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What will Dwight Howard be hearing?

Updated: February 23, 2012, 9:45 AM ET
By Jerry Greene | Page 2

LeBron James and Dwight HowardSam Greenwood/Getty ImagesWhat do you think LeBron James will say this weekend to Dwight Howard?

What a strange weekend lies ahead for Dwight Howard.

On the surface he will be Orlando's unofficial host for the NBA All-Star festivities, standing on the front porch with his engaging grin and open arms. But we all know his bags are packed and placed right behind the front door.

As was said in Page 2's "Party of Five"Howard is hosting the dinner party while divorce proceedings continue. A difficult time.

Howard is reluctant to talk to the media and, truthfully, what has he to say since he told the Orlando Magic that he wants out? The Magic, with the support of most fans, keep trying to say something to change his mind.

But this week all the game's stars and power-brokers will be in Orlando to whisper into his ear. What will they say in hopes of luring him to one NBA city or another? The possible answers to that question are the basis for this week's reader-generated list. To wit:

Top 10 Things NBA Stars Are Whispering To Dwight Howard

10. A Laker: "Yo, Superman. Stan Van Gundy is your Kryptonite. But your Lois Lane is waiting for you in Hollywood with your championship ring," said Naveen B. of San Dimas, Calif. (Kobe Bryant is Lois Lane? Kobe, we didn't say that, Naveen did.)

9. Hollywood agent: "If we can make Lindsay Lohan and Heidi Montag stars, imagine what we can do for you," said Adam T. of Orlando, Fla.

8. LeBron James: "Hey, man, you can have Miami and sharing the spotlight with Dwyane Wade. I'm going back to Cleveland right after Decision II," said Peggy C. of Oviedo, Fla.

7. Deron Williams: "Quit talking about coming here, because you're making it harder for me to leave this dump," said Michael B. of Menomonee, Wis.

6. Blake Griffin: "With the Clippers having the worst free-throw percentage, you'll fit right in," said Mark M. of Apopka, Fla.

5. "If you come to New York, we could lin a bunch more games! It would be linsane and …" said Ben M. of Peoria, Ill. (There was much more but enough is enough.)

4. LeBron James: "Do what you want but don't make a spectacle of yourself," said Chris H. of Pickerington, Ohio.

3. Kim Kardashian: "Call me," said Beverly M. of Little Rock, Ark.

2. Shaquille O'Neal: "Join the Lakers and I'll make sure you star in 'Kazaam II,' " said Wilson H. of Los Angeles.

1. David Stern: "No need to worry about your next location. I'll let you know where you're going," said Pat C. of Boston.

Whatever is said, Howard would probably be wise to ignore it all and pursue his dreams. After all, there must be a place where the free throw line is two feet from the basket.

Jerry Greene is a regular contributor to ESPN.com. He can be reached at osogreene@aol.com.

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