Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 6/8/12

He loves me, he loves me not. He loves me, he loves me not. That’s not the sound of a 14-year-old girl pulling the petals off of a flower, it’s the thought process of the Magic fans and front office. At this point, nobody has any clue what uniform Dwight Howard will be wearing at the start of the 2012-2013 season. By now, most people don’t care. We just find all the obnoxiously conflicting reports to be highly entertaining.

According to WESH in Orlando, Howard “loves” Orlando and does not want to be traded. Apparently their sources have a slightly different opinion than these ones.

A source close to Orlando Magic All-Star Dwight Howard said Wednesday that he still loves Orlando and isn’t seeking a trade. In an interview with WESH 2 News sports anchor Larry Ridley, the source said Howard is bothered by the hit his image has taken since this season’s trade rumors and problems with Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy.

The source said Howard is “hurt by all the negativity surrounding him (and) doesn’t understand why he’s blamed for everything that happens inside the (Magic) organization.”

Howard is continuing his rehabilitation in Los Angeles, and the source said he’s waiting to see how the Magic improves.

Poor Dwight. Maybe there’s a good reason the NBA Store is selling those shirts after all. Even if Howard does want to remain in Orlando, it’s laughable that he’s trying to make it seem like he had no problem with Van Gundy. If the Magic end up keeping Dwight, it’s only because he got his wish when Van Gundy was fired. Anything to make a poor attempt to protect the image.

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Photo credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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