“When he told me he was an icon, guess what three names he used [to compare himself to]? Michael Jordan. Muhammad Ali. Nelson Mandela.”
MJ, Ali, Mandela… two of the best athletes of all time and one of the greatest men of all time. Dwight is of course a great player, but he hasn't done anything to merit being in the conversation with any of those three – especially back when he was in Orlando.
Vander Weide continued, knowing that this attitude from Dwight Howard meant he needed to leave Orlando:
“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.”