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“No Way They Chose Him Over Dwight (Howard)”: Already Short on Frontcourt, Dub Nation Blasts Stephen Curry and Co’s Latest Recruit

Published 09/26/2023, 2:38 AM EDT

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A few days back, the Golden State Warriors hyped up their fans with fascinating trade moves. Several reports and videos of Dwight Howard training with the Dubs surfaced on the internet. However, the hype died down immediately, as the Dubs rejected the 6′ 10 former champion. Following the disappointment, the Dubs front office further rattled their fans with their new addition. Importantly, the new 6′ 4  addition doesn’t seem to add value to the already-short Warriors roster.

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The Dubs have carried out significant changes to their roster in the off-season. While the core three players remained intact, the management played around with the rest of the team. Importantly, they traded out the promising Jordan Poole for the veteran point guard, Chris Paul. Moreover, fans felt roping in Howard would have been icing on the cake at the end, but the new shooting guard addition didn’t seem to impress them.

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Days after the Warriors management rejected Dwight Howard, the team signed up free agent Rodney McGruder ahead of the season opener. McGruder previously spent three years with the Detroit Pistons, averaging close to 5.5 points in 99 games. Senior NBA Insider Shams Charania took to his X, formerly known as Twitter, and broke the news to the NBA world.

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In the tweet, Charania wrote, Free agent forward Rodney McGruder is finalizing a deal with the Golden State Warriors… McGruder will compete for a roster spot in Warriors camp.” The trade update instantly reminded the fans of Klay Thompson‘s sly dig at the former Pistons star during the 2019-20 season. Thompson was part of the commentary, as he was injured. While speaking about McGruder, he said, “This dude might be out the league soon. He’s probably mad about that.”


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Furthermore, fans expressed their disappointment at the team for picking McGruder ahead of Howard.

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Fans flooded the comments with hilarious opinions and memes in response to the update.

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In response to Charania’s tweet, fans swarmed the comments with opinions. One user said, “No way they chose him over Dwight.” Similarly, many fans expressed their disappointment with the trade. Here are some reactions from fans.



Apart from that, fans also shared the video clip of Thompson’s sly dig at the Pistons star.





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Meanwhile, some sections of the fans straight up trolled the Warriors management for their recent choice.


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Keeping the trolls aside, will McGruder bring out the best in Stephen Curry & Co? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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Written by:

Shahul Hameed


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Shahul Hameed is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports, where he brings his passion for sports and entertainment journalism to life. With a Master's Degree in journalism from a reputed institute and years of experience in the industry, Shahul always strives to provide insightful and astute coverage of the NBA to the fans. Shahul's love for sports writing dates back to his college days.
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Sameen Nawathe