Two years ago, I'd have never thought it possible for a basketball player to emerge from a free-agency blunder looking worse than LeBron James did. This is when he went with his gut during an embarrassing national TV special and took advantage of his God-given right to do whatever he wanted to do.
But in bungling nearly every aspect of his inevitable divorce from the Orlando Magic -- one that could have been relatively painless had he just been honest from the start -- Dwight Howard has made LeBron's jilting of Cleveland in favor of Miami look civil and sophisticated by comparison.
Howard's relationship with the team that drafted him first overall in 2004 has been broken for quite some time. But after six months marred by constant bickering and ham-handed efforts at reconciliation, their covenant has reached the point where it is wrecked beyond repair.
So the Magic are moving forward, more out of necessity than an independent desire to do so. As new general manager Rob Hennigan d...