Originally posted on RealGM  |  Last updated 7/24/13
When Chandler Parsons switched agents to Dan Fegan in May, he became closer friends with Dwight Howard. Parsons and Howard originally met in Orlando when the former was playing at Florida and latter was with the Magic. Parsons helped recruit Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets. "I think I had a big impact," Parsons said at USA Basketball's mini-camp. "The first thing he said at the press conference was that, 'You guys should thank Chandler Parsons because he is a big reason why I am here.' "Obviously, he loves the team, [general manager] Daryl Morey, coach [Kevin] McHale and all that. But I think I just gave him that comfort that you got one of your boys here who is also a key part to the team, a young guy. And we can grow on this for a long time." Howard began asking Parsons numerous questions about the Rockets shortly after both they and the Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs. "I told him how good I thought we could be," Parsons said. "If you add him with me, James [Harden] and Jeremy [Lin], Omer Asik … [and] what better coach to play for than a top-50 NBA player of all time in McHale? With "Dream" [Hakeem Olajuwon], Yao [Ming] and Ralph [Sampson] and all these centers that had success in Houston, I think it was a no-brainer for him." Parsons told Howard that playing for the Rockets was like playing for a "college team."
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