Dwight Howard and the Mystery of Unfulfilled Greatness

April 11th, 2011 by Shaun Toback Leave a reply »

Dwight Howard calls himself Superman and with good reason. He is built like Adonis on steroids and possesses athletic gifts so otherworldly that they make you certain that somewhere, some Krypton-like planet is missing its homecoming king. Oh yeah, he’s also the best center in the NBA…and not by a little bit. The void between Howard and the Chris Bosh’s and Luis Scola’s of the basketball world is Grand Canyon-esque in its enormity. In many respects, he dwarfs his competition.

However, for everything that is great about Howard’s game–and there is plenty, there is something missing. It is appropriate to call him Superman, but in reality, his makeup is about 85 percent Superman, and 15 percent Clark Kent. It is this 15 percent that makes all the difference.

There have been many versions of “Baby Shaq”, or “Shaq 2.0” to enter the league since the NBA’s original Superman made his debut. Most of these players (Eddy Curry, Greg Oden) have drifted away on waves of expectations too high, skill levels too low or a combination of both. But H ...

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