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Howard: No second-guessing Houston
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On September 29, 2013 @ 2:49 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
HOUSTON – Everywhere you turn in Houston, there’s no mistaking the fact that Dwight Howard has officially arrived.
His Godzilla-sized likeness is plastered on a four-story tall poster just outside the Toyota Center that reads “Legacy of Bigs,” with Howard overlooking the likes of Yao Ming, Hakeem Olajuwon, Ralph Sampson, Elvin Hayes, and Moses Malone. The real-life version of Howard has made plenty of appearances, too, none more unexpected than his visit with teammate Chandler Parsons to a local high school football game late last week that sent the locals into a frenzy.
But when it comes to the path that brought him here, the July 5 announcement that he had decided to leave the Los Angeles Lakers and an extra $30 million behind in Los Angeles, he wants to make one thing clear that wasn’t on that day: he never waffled.
Howard, whose infamous indecisiveness during the accurately-dubbed “Dwightmare” in Orlando added to the decline of his once-sparkling image, was on a plane from Aspen, Colo. to Los Angeles when reports surfaced claiming that – despite a USA TODAY Sports report revealing his decision to join the Rockets – he was having second thoughts. The news sparked the latest public bashing of Howard in the social media world, with fans and media alike criticizing him for what appeared to be another dose of unnecessary drama. The problem, Howard said, is that it never happened.
“That was not the case,” Howard told USA TODAY Sports. “I was very upset about it when all that stuff started to come out because that’s not what was going on. I decided … the night before it came out, and my thinking was, ‘Let me get back to L.A. and sit in front of (Lakers general manager) Mitch (Kupchak) and give the Lakers that respect.’ I wanted to tell them in person.
“There was no (thought of), ‘Oh man, hold up, let me think about this again.’ The night before, when I had decided, I sat down with everybody – my agent, my best friend who was there, and my bodyguard, and we talked. I said this … [For more on Dwight Howard says there was no second-guessing Houston, click here.]
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