NBA legend Oscar Robertson advises Orlando Magic star Dwight Howard to stop demanding a trade publicly, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
“Keep your mouth shut and play basketball,” said Robertson to the Mike Bianchi ‘Open Mike’ radio show in Orlando on Wednesday. ”If he wants to be traded, he’s going to be traded. Go and talk to the owners and say, ‘I want to be traded’ and keep it a secret.’ In a situation like this, he can’t win…” Robertson added.
Howard, a three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, has been calling for a trade since the beginning of the 2011-12 season. While at one point a trade to the New Jersey Nets seemed imminent, the Magic announced that they would wait until closer to the trade deadline to move Howard, and in the meantime attempt to convince him to sign a long term deal with the team. The 26-year-old, is averaging 20.3 points and 15.4 rebounds per game this season. He has been selected to start the All-Star Game, which is being held in Orlando this weekend. Howard can become a free agent at the end of the season.