The Rockets were the first among several teams to make a pitch to Dwight Howard in hopes of recruiting him to Houston. They went all out for their meeting with him in Beverly Hills Sunday which included special appearances from former Rockets stars, Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, and even Yao Ming, who is currently in China, via Skype.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:
Beyond Houston Rockets owner Les Alexander, general manager Daryl Morey, his front office staff, and coach Kevin McHale, the organization brought Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler to make cases to Howard about ownership’s long commitment to winning and its relationships with its iconic players.
“Hakeem didn’t say much, but what did he say was very impactful,” one source in the room told Yahoo! Sports. Olajuwon talked about the Rockets as a destination for championships and drew upon his own personal relationship with Howard, sources said.
Yao Ming, another former great Rockets center, connected into ...