Being a devout Christian, I have refrained from using such words, but I have done much sighing, groaning, and praying.
The trade, which involved four teams, saw the Lakers acquire Dwight Howard, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark, the Denver Nuggets get Andre Iguodala, the Philadelphia 76ers receive Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson, and the Magic bring in Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless, and three first-round picks.
If you know anything about the NBA, you realize that when it comes to this deal, one thing is most certainly not like the others.
Unfortunately, for Magic supporters like me, it is us that got the short end of the stick. Heck, it doesn't even feel like we got a stick at all.
I just don't know how you can swap Dwight Howard, the league's premiere center, a guy who you drafted with the number one overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft who has since earned a litany of awards and honors, including being voted to six All-Star Games, making five All-NBA First Teams, and being a three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, for, well, a bunch of bench players and some draft picks that bring no certainty whatsoever.
You know what would have brought some certainty? Acquiring someone like Lakers forward Pau Gasol, one of the most naturally gifted big men in the game. But the Magic couldn't even get one bona fide star, while they gave up not only Dwight Howard, but another starter in Jason Richardson, their backup point guard in Chris Duhon, and a young player who shows much potential in Earl Clark.
It's hard to say what the Magic were thinking. I'll admit that I had grown extremely weary of hearing Dwight Howard express his discontent with being in a Magic uniform on a seemingly never-ending basis, but I would like to have gotten something more in exchange for the big man.
I would even have taken former Lakers center Andrew Bynum, despite all of the headaches associated with him, because he is such a young and promising player, but now I and the rest of Magic Nation will have to live with this deal for many years to come.
But hey, at least my boy J.J. Redick will likely get his chance to really shine now that starting shooting guard Jason Richardson has been shipped out of town.
Sadly, such an idea gives me little solace after a baffling move like the one Orlando completed last night.
Probable next stop for Dwight Howard and the Lakers: a matchup with the Miami Heat in the 2013 NBA Finals.
Probable next stop for the Orlando Magic: NBA futility.
Yeah, sounds pretty even to me.
Maybe Dwight Howard was the smart one after all.
Josh McKinney has been a fan of the Orlando Magic throughout the entire career of his favorite player, J.J. Redick, who was drafted by the Magic in the 2006 NBA Draft. He has watched the team go through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows since then, but he has always stuck by it. You can follow McKinney on Twitter @SuperJMac32.
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