On the subject of what he’s looking for, Howard hit on some reasonable themes while seemingly throwing a chill at the Magic by comparison.
“The first thing is basketball,” he said. “I want to win a championship, and it takes a certain type of team to win a championship. You know, there’s a lot of teams who are great during the regular season. They play well, but it’s different once you play in those playoffs, you know? It’s gut-check time.
“Like I told the Magic, I just want to win. I don’t want a team that doesn’t know how you have to win in the playoffs. I want a team that’s going to go out every night and forget about stats, forget about who scores the most points or who is the fan favorite. Just go out and play, play for each other and play to win. That’s the only thing.”
Now Dwight Howard is in a position to go after what he wants. It’s created a scene that sadly takes away from basketball and a very good team off to a 12-5 start, but he seems all right with that.
“What people don’t understand is that this is a business, and at the end of the day you always have to take care of yourself,” Howard said. “People just say, ‘Oh, these guys are prima donnas. They want this and they want that.’ But this is life. You’ve got to go and take it, because nobody is going to give it to you. And I just go out and do my thing. I’m just going to play basketball.
“I told the Magic how I felt at the beginning of the year. They decided they weren’t going to do anything, so I said, ‘OK, I’m here. I’m going to play until I can’t play no more.’ You know, I don’t have no problems with being here. I want to win. That’s what I told them. So as long as I’m here — as long as they keep me around — I’m going to play hard every night and try to win a championship.
Howard's statements could just be catering to the Boston media, but they sure feel like Howard doesn't believe this is a championship team. To me these biting words clearly imply that if the Magic don't win a trophy this year he is gone. This is nothing new from a speculative history, but I think this is the first time I have seen him actually articulate this sentiment.