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Sunday, September 2nd, 2012 at 10:24 am  |  47 responses

Dwight Howard Thanks Magic Fans In Full-Page Newspaper Ad


by Eldon Khorshidi | @eldonadam

It’s been roughly three weeks since the Dwightmare, to the relief of basketball fans everywhere, finally came to an end. After an excessive, year-long standstill, the Orlando Magic pulled the trigger and shipped Dwight to the Los Angeles Lakers, in the process practically uprooting their whole roster and conceding to starting anew. Still, Rob Hennigan had to do something—anything—to erase the cancerous cloud engulfing the organization.

Even though Howard is now donning purple and gold, though, the superstar center is still (seemingly) holding the city of Orlando close to his heart. On Sunday, he took out a full-page advertisement in the Orlando Sentinel, thanking Magic fans for their undying love and support through eight memorable seasons.

More details, and the full advertisement, via the Orlando Sentinel:

Dwight Howard is professing his love for the city of Orlando and its fans. Howard purchased a full-page ad in today’s Orlando Sentinel to convey the message. In that ad, which appears on Page C7, Howard said, “To play the game of basketball in the NBA is a blessing and to have had the opportunity to play before the Orlando fans for eight years was truly a privilege and an honor. Words cannot express the love that I have for Orlando. With your support we have done great things in this city from hanging banners to impacting our youth. Although my career with the Magic has come to a close, my love for the city and the people that make it beautiful will never end.” Howard, who had requested a trade, was sent by the Magic to the Lakers on Aug. 10 in a complex four-team trade.

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  • shockexchange

    (Aaron Hall voice) “Cause I’m sayin’ bye-bye …”

  • shockexchange

    (Aaron Hall voice) “Cause I’m sayin’ bye-bye …”

  • ENDS

    Keep your Ad Dwight

  • ENDS

    Keep your Ad Dwight

  • BlackPhantom

    This is probably only making the city of Orlando angrier…

  • BlackPhantom

    This is probably only making the city of Orlando angrier…

  • 1982

    Thanks for all that money, I spent some of it on this.

  • 1982

    Thanks for all that money, I spent some of it on this.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    Tomorrow’s SLAM headline: Dwight denies taking out full-page ad in Orlando.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    Tomorrow’s SLAM headline: Dwight denies taking out full-page ad in Orlando.

  • spit hot fiyah

    Operation Restore Image has begun

  • spit hot fiyah

    Operation Restore Image has begun

  • SKRILL

    Why does he think he is so important

  • SKRILL

    Why does he think he is so important

  • Junior Taylor

    I think it best serves both sides to completely move on after a messy breakup. None of this I still love you BS.

  • M Cho

    No, Dwight, you still don’t get it — you can’t write a thank you after holding the team hostage for a year. You have to write an APOLOGY.

  • MagicMaz

    Judging by how late this was released it’s nothing but a PR stunt. Would have been better to show up to your mini camp…

  • http://www.facebook.com/sajjatam Sajjatam Tp Kulsomboon

    For some reason, I think the Lakers should just retire Shaq’s Jersey on their road game at Orlando and let Dwight host the event… just a random thought…

  • RKJ92

    Agreed.. I’d deff be insulted by this considering A) he really doesnt give a sh!t and B) be probably didn’t even write this but just signed it..

  • Nicolas Fleming

    Dwight demanded the Orlando Sentinel be traded to the LA Times

  • m3lo

    man wotta fake-ass ad

  • m3lo

    man wotta fake-ass ad

  • m3lo

    super crybaby loves orlando but couldnt show up at his own camp.SMH

  • m3lo

    super crybaby loves orlando but couldnt show up at his own camp.SMH

  • Jimbo

    Dwight Howard: To play the game of basketba- BLAH BLAH BLAH BS YOU MULTI MILLIONAIRE CRY BABY

