Mar 12, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Fans of the Orlando Magic taunt Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Timeline: Dwight’s D-Day Dramatics


As Lakers fans across the country, even the world, rose out of bed this morning, there’s was a sense of anxiety over what would happen today. There was a sense of uncertainty, a sense that unpredictability. Dwight Howard was rumored to have set a deadline today on making his decision, and the Lakers weren’t the front runners, leaving fans anxious. They wanted it to be over, but even that wasn’t a sure thing.

 

 

And then BANG!, the first shots of the day.

 

 

But, just a few minutes later, things got weird.

 

 

As the morning progressed, talks of Golden State clearing space to sign Dwight outright grew.

 

 

But Lakers fans remained optimistic that no one would take those contracts for nothing. Alas, our first #WOJBOMB

 

 

Not only had they agreed on a deal, but they shed a huge chunk of salaries by dealing Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins for next to nothing. Could they really be in this Dwight Howard race, just like that? Nope, another #WOJBOMB

 

 

HOLY CRAP! The Warriors grabbed Iggy AND they weren’t out of the Dwight race yet! But yet, we underestimate the powers of Dwight Howard.

 

 

At this point, it’s a full sprint. Everyone is paying close attention to Twitter, expect an announcement at any time, but not sure what about. But there was a calm before the storm. The inevitably loomed. And out of the blue…

 

 

It was done, finished, Dwight was a Rocket. Everyone from Adrian Wojnarowski to David Aldridge to Chris Broussard were reporting it. It was such a sure thing that most were reporting on the second phase of the Rockets plan, with rumors of sign and trades for Ryan Anderson or Josh Smith. But things weren’t adding up.

 

 

 

As LakersNation put it, the decision had been made, the announcement hadn’t. Then this threw everyone off the tracks.

 

 

 

 

 

Lakers fans were officially into panic mode. No one knew what was happening. Could Dwight really second-guess himself that much? Turn his back on the team that quickly? The answers weren’t going to be able to come soon enough.

 

 

Finally, the answer came. After a day full of confusion, panic, and misery, the decision was made.

 

 

Dwight would go on to comment on his time with the Lakers and his decision, which you can find here. But for Lakers fans, they had enough. After a long day, Dwight wasn’t a Laker, and at that point, they didn’t care.

 

Dwight Howard came to LA in impressive fashion and left LA in a dazzling manner. Like only Dwight Howard could, he left an impact on the Lakers.

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