Dwight Howard in L.A.? It just might fly
Orlando's superstar center could fit in L.A., and L.A. could fit him
LOS ANGELES -- The third most popular basketball player in Los Angeles plays 2,500 miles away and has never lived in California.He's more Disney World than Disneyland but is as Hollywood as it gets at heart. Dwight Howard hasn't been traded yet but all indications are that the Orlando Magic center will be dealt at some point before the trade deadline and if his final destination ends up being anywhere other than Los Angeles, something went wrong. Somebody somewhere dropped the ball and this city and its future favorite son will suffer for it. Howard belongs in Los Angeles. He's done everything but hop in a convertible and cruise down Sunset Blvd. singing Randy Newman's "I Love L.A." when hinting about his future plans and his refusal to sign a contract extension with the Magic. Basketball fans in Los Angeles have already embraced Howard as one of their own in the hopes of his arrival. Do a Google search of Howard and you'll see plenty of superimposed Lakers and Clippers jerseys on his 6-foot-11, 265-pound frame. (Hey, fans with Photoshop can dream, right?)
If the Clippers get Howard, they will become title contenders and just as importantly will become the new "it" team in Los Angeles. The Clippers' bandwagon with Howard and Griffin would be too heavy for even Howard to lift and to too tall for Griffin to dunk over.The Lakers and Clippers should make this real easy for Magic general manager Otis Smith, who knows he will lose Howard after this season. They should send him a copy of their rosters with the names of Bryant and Pau Gasol crossed out for the Lakers and Griffin crossed out for the Clippers and ask him to pick two or three players. Both teams should also be willing to throw in a couple of drafts picks as well to sweeten the deal.
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Arash Markazi is a reporter and columnist for ESPNLA.com.