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He said he is happy for Gersson Rosas, Sam Hinkie and Arturas Karnisovas, who have left or will leave the Rockets and their positions as Morey's top personnel assistants for greater positions around the NBA. All had earned their new positions, Morey said. He just would not view their success as a measure of his. "I don't feel we accomplished much, yet," Morey said. "I'll take more pride when we've actually had more results than before. "It's a results league. It should be. Everyone, including ourselves, will be looking at what should be a step forward this year in hopefully a big way. … I'm trying to make sure we actually have some results before we get too excited." Houston Chronicle

The Rockets did make a change, however, when they replaced Dave Macha, a strength and conditioning assistant, with Joe Rogowski, the long-time Orlando Magic strength coach. Rogowski has long had a good relationship with Dwight Howard, but Morey said that despite appearances there was no connection to hiring Rogowski and recruiting Howard, who works with own strength coach and brought him with him from Orlando to Los Angeles. "I get why people would say that, but it has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with it," Morey said of hiring Rogowski, who is engaged to a Houstonian, Olympic taekwondo bronze medalist Diana Lopez. "We attempted to interview and hire Joe a year ago. He stayed in Orlando. This year was maybe the right time for him to move." "It's an area we thought took a big step forward with (Director of Strength and Conditioning) Darryl Eto a few years ago. We decided to look again, to bring in someone else. We found Joe. We think Joe is a really forward-thinking guy and the combination of Darryl and Joe will give us a unique approach there. It's been an area we've continued to make strides in. Hiring Joe is another step in that direction." Houston Chronicle

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General manager Daryl Morey insists he is not looking to deal guard Jeremy Lin and center Omer Asik in the wake of signing Dwight Howard He has cited Lin’s ability as an attacking guard as a good fit with Howard. He has talked about the value of Asik’s defense off the bench. On Saturday, he added another reason. “The reality is James (Harden) and Dwight (Howard) want to play with Jeremy and Omer,” Morey said. “I’ve been kicked down to assistant GM. They’re going to be here.” Houston Chronicle

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But the Rockets on Wednesday officially will sign free-agent center Dwight Howard. Alexander believes the move could lead the Rockets again to the top. "Yes, I would think so," Alexander said in a phone interview Tuesday with FOX Sports Florida. "We've got the best center in the NBA and the best two guard in the NBA (James Harden). Not many teams can claim the best at two positions in the NBA." We'll see what Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant, recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon, might have to say about whether Harden has passed him at his position. In the meantime, the Rockets have plenty to chortle about after stealing Howard away from the Los Angeles Lakers. "I’m ecstatic to get a player of his magnitude," said Alexander, who makes his winter home in Florida's Palm Beach County. "I think right now you can say that (Rockets general manager Daryl Morey) will be Executive of the Year." FOXSports Florida

Alexander wouldn't reveal what was said in the private meeting. But five days later the Rockets got the word Howard would be joining them. Alexander said billboards are now going up in Houston to announce the big man’s arrival. Alexander has heard the criticisms of Howard’s personality. But he doesn't buy them. "I've met him," Alexander said. "He's not temperamental. He’s a nice, soft-spoken man. Even my doctor that did a physical (on Howard) said he really liked him. I think he's got a reputation that is unfair." FOXSports Florida

"It’s better than anybody's," Alexander said Houston’s big-man tradition. "From Ralph Sampson to Hakeem Olajuwon, Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes, Yao Ming and Dikembe Mutombo." The Lakers, whose stars have included Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O'Neal, also have had quite a tradition of post players. Alexander was asked if getting Howard from the Lakers could end up moving Houston ahead of them when it comes to having the all-time greatest centers. "I definitely do think that," he said. FOXSports Florida

The Houston Rockets won the Dwight Howard sweepstakes, but it'll cost them a bit more than they anticipated. Sources with knowledge of the decision told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the Rockets have been fined $150,000 by the NBA for unauthorized public comments made by team personnel about Howard during the league's annual moratorium on player business. ESPN.com

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