Golden State Warriors: Rules For the Dwight Howard Pursuit

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1. Does it mess with Team Chemistry?

Dec 7, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) handles the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Warriors’ success hinged on two things: young talent and team chemistry. All of the guys on this team knew their roles, excelled in that role, but also got along with others on the team. If you follow Twitter or watch a lot of the extra footage on YouTube, jokes, pranks and general camaraderie were staples of this team. The question management and Mark Jackson need to consider is whether Howard would disrupt that with the hoopla he brings to a team.

This team flew very much under-the-radar during last season, until late explosions by Stephen Curry put this team on the front page, literally, of national publications and headlining sports shows. This team is very selfless currently and exemplifies the term “team.” They hang out on the road, eat together and even have bible study together along with their coach, which is something unheard of in today’s me-first NBA.

Howard’s very egocentric attitude may very much disrupt this smooth, relaxed vibe the Dubs have going on. Throwing the wild card into the mix could very much divide a team that relies on feeding off each other both on and off the court.

Moreover, the fans really gravitate towards this selfless attitude and the inclusion of Howard could push some fans away. Too often the Warriors have gambled on questionable talent–see Larry Hughes, Stephen Jackson or Al Harrington–and have gotten nothing in return.

The risk-reward paid dividends early on in the “We Believe” season, but then what? Contract disputes, trade requests and lackadaisical play. Howard could seriously impact the goodwill gained with the fans during the past year and half.

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