close as a player and a franchise could possibly be in today's NBA.
What followed was one of the most bizarre reality shows to befall any professional sports team in memory, with Howard taking the Magic on a wild, emotional and confounding ride. There was presidential-like flip-flopping, a near trade, an eleventh-hour reprieve, farcical front-office fumbling, YouTube moments, a drunken-dialing accusation, media shenanigans and one heart-attack scare, among other things.
Dwight’s early basketball hero was Michael Jordan. He had the shoes, the short, and even some of the hang time. As he grew, he came to appreciate Magic Johnson's combination of size and ballhandling skills.
Later, Dwight gravitated toward Kevin Garnett, modeling himself after the versatile and athletic big man. The youngster was also drawn to "Da Kid"because he had jumped directly from high school to the pros. Dwight found this idea very intriguing.
Dwight Howard Career Highlights Mix - Never Forget You [HD]
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