George Diaz| Orlando Sentinel Sports Columnist
8:15 AM EDT, March 13, 2013
It’s time to move on, Magic fans.
Dwight Howard has left the building.
Oh, he may come back now and then, probably in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform. Just like he did Tuesday night when he torched the Magic for 39 points and made the Hack-A-Howard concept a losing proposition.
The Lakers are rolling.
The Magic are rebuilding.
And it’s going to be that way for quite some time.
Sure, it would have been great if Howard had got his cosmic comeuppance. He deserved it after the petty way he botched things in his final Season of Indecision here in Orlando.
But the feel-good script doesn’t always work that way. He’s moved on to a bigger and better place, in his eyes at least, and he’s outta here for good.
He claims he still loves Orlando, but let’s face it: In terms of national perception, we are the girl with a “great personality.” And Los Angeles is the “Super Model.” I doubt he’s looking back with regret.
Boo all you want. Scream and yell and jeer and call him “Dwight Coward.” Burn his jersey if you must.
That’s great if it makes you feel good, but it won’t make a difference.
Despite all the nonsense he put us through, the fact is that he made Orlando relevant and big-time. He energized the Amway Center every night, just like Tuesday. He had us a major player on the national stage.
Admit it, Magic fans:
You miss him.George Diaz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @georgediaz