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08:14 AM ET 01.31 | At some point along the way, Dwight Howard may officially forfeit his right to criticize. The Magic will never respond to Howard again, and that's on him. They're lost in a brutal five-out-of-six-games debacle, and Howard's public proclamation calling out Magic teammates last week has compounded issues. Despite his inability to separate the get-me-out-of-town Dwight and the I'm-your-leader Dwight, the organization knows one thing for sure: They're the same guy. ... [That's] how he's losing these Magic so fast -- and why he'll never get them back. No matter how dominant of a player, no matter how superior of a talent, the world's best center has forfeited the right to talk to his teammates about commitment, professionalism and playing hard.

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January 31, 2012  09:13 AM ET

wow ... strong stuff. Magic shouldn't panic -- SVG may be able to get them back together. Almost all teams have had an ugly streak this year.

But I still think Magic will trade Dwight -- but will wait until after All-Star game.

January 31, 2012  09:17 AM ET

He also can't call out his teammates. He's only scoring 19ppg. Come one. Shaq by his first season going against hall-of-fame centers was scoring that. By this point in his career, Shaq was the most feared player in the league. Most would count it as an automatic loss. Dwight doesn't scare people. Heck, you have DWade and Lebron waiting for him to come to town so they can reject him. I think Orlando should go get Bynum and a late 1st rounder for this kid. If not I would even go after Griffen, another player and a 1st rounder..

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January 31, 2012  09:18 AM ET
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wow ... strong stuff. Magic shouldn't panic -- SVG may be able to get them back together. Almost all teams have had an ugly streak this year.But I still think Magic will trade Dwight -- but will wait until after All-Star game.

All teams have had an ugly streak. True, but the Magic's has been a doozy.

January 31, 2012  09:19 AM ET

Oh and he'll understand like Deron Williams on the Nets does (who's frustrated because he's now losing), that sometimes you take for granted the winning ways of an organization. Unlike Shaq, I don't think Dwight will ever win it all. If he teams up with a Lebron or Wade, they will win it all and he will be a role player, but Dwight doesn't seem to leave it all on the court.

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January 31, 2012  09:26 AM ET

If he wants to get him 'leadership' back then agree on an extension and **** and play....quit yapping about it would be nice to play here and there and with this friend and that friend....man the eff up Dwhine!!!

January 31, 2012  09:29 AM ET

he sure was laughing and joking around a lot last night.

January 31, 2012  09:43 AM ET
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he sure was laughing and joking around a lot last night.

I guess he couldn't believe his eyes... Your heroes spanked 'em!

January 31, 2012  09:45 AM ET

Let Your Game Do The Talking, Bro.

January 31, 2012  09:49 AM ET

Here is a comment for D. Howard.

Grow a pair you punk. You sit there after games with Boston and Chicago blatantly saying you would accept a trade to them. Then in Philly you try to play coy or diplomatic. If you don't want to play in Philly say so, don't beat around the bush like a scared punk. Personally, I wouldn't want you in Philly. You know how to be a "superstar" but you don't know how to be a team player and a dragon slayer.

January 31, 2012  09:49 AM ET

Howard just force your way out. You deep down want to leave and are tired of Orlando. Stop playing games and make your freaking mind.

January 31, 2012  09:50 AM ET

The point is moot. Howard's outta here, and the Magic will never be relevant again.

January 31, 2012  09:54 AM ET

Can they just trade him and put this whole soap opera to rest...

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January 31, 2012  10:02 AM ET

"Before the game, Howard walked around the locker room with a brick in each hand, playfully swinging them around and yelling, 'I'm going to knock somebody in the head!'"

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