Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 7/18/13
Dwight Howard has certainly had his share of critics following his decision to join the Houston Rockets. (OK. He had plenty before then as well.) One such critic came in the form of Howard's former coach Mike D'Antoni. Howard had been vocal in the past about how he asked the Lakers to hire Phil Jackson following the firing of Mike Brown last season instead of D'Antoni and has been critical of his offense system. In an interview with the Los Angeles Daily News, D'Antoni laughed about Howard landing in Houston giving the fact that the Rockets run a similar offensive system as the Lakers: "The thing that cracks me up is Houston, they do the exact same thing. And so (Howard) is gonna go to Houston? OK, so did they talk about change there? Dont tell me that its that different." DAntoni also wished Howard well with his new team, but according to the article, he "does think Howard needs to accept what makes him a special player rather than envision himself as something he isnt yet and may never be." Maybe his former coach is just bitter he couldn't make the big man work along side Kobe Bryant. After all, Rockets coach Kevin McHale seems pretty confident Howard will be able to fit in just fine, having already declared and been fined for saying the Rockets "can beat anybody" now that they have Howard. Time will tell which coach will get the last laugh.
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