He’s Only a Man

So what song is Dwight Howard listening to on his iPod this morning you ask?  Or shall I say what is the song that is the most relevant to how big Dwight feels right now?  Let me break you off with some lyrics a little at a time.

I can’t stand to fly
I’m not that naive
I’m just out to find
The better part of me

Sorry Dwight.  We know you are out looking for some kind of help to make you better.  But this is now two years in a row where your team has laid down on you on the biggest stage.  Last year you made it past an injured Celtics team, only to be embarrassed by the Lakers.  This year the Celtics are saving you that embarrassment and delivering it a little early.

I’m more than a bird…I’m more than a plane
More than some pretty face beside a train
It’s not easy to be me

It must be hard being Superman when your powers are useless.  Maybe the 2010 Celtics are from the planet Krypton.  Or maybe the success you saw in the regular season is null and void because your Orlando Magic are relatively easy to figure out.  Dump it into you, kick it back out, hoist a three, repeat.  That stuff works in the regular season when no one plays defense.  But not in the playoffs.

It may sound absurd…but don’t be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed…but won’t you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream
It’s not easy to be me

It is pretty absurd, Dwight.  You are Superman, right? You reminded the nation of that during your interview with yourself during halftime of Game 1.  You are bleeding and there are no signs of it stopping.  Keep dreaming of winning a title because that is the closest you will get to hoisting a championship trophy above your head.

I’m only a man in a silly red sheet
Digging for kryptonite on this one way street
Only a man in a funny red sheet
Looking for special things inside of me

That’s right, Dwight. You are just a man in a silly skin tight Orlando Magic uniform.  While you are busy looking for special things inside of you, Rondo is chasing down rebounds that you should be getting.  I am not going to attack your offensive game because, frankly, you don’t have one.  But I will question your hustle, heart, and desire to win.  You are the leader of an uninspired team.  If you truly are Superman, you would motivate your team into at least looking like they are trying. 

But that hasn’t and won’t happen.  So, therefore, I agree Superman.  It is not easy to be…you.

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4 Responses

  1. Great post Scotty. I agree, Dwight has been exposed this series, although I believe few were fooled by his lack of an offensive game. Dwight is truly at his best on the offensive glass, swiping boards high above the rim and finishing them the only way that he knows how, the dunk. I think that the media has made Howard into such a star (partly because of his superstar personality and partly because of his dunk contest antics/success) that we expect him to put up Kobe-like performances and carry his team to victory. Sadly, he isn’t that type of player. The Magic’s biggest strength used to be their ability to create matchup problems. When Nelson was out last season, Hedo Turkaglu was playing the point…a 6’10” point guard is insane. Ray Allen was too small, Pierce and Garnett were too slow. Turkaglo was the glue that kept that Magic team together. His mismatch made Rashard Lewis a much better player. His forced help-defense left all of the Magic’s shooters open for uncontested three-point attempts. Without Hedo the Magic are simply a team, as you said, rely on the kick-out three pointer and a glorified Charles Oakley for put back attempts. Doc has out-done Stan…and Stan’s squad has been exposed.

  2. Matty thanks for the love. But remember this. KG was out last year against this team. Rashard Lewis was able to do as he pleased last year. Not this year.

    Without Garnett’s injury, we could have easily been treated to Celtics-Lakers 3 years in a row.

  3. I agree fellas, I think Turk benefitted fromOrlando just as they benefitted from him because both he and the Magic were worse off this season. I am a fan of Howard but he needs to grow up quickly, and he really needs a superstar guard on his team. After a series loss this bad I think Stan Van should be fired. This is two seasons in a row that the level of competition has ate his team up. Stan Van had no answers and made no adjustments. His team is playing uninspired basketball and while you can’t fault Stan Van on the players execution, you can most certainly call him out on thier lack of effort. Just like Mike Woodson in Atlanta, great job during the season and turning this franchise around….but we need to win when it counts. And the fashion in which the Magic are losing is unacceptable.

  4. Ok guys I definitely agree that Dwight Howard is a bunch of hype without an offensive game, and in return is probably the best defensive player in the game. Yet, with him being a lackluster player on offense, he has brought his team to the Eastern Conference Finals two years in a row, and the Finals once, no matter what competition you face, to do that without losing a game until you get there is a pretty good accomplishment. This Game 4 that they finally won when the Celtics were definitely off defensively and Howard was out of his mind on the boards and put backs is really something that can probably happen once because I see the C’s closing this in 5, which will then be followed by another return to posting by yours truly. What I am trying to say is that until Howard does grow up the Magic will not be a championship team, and sadly to reference Magic Johnson and what he said, we saw a different Howard in Game 4…a Dwight Howard without a fucking smile on his face that meant business, hopefully he remembers he is a kid who gave himself his own nickname and goes back to form from games 1-3.

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