  • Jimbo

    Dwight Howard: To play the game of basketba- BLAH BLAH BLAH BS YOU MULTI MILLIONAIRE CRY BABY

  • YourDribbleIzCookiez

    Dwight’s hasn’t been in Orlando since the end of last season, why bother saying anything now? Keep it moving Dwight, the heat is On now that the expectations are high

  • YourDribbleIzCookiez

    Dwight’s hasn’t been in Orlando since the end of last season, why bother saying anything now? Keep it moving Dwight, the heat is On now that the expectations are high

  • shutup

    I doubt he even signed it, they just copy and pasted that shit

  • Clay__24

    Thanks, Dwight. You are forgiven. A full-page newspaper ad after sabotaging your team makes everything OK.

  • Clay__24

    Thanks, Dwight. You are forgiven. A full-page newspaper ad after sabotaging your team makes everything OK.

  • Hart26

    Doubt he even signed that…..

  • Hart26

    Doubt he even signed that…..

  • danpowers

    i wouldnt be too harsh on howard as a magic fan. its not only his fault. the front office systematicly ruined the team around him and worsened the situation year by year since they made it to the finals. he couldve stayed there, hoping to be nowitzki-lucky one or two times late in his carreer or just call it a nice time and leave. the way he and the magic front office did it was pretty ugly, same as lebron or melo. I think future stars will handle these situations different than those guys, but people will also forgive them after some years. so why have hard feelings in the first place? i understand why he left and also have a little understanding for how he did it as he is immature and quite stupid / uneducated to some extent so that he couldnt know any better. hopefully he learned from that and it should be a joy to watch him and the lakers play ball this season. it was a bad deal for orlando but a great move for the league. but even orlando will be good as it is a nice location for free agents and some high first round pics should settle there too during the next one or two years.

  • danpowers

    i wouldnt be too harsh on howard as a magic fan. its not only his fault. the front office systematicly ruined the team around him and worsened the situation year by year since they made it to the finals. he couldve stayed there, hoping to be nowitzki-lucky one or two times late in his carreer or just call it a nice time and leave. the way he and the magic front office did it was pretty ugly, same as lebron or melo. I think future stars will handle these situations different than those guys, but people will also forgive them after some years. so why have hard feelings in the first place? i understand why he left and also have a little understanding for how he did it as he is immature and quite stupid / uneducated to some extent so that he couldnt know any better. hopefully he learned from that and it should be a joy to watch him and the lakers play ball this season. it was a bad deal for orlando but a great move for the league. but even orlando will be good as it is a nice location for free agents and some high first round pics should settle there too during the next one or two years.

  • James

    Man I feel sad for Orlando… They became the training grounds for 2 dominant players in the game. I hope they will find the star they need quickly and stay with them.

  • James

    Man I feel sad for Orlando… They became the training grounds for 2 dominant players in the game. I hope they will find the star they need quickly and stay with them.

  • Clay__24

    If he plays in a town full of real entertainers, maybe someone will finally tell Dwight how horrible he is at celebrity impressions. Someone needs to rein that guy in.

  • MJ23Greetnssssssss

    I smell a Shaq… Sorry Dwight and kobe Fued I can’t wait till the book comes out Im all over it.

  • Jack Package

    I miss the early 00′s, at least the locker-room cancers then, had the decency to get a face tattoo and take a gun to a strip club. I hate this teen girl, attention seeking nice-guy act from Howard. You left your old team in a messy situation, the fans there are going to hate you for a while… Get over it.

  • Feez_22

    and the dwightmare continues!

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    Best off the hip response. Nick tha quick. ROTFL

  • Max

    I’d leave Orlando too..

  • Jerome

    Is it too late to get him in Scary Movie 5. It only seems … Dwight.

  • Jerome

    Nice use of the Laker yellow in the main photo … looks more like a ‘peace suckas!’ smile than anything. This guy needs a serious punch in the back. Haywood is never around when you need him.

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