The Houston Rockets made their pitch to free-agent center Dwight Howard on Monday. They took Hall of Famers Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon with them, and also brought in Yao Ming via Skype.
But by bringing in a player of Olajuwon's ilk, the Rockets are basically reminding Howard of what he'll never be. There's as much chance of Howard developing a "dream shake" as there is him shooting above 60 percent at the free throw line.
And Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had to laugh out loud at the prospect of the Rockets telling Howard he could own the basketball market in China. Call me crazy, but I always thought being Chinese helped Yao's cause in that part of the world. It's not like folks are going to suddenly embrace Howard just because he joins Yao's former team.
But that's enough about the Rockets, a team that will play second-fiddle to the Mavs and Lakers in this high-stakes showdown. The Mavs have been furiously working to put a Plan B in place in case Howard decides to re...