Former Magic CEO: Dwight Howard compared himself to Jordan, Ali, Mandela

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Remember former Magic CEO Bob Vander Weide?

He’s the guy who drunkenly called Dwight Howard pleading with him to stay with Orlando in 2011.

Vander Weide resigned then, but he’s still talking about the latter stages of Howard’s Magic tenure.

Vander Weide, via George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel:

“When he told me he was an icon, guess what three names he used [to compare himself to]?” Vander Weide said. “Michael Jordan. Muhammad Ali. Nelson Mandela.”

“Are you kidding me?'” Vander Weide said. “We’ve been to the Finals once and you’re a great athlete, and you’re an icon like these three? I knew it was over. I knew there was no chance of keeping him.”

This might be true. Self-awareness has not always been Howard’s strong suit.

But Howard, now with the Rockets, is an easy target. Many fans love to loathe him.

If Vander Weide wanted to minimize his drunk dial, the best way is to make the other person in the story look deranged. Revealing an out-of-context comparison will do just that in certain circles, accurate or not.