Lesson Learned: Petulance Does Pay

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August 12, 2012 by McDowski

So the annoying saga is over. At least for the time being.

It has been announced that the Lakers have successfully pulled off a trade that will land them Dwight Howard, at the expense of Andrew Bynum. The actual deal involved four teams and multiple pieces, but those are the highlights.

Now, I happen to be a Laker fan. They’re my favorite NBA team and the one I support year in and year out. So from a selfish point of view, I’m glad the trade happened as it should make the Lakers a better team. Objectively, though, it is a little disappointing.

Let parents across the world teach their kids an important lesson: if you’re talented enough and good enough at whatever it is you do, then being a complete and utter douchebag will cause no problems. Everyone will ignore your flaws and give you what you want. For all the criticism LeBron James got for leaving Cleveland for the Miami Heat, at least he handled it better. Sure, The Decision was a disaster, and it was compounded by the ludicrous pre-season celebration. But he at least had the decency to wait until he was a free agent, rather than hold his team at gunpoint for a year.

And what makes it worse is that the Magic got virtually nothing of value in return. With this trade, the Magic have perfectly positioned themselves to be completely and utterly irrelevant next season and beyond. The Lakers were one of the favorites to land Howard, largely because the ability to trade Bynum seemed like the best trade the Magic would get. You’re never quite going to get equal value when you trade an A-lister like Howard, but getting the second best center in the league in return for the best center in the league seemed like good outcome for such a bad situation.

But hey, my favorite team got the most dominant big man in the league, so I guess I should stop complaining. I still have some questions regarding how good the team is, but more on that another time.

For now – congrats to Howard on being the most successful sulker on the planet.

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