Dwight Howard takes out newspaper ad, says he loves Orlando (Picture)

Dwight Howard seems to be making an attempt to repair his relationship with Orlando fans. The All-NBA center took out an ad in Sunday’s Orlando Sentinel to profess his love for the city.

Here’s the text of his message:

“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.”

I’m not sure which is phonier: this, or the Dwight Howard “loyalty” shirt the NBA Store was selling. I know Dwight is preoccupied with trying to be loved by everyone, but he received some poor P.R. advice with this one (what else is new?). Howard demanded a trade from the Magic and put the fans through a miserable year. This was way too early for him to try and patch things up. He needs to stop worrying about trying to make everyone love him; it’s not going to happen.

Around The Web

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GG4IJNQZCKLVBI5KIDCDS37WBY Chris Lovell

    Does Dwight Howard ever demonstrate sincerity in anything?  Congrats on a publicity stunt to repair nearly two years of douche-baggery and biting the hand that feeds him millions.  He is now my least favorite player in the NBA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2510282 Alan Hull

    Nice try, Howard. You’re going to get booed. You’re on the LAKERS. And you’re a drama-queen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1616769187 Nor Muss Estudillo

    Maybe he just doesn’t want to burn bridges. He may have regrets and trying to repair the damages the media mercilessly branded him. People do make mistakes if what he have done is really a mistake and not a person doing to better himself. We judges him from what we read either that was true or not. Remember the last few months rumor abound, news item from very reliable sources. Which most of them did not come true. News item that this superstar are going to your team making fans salivate only disappointment when it did not happen. Let us just let him salvage his negative reputations. He might be sincere this time around.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PL76V2JE4YKAPIJQNQHITETZZU Realtoreal

    At least he made an effort.

  • Snake_jr

    He forgot to include ” Although my career with the Magic has come to a close, my love for myself and the all mighty greenback are the primary concern for me as I move on. The city and the people that make it beautiful never mattered.”

  • IntelligentAnimation

    Contrary to the media’s misinformation, few basketball fans here in Orlando blame D12 for the team’s demise. Dwight busted his butt to become the best in the biz, but because of lousy coaching and a mediocre supporting cast, he was unable to win the big one here. He waived his opt out because he loves it here but the team blew it again by self-destructing rather than trying to see how the superstar would thrive under a new regime. This is far better than Shaq leaving the Magic flinging insults at our city, but either way we are going to be a really bad team for a very long time. He is a good guy and the best defender in history, and I wish him the best.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/JK2VJJCB2RO7IMYSZMDIMF5M64 Jimmy S

    Who cares, STOP HATING!  It’s a business and even if I hate the Lakers he made the right career move!  Y’ALL would have done the same, move for a better JOB!!!!

  • littlesuzyfrog

    Dwight says–” Look at all of the great things I did for you.  I love you guys.  But na-na-nah-na!  I’m a laker now.  That that Orlando.  Love my “memories” while you are watching me as a Laker..”  

    Seriously Dwight??  Dwight—-Shut the hell up.

    “memories” really means the words that my PR team put out together and some photos added in for good measure.  

    He signed on the line, because for a moment, he changed his  mind about moving on to the Lakers.  And then he got over it.  In a hot second.

  • Robby Chanley

    Dear Mr. Loyalty,

    Have a swell time out there in Sucky Cal playing for the Gay-Lay Skankers.  Hope you enjoy being the fourth option and getting bounced by the Thunder in six games in the second round.

  • Zilmo Robicheaud

    Meh, I placed the ad in the litter box and the cats have pooped on it for a couple of days.. he looks much better now that his smile is covered in cat poop. I have another paper at home, next I will let the dogs take a dump on him.