Question for you: Would you rather have a fabulous rebound relationship with a cute but not overly gorgeous partner, or would you prefer to see you ex implode in dysfunctional flames after you get unceremoniously dumped?
It's a tough call, especially since a lot of people can't resist watching a train wreck or savoring the sweet revenge factor.
This might be a decision that you will have to make, Magic Fan.
The Magic began their season 2-1. The Lakers are 1-3. Is there something wrong with this picture?
"You betcha!" to quote another star-studded personality whose popularity has taken a tumble.
A lot of people, including former NBA star Charles Barkley, are suggesting that Howard and the Lakers and their new "Princeton" offense are in for a freefall, too. "I've always said I want my accountants from Princeton, not my offense," Barkley said recently.
If you do the early math for the Lakers, it's pretty awful. Heading into Wednesday night's game against Utah, they are only averaging 100 points a game while allowing 99.8 (19th in the NBA). Their 0-3 start was their worst in 34 years.
And lookie here, Orlando: The Magic, heading into Wednesday's game against Minnesota, are fifth in points per game (103.3), eighth in points allowed (94), and better yet, fifth in rebounding without the Big Guy (45 per game).
Who knew? Not this guy, who predicted the Magic would win 28 games.
Obviously — and let's underscore this, please — there is a ton of basketball that remains to be played. But wouldn't it be cool if the feeling lasted?
That said, Magic Fan, would you just as soon keep an eye out west, hoping that Howard regrets his decision to bail?
This is the nature of relationships. The one who gets dumped can get a little obsessed with the other person and can't move on without significant baggage.
Howard gave fans plenty of good times before it all soured and he informed management that he wanted to see other people.
It leads him to Hollywood, and leaves Orlando feeling a little like Cleveland after LeBron James took his talents elsewhere. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert didn't take it so well.
"I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER 'KING' WINS ONE," he wrote in his now infamous letters to fans.
Magic management has kept it classy with Dwight, and you'd expect nothing less from this organization.
Coach Jacque Vaughn said the other night that he doesn't play the bulletin board game with all the lousy pre-season reviews his team accumulated. He stays focused on the positive.
The star-less model has a chance to succeed if you have a team that can take the ego out of the equation. It's been refreshing to see a bunch of guys who understand the team dynamics of basketball, and how that extra pass, or a little harder work on defense can make a huge difference in the box score.
I'm not saying the Magic will make it to the NBA Finals.
I'm not predicting the Los Angeles Lakers won't.
But in a perfect world of cosmic payback, Magic Fan continues to have a good thing going with the new love, while Dwight finds a bed of thorny roses in Los Angeles.
As we all know, sports fans can be prickly.
And very unforgiving.
Read George Diaz's blog at OrlandoSentinel.com/enfuego or e-mail him at email@example.com He is a regular contributor on the Joel Greenberg Show weekdays 4-6pm on 810 AM Yahoo! Sports Radio Orlando