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Is Dwight Just Another Unnecessary Hollywood Remake?

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Aladdin, The Lion King, Child’s Play; all films that released more than a decade ago have led Hollywood to remake these classic films from a millennial’s childhood. To their credit, however, nostalgia is one hell of a cash grab and the old saying of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”  rings true in the movie business. The only difference? Those movies were box-office hits when they were first released and their newly “live action” remakes have failed to live up to the Magic (pun intended) of their predecessors. Now you might be asking what do these films have to do with newly (re)acquired Laker big man, Dwight Howard?

Stuper Team

Unlike the aformentioned films, Dwight Howard was never really successful in Hollywood, spending just one season with the Lakers. After a tumultuous exit from the Orlando Magic, Howard teamed up with Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant in 2012 forming a new super team, or so we thought… Howard was plagued by injuries that season which included back surgery in April and a right shoulder injury in a 2013 matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers. His teammates Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant didn’t exactly do him any favors. Nash’s body had finally broke down on him, leading to a fracture in his left leg that would ultimately spark his retirement in 2015.

Paging Doctor Bryant

Kobe Bryant doesn’t exactly have the best reputation as a teammate. No feud will ever be as big and legendary as the one between Bryant and former Laker teammate and Hall of Famer, Shaquille O’Neal. Howard was nursing his right shoulder injury when Bryant decided to give his two cents on the big man’s work ethic. Bryant said that Howard “worried too much” and that he should play through the pain. As expected, Howard was not thrilled to hear Kobe’s comments. He returned the next game after commenting that Bryant was “not a doctor, I’m not a doctor. That’s his opinion.” Yikes. Howard and company did make the playoffs but were swept in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs, capped off with Dwight’s ejection in Game 4.

Big man, Journeyman

Since leaving LA, Howard has made four pit stops along the way before returning to the Lakers in 2019 (three years in Houston, one in Atlanta, one in Charlotte, and one in Washington). The Grizzlies acquired Howard earlier this summer but opted to buy him out on August 24th. The injury-riddled center now joins superstar LeBron James and one of the games’ most dominant big men, Anthony Davis. The untimely ACL injury to DeMarcus Cousins ultimately led to Dwight’s sequel in LA LA Land.

The Lakers seemed almost panicky with this decision and it reminds me of just last year with their questionable free agent signings. Howard is damaged goods at this point of his career adding virtually nothing to the offensive side of the ball. He is, however, a very low-risk option being on a one-year, non-guaranteed deal.

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About Darrien Null

Hometown: Strasburg, PA. Contributor for Sixers Lead.

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