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Dwight Howard finally got his wish, when he signed with the Houston Rockets, and became the official face of a franchise that makes him comfortable.
If reports are correct, Howard could have been a Rocket in early 2012 if he simply wouldn’t have opted back in. Ken Berg of CBS Sports is reporting that the Orlando Magic had a deal in place to trade Howard to Houston before the 2012 trade deadline.
League sources confirmed that the Magic and Rockets did, in fact, tentatively agree to a trade in March 2012 that both sides were prepared to follow through on had Howard forced the Magic’s hand and kept his right to opt out after the season and become a free agent. It would’ve involved at least some of the young assets that were so attractive to Howard this summer when he chose the Rockets as a free agent. (Magic officials, according to sources, later told Rockets officials that they preferred Houston’s deal to Brooklyn’s.) Thus, while Howard gave up some money in the short term to leave LA, he wound up on a roster that didn’t have to be decimated to acquire him.
Howard of course eventually was traded to L.A., and the rest is history. It simply makes the notion that Dwight Howard knew where he would eventually end up all along very plausible.
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Last season, most Lakers fans were ready to accept Dwight Howard, but it didn’t seem like he was ready to accept them. Did he ever really want to be a Laker? Did he ever truly embrace the purple and gold? Jim Buss doesn’t think so.
According to Ric Bucher who did a piece on the Buss family for the Hollywood Reporter, Jim feels that Howard was “never really a Laker”:
Kevin McHale wants Dwight Howard to be the athlete he truly is, and stop trying to overpower all his opponents.
McHale organized the workouts with Howard and Hakeem Olajuwon, and he’d prefer his star big man prioritize his speed and quickness offensively.
“It’s a lot of hard work,” Howard said. “The biggest thing that he’s been telling me this whole time, use your speed...
Kevin McHale wants Dwight Howard to prioritize his speed and quickness offensively.
McHale helped organize workouts with Howard at the Toyota Center in Houston this week."It's a lot of hard work,” Howard said. “The biggest thing that he's been telling me this whole time, use your speed, your quickness and then your power. He's been really studying a lot of my...
It appears that the Rockets are more than just VERY financially invested in Dwight Howard, they also want him to excel after dropping some big cheese on him. The latest indication of that is Dwight Howard getting some post lessons from no other than Hakeem Olajuwon and coach Kevin McHale. Olajuwon is on the Rockets payroll in order to work “with Rockets interior players each...
Dwight Howard is a defensive beast. On offense, he does not necessarily plow through opposing centers. He relies on his jumping ability to get going inside the paint. Compared to [...]
Dwight Howard spent very little time with the Los Angeles Lakers before heading off to Houston. Most NBA fans envisioned Howard becoming the face of the Lakers’ franchise after Kobe Bryant retired, but the plan never came to fruition. Team executive vice president Jim Buss does not sound surprised. Rick Bucher interviewed Buss for a […]
Now that Dwight Howard is the starting center for the Houston Rockets, he has the talents of incredible post players like Hakeem Olajuwon at his disposal – oh, and Kevin McHale ain’t half bad, either – as Jason Friedman sent these pictures out on Twitter displaying Howard’s work.The post Dwight Howard works out with Hakeem Olajuwon, Kevin McHale (Photo) appeared first on...
Now that Dwight Howard has officially left LA to join the Houston Rockets, Lakers owner and vice president, Jim Buss, says that the 27-year-old center, who spent just one season with the franchise, was “never really a Laker.”
According to Ric Bucher, Hollywood Report:
Jim insists he’s just following his father’s blueprint, but the Howard situation suggests he missed a page...
One perk of signing with the Houston Rockets as a big man is being able to work out with some of the best post players in NBA history, and Dwight Howard is taking full advantage. The 27-year-old center was seen working out at the Toyota Center Monday with Hall of Famers, Hakeem Olajuwon and Kevin McHale.
We’ve seen plenty of tweets from our favorite athletes where they’ve completely struck out on getting after a fan, but after last week’s hilarious Dwight Howard response to a fan bashing him for leaving the Lakers last month for the Rockets, it got us thinking about some of the posts that athletes actually turned into […]
Dwight Howard decided to leave the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason to sign with the Houston Rockets.
"He was never really a Laker," said Jim Buss of Howard. "He was just passing through."
According to those close to Howard, he could have been persuaded to re-sign with the Lakers.
Jeanine Buss believes Howard would have remained with the Lakers if her father...
You know how guys be at the club and after being denied by a woman they are trying to pursue they hit her with the….
“I didn’t want you anyway, you’re ugly.”
I think that pretty much describes these comments by Jim Buss.
“He was never really a Laker,” Jim said to Ric Bucher of The Hollywood Reporter. “He was just passing through.”
Buss' Lakers launch, in futility, "Stay D12" campaign to keep him in Los Angeles. After he moves to the Rockets, Buss says "He was never really a Laker." Makes sense
It's not a shock to any in the NBA community when Dwight Howard's lone season, the 2012-13 campaign, with the Los Angeles Lakers is designated a failure of nearly epic proportions...
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It wasn’t much of a secret last season that after losing Dwight Howard, the Orlando Magic were going to be in full-blown rebuilding mode. Their days of being contenders for a Finals spot, or even a playoff position went with Howard to Los Angeles, and though the team made strides toward improvement, with impressive showings from promising young players...