Los Angeles Lakers centre Dwight Howard hugs Kobe Bryant after they defeated the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. (REUTERS)
The saga was dubbed The Indecision, later branded as Dwightmare followed by a trade and a season-long exchange of he said/she said that will finally culminate Tuesday night in Orlando.
Closure should arrive, but stranger things have happened and too much ill will has been able to fester, a recipe for disaster that has the potential to get ugly.
Dwight Howard’s return to the Magic kingdom doesn’t have the hatred that greeted LeBron James’ return to Cleveland, nor does have it carry the same backdrop of jealousy when Tracy McGrady made his long-awaited return to Toronto.
Vince Carter was booed mercilessly when Vinsanity showed his face in Hogtown and there are many high-priced hoopsters who have been vilified when returning to a market the once called home.