This past weekend, the losers of the Dwight Howard sweepstakes battled to see which team had been hurt less by the year-long drama that ultimately sent the star center to Los Angeles.
The Brooklyn Nets, who tried unsuccessfully to trade for Howard, defeated the Orlando Magic, who tried unsuccessfully to keep Howard, in a home-and-home series Friday night in Orlando and Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn.
Say this for Dwight Howard: he isn't shy about telling the Orlando Magic what he wants, even if what he wants keeps on changing.
We don't know yet how the Dwight Howard saga will end, but we do know now what the sequence of events will look like if he's to end up on the Brooklyn Nets.
It's not a simple one.
Carmelo Anthony explodes against Orlando, as Woodson's banged-up Knicks continue their confounding run
The New York Knicks entered Wednesday night's game against the Orlando Magic knowing that they'd be without power forward Amar'e Stoudemire and point guard Jeremy Lin. They'd have a hobbled Carmelo Anthony playing through a groin injury.
When the Knicks signed Tyson Chandler to a long-term contract this summer, it was generally assumed that the core of the New York Knicks—Chandler, Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony—would be set in stone.(2)