HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — We can speculate all we want about the Orlando Magic’s plans for keeping Dwight Howard in the fold and away from the free agent sharks in 2012.
But why speculate when Magic general manager Otis Smith is willing, at least somewhat, to talk about the Magic’s plans for Howard and his help:
Fine, Smith was less than forthcoming about his plans. But you had to know that the Magic’s gathering to introduce their newest rookies — Justin Harper and DeAndre Liggins and this afternoon would turn into an inquisition about Howard.
So much has been written and said about the game’s best big man since the Magic’s season ended in that first round series against Atlanta, but so little of that has come from the mouth of the man charged with keeping it all together.
Howard, meanwhile, seems to be enjoying his summer. He and Gilbert Arenas are having quite the time these days “planking” all over Orlando.
The only thing better would be pictures of Smith and Magic coach Stan Van Gundy planking right along with them …
Jokes aside, Smith has to know that these questions about Howard and his future will persist until the day he announces his intentions or puts his signature on a new deal. And even then, if that new deal isn’t with the Magic, the questions will persist.
Good luck with all that Mr. Smith.