Dwight Howard will sign with the Houston Rockets

Another Dwightmare ended: Houston, he's your problem

7/5/13 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Apr 28, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) during the game against the San Antonio Spurs in game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY SportsAccording to Sam Amick of USA Today, free agent center Dwight Howard will sign with the Houston Rockets.

The decision hasn't been formally announced, but it looks like Dwight will be stepping away from the Los Angeles Lakers and attempting to win a championship with the likes of Jeremy Lin and James Harden in Houston.

The Rockets will be the third team that Howard plays for. He was drafted by the Magic and spent 8 years in Orlando, where he averaged 18.3 points and 12.9 rebounds per game.

He was traded to the Lakers before last season, but never fully adjusted to playing in LA with Kobe Bryant under coach Mike D'Antoni. He still put up solid numbers, scoring 17.1 ppg and pulling down 12.5 rebounds per contest.

It's assumed that Dwight will sign a max contract, but there's no word yet on whether he'll just sign with the Rockets or if he'll go through the Lakers as a sign-and-trade.

This should be interesting for Houston, and we'll see if Dwight can assimilate well with the players and coaching staff there, after having issues in both of his previous stops.

The good news is that Dwight's new coach is Kevin McHale, an outstanding NBA big man back in the '80s, and he might be able to help him improve his offensive game, and also gain a level of respect from Howard that hasn't been present with his previous coaches.

What do you think of this decision? Did Dwight Howard make the right choice? And is this a good move for the Rockets?
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7/6/13   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21520 respect

Scott wrote:
Even though Twitter is having a lot of fun at Howard's expense, it sounds like he did a noble thing by telling the other two teams involved that he chose Houston.  That said, I still think the Thunder with a healthy Westbrook and the Spurs are going to have a say in if Howard's new team makes a serious run in the Western Conference next season

The Thunder are overrated...  I believe the Spurs are the real deal in the West...  But yeah, Howard will have to step up big time and provide some inside scoring and defense for the rockets to become serious playoff contenders...  

7/6/13   |   Scott   |   54570 respect

Even though Twitter is having a lot of fun at Howard's expense, it sounds like he did a noble thing by telling the other two teams involved that he chose Houston.  That said, I still think the Thunder with a healthy Westbrook and the Spurs are going to have a say in if Howard's new team makes a serious run in the Western Conference next season

7/5/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

well maybe not yes????smiley