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Details from Rockets’ Meeting with Howard
Posted By Alex Kennedy On July 1, 2013 @ 4:48 am In NBA | No Comments
The Houston Rockets met with unrestricted free agent Dwight Howard for several hours on Sunday evening and pulled out all of the stops to impress the All-Star center, according to sources close to the situation.
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, owner Les Alexander, head coach Kevin McHale, players James Harden and Chandler Parsons and legends Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler were in attendance for the dinner, which wrapped up around 3:30 a.m. EST. Yao Ming was also involved in the Rockets’ presentation, delivering a message to Howard through Skype.
The Houston contingent explained why Howard would be able to contend with the Rockets for years to come and tried to sell him on the situation. Throughout the meeting, Olajuwon, Drexler, Harden, Parsons and Yao shared their experiences in Houston and “offered Dwight their view on Houston being [the] best fit and best chance to win,” according to a source close to Howard.
Prior to the start of the Rockets’ meeting with Howard, Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak had a brief face-to-face conversation with Howard at the hotel where Houston’s presentation was set to take place. Kupchak offered Howard a quick hello and good luck as he enters this chaotic process.
The Lakers requested to be the final team to meet with Howard so they’ll give their presentation on Tuesday. Kupchak wanted to be “the first person and last person” that Howard communicated with as he sets out to make his free agency decision, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) July 1, 2013
Houston was viewed as the favorite to land Howard entering the meeting. Did their meeting seal this fate or did it open the door for other teams? Now, all the Rockets can do is be patient and wait for an answer.
The Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors will meet with Howard on Monday followed by the Dallas Mavericks and Lakers on Tuesday.
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