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08:09 AM ET 10.19 | Dwight Howard told Esquire there was more he could do in a bigger place, and some are asking why. There's a lot more you can do here; more than you realize. Let's start with the obvious: You can win a championship for a place that desperately needs a reason to feel good about itself. This city, more than most, has been decimated by the depressingly bad economy. Your mere presence and personality uplifts and elevates the fans here and gives them a reason to hope and cope. This can be your team and your town forever and ever -- much more so than L.A. or New York, where you will be just another famous person in a city filled with famous people. This is a digitally connected world now, Dwight. You can be just as famous here as you can in New York.

Orlando Sentinel

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October 19, 2011  08:44 AM ET

Dwight is already about as famous as they come. He should really heed this guys message. Any ring he wins by going elsewhere will be tainted.

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October 19, 2011  08:53 AM ET

LA Beckons, Bro.

October 19, 2011  08:56 AM ET
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Tainted?I disagree eWe have all watched him for the last 6 years and we all know he is the best center in todays game.....that being said, he simply is not capable of winning by himself.....and his management has seriously messed things up.The question is does dwight 'sacrifice' the next 3 years and wait? Or should he move somewhere where he has a chance at winningAnd by the way I AGREE with the article that he's famous enough to stay in a small market and make $But there is a difference in being famous, making $ and winnng.In this particular case, dwight is deaad if he stays, cause of otis

He will have LeBron'd his way to a ring if he goes running off at this point in his career. A carpetbaggers ring isn't nearly as impressive as one you earn yourself.

I wouldn't give him any credit for winning it at all.

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October 19, 2011  09:08 AM ET
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He will have LeBron'd his way to a ring if he goes running off at this point in his career. A carpetbaggers ring isn't nearly as impressive as one you earn yourself.I wouldn't give him any credit for winning it at all.

Clearly the writer is trying to put a guilt trip on Howard but that's not going to work. Only a weak coward lives to please other men, cities or whatever. Life is a gift, not a race. It's meant to be enjoyed. If his heart is set on trying things in a big city let him have it. He owes it to himself to be true to himself so I care less if he goes to Utah, NY, LA or stays in Orlando... It's his life and I can only wish him well in the way he lives it. Do what matters Howard - do your heart!

October 19, 2011  09:13 AM ET

He should stay in Orlando and get that ring there. The problem is Orlando is not in the position to get him over the Hump. They were at one point but could not keep the same core of players together. Now they are trying to figure out themselves and Howard is stuck in the middle. Orlando really needs to bring in a susperstar (not just an allstar) in their prime to help howard get over the hump. And I am not sure the managment and even get it done.

Also he is no Lebron. He is not born and raised there. He is not going on tv with a Decision. and he is a center, and not the best player in the league playing (Lebron). So it is not going to hurt much if he leaves and go to NY to get that ring (with help).

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October 19, 2011  09:17 AM ET
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Lebron is the best playing?Wade and Kobe are better than that choker!

Man F Lebron. He's a joke. Magic can go at it all day with fourth quarters...

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October 19, 2011  09:47 AM ET

The real problem here is Orlando's management, coaching staff, and Jameer Nelson. Change those three things, and Howard could be in a better situation. However, these things won't be changed, so: "Hello Brooklyn!"...

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