According to Dwight Howard, he had a choice between the Washington Wizards and Golden State Warriors.
And he chose the team not practically guaranteed to win next year’s NBA championship.
Because of a DM from John Wall.
“Golden State called and I thought about them,” Howard told NBC Sports. “But once John sent me that message, I was like, man. I couldn’t tell him at first, but I was like ‘man, I’m going to be a Wizard.’ That was my mindset.”
Wall’s convincing text? “Do you want to come to D.C.?”
With a red carpet rollout like that, no wonder Howard shot down a waltz to an assured championship.
Or, more likely, he never actually got an offer from the Warriors.
While I don’t doubt that the Dubs front office reached out to him, I do doubt that they actually extended him an offer.
According to Golden State beat reporter Tim Kawakami, the idea of signing Howard was emphatically rejected by “precincts of the Warriors,” especially in relation to the sometimes-difficult center they did sign, DeMarcus Cousins.
“I have not heard thrilled,” Kawakami said on “The Lowe Post” earlier this month. “I’ve heard bold, I’ve heard risk taking is good, and I’ve heard — I haven’t reported this, and maybe this will get aggregated — it’s better than Dwight Howard. Dwight Howard was a no. That was a no in a lot of precincts of the Warriors, flat-out no. So DeMarcus Cousins, against that backdrop, is a thumbs up.”
Kawakami added: “Dwight Howard was a no. That was, no, let’s not do that. … They’re both risks, you had to take one — let’s go get DeMarcus Cousins.”
He’s not the only reporter whose past assertions indicate Howard is full of crap.
Among the (many) topics covered: Persistent rumblings that the Warriors plan to go after Dwight Howard have thus far been consistently shot down to me https://t.co/Hf5jvHumKS
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 30, 2018
Which is a shame, because, considering the reactions of Howard’s former teammates whenever he departs, the center’s signing with Golden State might have been hoops fans’ best shot at seeing the Warriors’ dynasty end early, rotted out from the inside.