Dwight Howard came into the National Basketball Association as a star, a humble yet charismatic one at that. But last season the player with the glowing smile devolved into a locker-room blight and ultimately talked his way, his coach’s way, and even his general manager’s way off the Orlando Magic. Instead toiling on the court in the middling market of Orlando, Howard has gone Hollywood as a Los Angeles Laker, while his former coach and GM are unemployed. Instead of being one of the leagues brightest stars and most enjoyable personalities, he is being viewed as a whiny, manipulative baby who got what he wanted and then left town anyway. By all accounts, this reputation would be well-deserved.
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