After weeks of being courted by other teams, celebrities and the city officials of various teams Dwight Howard has decided to join the Houston Rockets. He tweeted his sentiments:
“I’ve decided to become a member of the Houston Rockets. I feel its the best place for me and I am excited about joining the Rockets and I’m looking forward to a great season. I want to thank the fans in Los Angeles and wish them the best.”
According to USA Today Sports Howard’s deal with Houston is worth $88 million over four years. Howard seems the Rockets give him his best chance of getting a ring. In an interview with ESPN.com he talked about that being the priority:
“[A championship is] the priority. That’s the priority. [Shoot], I’m betting $30 million on it,” Howard told ESPNLosAngeles.com in a phone interview Friday night, referencing the amount of money he likely will leave on the table by bolting Los Angeles for Houston.
“I just looked at both teams and I felt like Houston was going in one direction — they got a lot of young players, they got a good coach in Kevin McHale and I just felt like having him as a coach, he could really help me in the post and help me develop like I want to. That was mainly the big reason right there, and having the opportunity to grow with a team, a young team, like the Rockets. That’s the reason why [I decided to leave].”
If he had stayed with the Lakers he could’ve made another $30 million and one more season. Certainly the Lakers are disappointed:
“We have been informed of Dwight’s decision to not return to the Lakers. Naturally we’re disappointed,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. “However, we will now move forward in a different direction with the future of the franchise and, as always, will do our best to build the best team possible, one our great lakers fans will be proud to support. To Dwight, we thank him for his time and consideration, and for his efforts with us last season. We wish him the best of luck on the remainder of his NBA career.”
In addition to the Lakers, Dwight Howard has been courted by the Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets. It was the Rockets that seems to offer Howard what he needed. I think part of what he needs is some mentoring, guidance and a push into leadership. Fans don’t care about his injuries or excuses. They will want him to deliver.
It really doesn’t matter what Howard’s decision would have been. Either way it would have drawn criticism and support. So it’s all eyes on Howard, and what happens with the Rockets will be the talk during the next NBA season. Like LeBron James, Dwight Howard has made a decision.
The only way to shut people up is to win.
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