Houston, We Don’t Have A Problem Dwight Howard
Being a huge basketball and Lakers fan, I was glued to my laptop and smartphone for any update on the Dwight Howard sweepstakes. Funny how times have changed as we are no longer glued to the television. I digress.
To no one’s surprise, D12 signed with the Houston Rockets. Here in LA, Lakers fans are disappointed, but thankfully no one is causing riots or burning jerseys like Cleveland after the Decision. Although the Lakers chances of winning a championship for Kobe are slim to none, Dwight leaving makes total sense. We can even derive some career and life lessons from what Steve Nash called a disaster of a season.
Square Peg, Round Hole
After the Lakers fired Mike Brown and hired Mike D’Antoni, the Lake Show was in total disarray. Granted we had tons of injuries, D’Antoni’s run and gun, pick and roll system did not take advantage of Dwight Howard’s skills in the post. Things are humming along in my current job. But if my job ever made me feel like Howard with the Lakers, I would get out of Dodge as soon as possible, too.
Know Your Goal
Dwight Howard claims his main priority is winning championships. Even though Kobe Bryant will go down as one of the greatest ever, I hate to admit it, the Rockets with Harden, Parsons, Linsanity, and D12 would run rings around an aging Hall of Fame team of Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, and Kobe Bryant. Couple that with one of the greatest post players as your coach, Kevin McHale, promising to elevate your game and playing away from the intense Hollywood spotlight, winning a championship seems more likely in Houston. If everyone took a step back and had the same goal as Howard, they would make the same decision.
Money Isn’t Everything
The Lakers could give Dwight a 5 year, $118 million dollar contract. Houston ponied up a 4 year, $88 million dollar contract. Nothing to sneeze it, but Howard is leaving $30 million dollars on the table. Although he’s getting killed in the press and by his peers, I give him credit for taking less money and choosing happiness. When I was younger, I would probably sign the more lucrative deal while grinning and bearing a less than ideal situation. Nowadays, I too would choose happiness over dollars.
I’m just glad the D12 Decision is over. But if you ever feel like a square peg in a round hole in your career or if your relationship is as strained as the Lakers one was, you owe it to yourself to find greener pastures. If your goal does not align with your company or your partner, you owe it to both parties to move on as well. Finally, we will probably not make a fraction of $30 million dollars in our lifetimes, but this is a good reminder that money isn’t everything. Happiness and being comfortable in your surroundings are priceless.
What would you have done if you were Dwight Howard?