Hey folks. So I'm working to get a magazine off the ground. No progress to report but I want to go ahead and get this piece I've had in the can published. I know there's a limited audience for the sort of longform stuff I like to write but I'm grateful to every person who reads me. Images courtesy of the Atlanta Hawks and NBA.com. Kacy Sager and I couldn't figure out which parts of this were her original ideas, so please consider this a co-writing credit. - Buddy Grizzard
When the rumor first circulated that the Atlanta Hawks were interested in signing former Rockets center Dwight Howard, my reaction was immediate and visceral.
This was the Dwight Howard who put his arm around Stan Van Gundy moments after the coach had confided that Howard was seeking to have him fired. In addition to being painted as disingenuous by that infamous moment, I felt he had committed the cardinal sin for a basketball player: failure to respect the game.The Hawks care too much about culture to make the Dwight Howard mistake. Bank it: this will NEVER happen.— Buddy Grizzard (@BuddyGrizzard) June 28, 2016