Samuel Dalembert is a realist, and equal to his defensive might and rebounding prowess, the attitude he brings to the Rockets is of value.
The Rockets coveted Nen only for the free-agent center to re-sign with the Nuggets. They traded for Pau Gasol only for NBA commissioner David Stern to void that three-team agreement between the Rockets, Lakers and Hornets. Dalembert had been on the Rockets' wish list, and they on his, but he wasn't at the very top. This fact did not dissuade him.
On Friday he arrived at Toyota Center ready to work. He is proud of what he has accomplished over nine seasons in the NBA. He is anxious to provide the Rockets with the skills that have yielded modest renown.
"I know I wasn't the first option for the Rockets. They made that clear and I respect that," Dalembert said. "I didn't know that (the signing) was going to happen. Eventually when it does happen, it's very exciting.
"You're here now to do my part. Ever...