Hot dogs and burgers.
Turkey legs, chicken and spare ribs.
What could be a tastier item on a Memorial Day barbecue menu?
If you live in Orlando, how about an extra big helping of Dwight Howard?
The Orlando Sentinel’s Josh Robbins caught up to the first team All-NBA center at his holiday cookout (which he spread word of via Twitter) where Superman said once again he is not looking to fly the central Florida coop.
“I’m not trying to run behind nobody like Shaq or be behind somebody else,” Howard said, referencing Shaquille O’Neal‘s decision to leave the Magic following the 1995-96 season and sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.
“I want to start my own path and I want people to follow my path and not just follow somebody else’s path. I want to have my own path, and I want to start that here in Orlando. But I can’t do it alone. Not only do I need the right teammates, but I need the city behind me. That’s the only way it’s going to get done. We can change this small city that we have — this small market that we have — and we can make it a big market.”
In fact, according to David Pingalore of Local 6 in Orlando, Howard spent the weekend working on hammering out a new contract with the Magic.
“I just got tired of everybody asking me, ‘Where am I going to go? Are you going to stay?’ Everybody in Orlando is asking me,” Howard said. “So it was like, ‘You know what? I want everybody to get their minds off something that is not gonna happen.’ “
All season long, as the topic of his possible departure has been raised, Howard has insisted — sometimes angrily — that he wasn’t preparing to pull another ‘Melo-Drama type escape.
Talk about your home cooking. Howard putting his name in ink on a new deal would certainly be the way to end all the speculation.
But will it happen and, if it did, what would we have to talk about next season?
Hello, Chris Paul?