Timberwolves should honor Howard's request
In one of my blog entries from last week, I ripped a few random professional athletes for some of their comments recently in the media. I ripped Donovan McNabb for saying he didn't get enough respect, despite signing the largest NFL contract a few years ago (over $100 million). I then ripped Utah Jazz small forward Andre Kirilenko for demanding a trade by ripping his coach, Jerry Sloan, instead of quietly going about his business while making 63 million dollars over the next few seasons.
But then, out of nowhere, comes some fresh air. Thankfully.
New Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Juan Howard is doing things the right way. It is now known that Howard would like the Wolves to trade him to a contending team, because after all, he is 37-years-old and playing on a team that is clearly a few years away from even making the playoffs. But Howard didn't go straight to the media to convey this message. Instead, he quietly went to Wolves Vice President of Basketball Operations, Kevin McHale, and said he would like to be dealt to a team that has a chance to win an NBA Championship, since he only has, at most, a few years left in his career.
The Wolves didn't fulfill Howard's wish this offseason, but that didn't stop Howard from continuing to act in a professional manner at Minnesota's media day on Friday. Howard, who was initially thrilled at being traded to the Wolves because he would get the chance to play with Kevin Garnett (KG was traded to Boston just six weeks later), made his intentions known, but said he will do what he has to do if the Wolves decide to keep him on their roster this season.
"Now I know at times that sounds selfish when you hear it from athletes, Howard said. I'm not trying to e selfish at all. I'm not trying to create a distraction to this team. I repsected this franchise and respected my teammates. That's why I tried to do things behind the scenes."
"I've alywas told the organization that it's a compliment they're paying me, saying they want me to be here to teach the young guys how to be a pro."
McHale, do the right thing and find a way to grant Howard's wish and show that if you go about things the right way, things may work out. Please, don't prove the theory correct that if you whine enough you'll get what you want. That's childish, and these athletes are all supposed to be professional, although they may not all act it.