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@JohnAbney @The Exorcist You make some very valid points. And if Howard can be the player we're still waiting for him to be on a truly competitive team, than I can't argue with any of it. But I happen to live in the L.A. area and have seen many a 'franchise player' lose sight of the bigger picture in the after-hours Hollweird scene. Again, if Pop stays and Howard is willing to accept a reasonable salary to be on best team in the league, and if Pop decides to do it, then there's no better coach to turn him back into a force to be reckoned with. But if Howard goes the L.A. Slippers, or some other team for more money and less chance of getting a ring, then he's right back to being Darla.
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@jezzyman05 If anyone can transform Howard into a solid contributor that puts the team before himself, it's Pop. Now let's see if Darla Howard wants to win rings or just make the most he can make by bouncing around from one non-contender to the next for what's left of his career. He's still young, 27, but he's entering his 10th year in the league and that takes a toll. Just like foregoing college basketball doesn't typically lend itself to a more mature player. In any event, it's only relevant if Pop doesn't retire.
Darla Howard is the most overrated and soft player ever to be billed as 'the next big thing'. Maybe he had his moments in Orlando, but he lacks the class and heart to be on the mighty Spurs. If Pop stays, it's a lock that Darla will end up on a team with new and timid head coach that will bow to him. Pop ain't the guy to be doing that with anyone. Especially a guy that's never lived up to his billing.