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Dwight Howard Chooses The Houston Rockets
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On July 5, 2013 @ 6:04 pm In NBA,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
After 20 months of twists and turns in the Dwight Howard saga a person with knowledge of his decision told USA TODAY Sports he will join the Houston Rockets.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because his decision had not yet been announced.
After being traded from the Orlando Magic to the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-team deal a year ago, Howard entered the summer unsure of what he might do because of the awful Lakers season that had unfolded.
His partnership with Kobe Bryant never went as planned, nor did his recovery from back surgery in April of 2012 that hindered his play for most of the season.
The five team race between the Houston Rockets, Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks included lengthy meetings with each team in Los Angeles earlier in the week that would not only determine his final destination but slow a free agency period that should now speed up with his decision known.
The practice of superstars pushing their way to greener pastures is hardly a unique concept in today’s NBA, but Howard’s was in a class all its own because of the seemingly-endless twists and turns and his infamous indecisiveness.
With word having long-since spread about his growing unhappiness in Orlando during the lockout, his first public request came during training camp in Dec. 2011.
He had taken the Magic to new heights, as they went from 21 wins the season before he was taken first overall out of Southwest Christian Academy in 2004 to 36 wins in his rookie season. Then, starting in 2006, they went on a run of six straight playoff appearances that included the NBA Finals loss to the Lakers in 2009 and a Conference Finals loss to the Boston Celtics in 2010.
He won three Defensive Player of the Year awards, was known as the best center in the game, and had a fun-loving image that would be battered throughout the year to come.
But Howard wanted more, to play on the sort of stage that would help him become an icon of the sporting world. That … [For more on Dwight Howard makes his decision, click here.]
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