Last February, Dwight Howard brought back some excitement (for the first time in eons) to what is often billed as the League’s signature event during All-Star Weekend. Meh. He doesn’t particularly feel like going through it all again this year.
Not wanting to soil the good feeling from his triumph, Howard says he might sit out the flight-fest this time around, and give someone else a chance.
“I could top what I did last year in the dunk contest; I do have a lot of ideas. I’m still hoping to do it but Superman and that whole weekend…It opened up so many doors in my life, and it showed my personality for people who didn’t know Dwight Howard.”
“There’s a good saying, ‘Quit while you’re ahead,’ ” Howard said. “I thought I did a great job at the dunk contest last year. I think everybody liked it. I don’t want to mess that up.”
Howard is, of course, fully entitled to his decision not to participate in this year’s event. The season is a long one, made longer by a hectic summer that preceded it, and this could be a good chance for him to get some rest during the weekend.
But why tease us, Dwight? Why say you can top what you did last year and not follow through with it? Not cool.