HoopsHype Dwight Howard rumors

May 3, 2014 Updates

Lillard’s shot ruined a remarkable performance from the Rockets' pair of All-Stars. James Harden enjoyed his best game of the series by far, scoring a game-high 34 points while Dwight Howard tallied 26 – 13 of which came amid a breathtaking and heartbreaking fourth quarter for the Rockets. "It hurts," said a visibly distraught Howard after the game. "When you put everything you’ve got on the floor and somebody hits you with a dagger like that, it’s a tough pill to swallow.” NBA.com

April 29, 2014 Updates
April 28, 2014 Updates

“Dwight was being aggressive, we didn’t have much aggression today,” McHale said. “Again. Trying to find some things offensively, especially down the stretch, that could click for us, and gave everybody kind of a shot, and I just felt at that time that Dwight was our best bet down there at the block.” Oregonian

Some of the narrative around the Rockets has turned to their youth. Age-wise, they are the youngest team in the playoffs. Asked if youth is an obstacle, Howard — who with nine years in the league is the team’s elder statesman — mentioned teammates Josh Powell and Francisco Garcia as players who understand not to take things for granted. It’s a lesson he implied his younger teammates need to grasp. “They don’t understand it,” Howard said. “At the same time, that’s why it takes guys like Francisco, Josh Powell, myself to know that nothing is promised. Guys who’ve been in the league for 15, 16 years didn’t get a ring. … Nothing’s promised, you know. We can’t take any moment, any series, any team, any minute on the court for granted. You gotta go at it. You gotta stay focused. You gotta stay positive.” Oregonian

It doesn't mean he has to accept it, however. And as this series has gone on, he's had fight back the frustration that's boiling inside him as he watches the late-game turnovers, lack of commitment to defense and inconsistency in the Rockets' style of play on offense. "We don't have time. Time is not on our side," Howard said after the loss. "We have to really value each possession. I've been saying that since day one." ESPN.com

April 26, 2014 Updates
April 25, 2014 Updates

LaMarcus Aldridge has been terrorizing the Rockets through two games in their best-of-seven series. The Blazers’ power forward has 89 points in two games and has done it in a variety of ways. So how can they stop him? “Give him some bad food,” Dwight Howard joked (we think) after Rockets practice on Thursday afternoon. Yahoo! Sports

“Hopefully he gets off Krypton and comes back to earth in the next couple of days,” Howard said. “But he’s having a helluva series. That shot, that mid-range shot, is something he’s been doing since I played against him in high school. It hasn’t changed. Give him space, he’s going to knock down that shot.” Yahoo! Sports

April 23, 2014 Updates
April 22, 2014 Updates

After losing on his home court in Game 1, Dwight Howard has a thought as to how the Houston Rockets can turn the tables on LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers in their opening-round playoff series. "We have to play inside out, play their bigs and make it a long night for those guys," Howard told the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday. "I have to demand the ball, get it and go to work." ESPN.com

April 21, 2014 Updates
April 20, 2014 Updates

Game One of the Rockets best-of-seven series against Portland is Sunday night at Toyota Center. "This is the reason why I chose this place and this team," Howard said after the Rockets practice on Friday. "I feel like we've got a great opportunity and I don't want to take any moment for granted. "We've come along way. I told you guys at the beginning of the year, we would be a lot better at the end of the year than we were at the beginning," said Howard, who averaged 25.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game against Portland this season. CSN Houston

Rockets coach Kevin McHale would not directly say he would play Asik and Howard together again, elevating it only from a topic he would not discuss to “it’s possible. “We haven’t done it a lot lately,” he said. “They were effective earlier at stages, and this might be one of those games where if we’re having a heck of a time with Aldridge we might try one of our big centers on him.” Houston Chronicle

April 19, 2014 Updates

After driving Dwight Howard’s white Ferrari to Saturday’s practice, and having thoroughly enjoyed the ride, Chandler Parsons was willing to go along with the deal to stay behind the wheel. Parsons joined several Rockets teammates Omri Casspi, Troy Daniels and Howard in getting what Jeremy Lin called “half Mohawks.” Howard, however, noticed — and Parsons agreed — that Parsons’ cut really was not very different from what he has worn before. “Dwight wanted everybody to get Mohawks. Somehow I snuck away and got the same exact haircut I’ve had all year. He’s going to make me do it shorter.” Houston Chronicle

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