Throughout the frustrating dance he's been doing with the Orlando Magic in the past year, Dwight Howard has made it known he doesn't want to play for the Los Angeles Lakers.

It may end up being a blessing in disguise for the Lakers if he actually gets his wish, despite other possible destinations dropping out of the Howard sweepstakes. The Lakers may be better off without Howard, and not just because of the diva act he's been pulling with Orlando.

Howard might never embrace the legacy and responsibility that comes with being the next big man in L.A., even if he seems perfect for the part. He's shown no appetite for following in the massive footsteps of Shaquille O'Neal, the last Superman center to migrate from Orlando to Los Angeles looking to win rings alongside Kobe Bryant.

If you're the Lakers, why not stick with the guy who is already here, and performing ably under that pressure?

You can make an argument that Andrew Bynum, not Howard, is the best center in the NBA right now. This notion that the Lakers will go from championship contenders to championship favorites by swapping Bynum for Howard is based more in fantasy and popularity than reality and numbers.