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January 13, 2015 Updates

Garnett was clearly the aggressor, but the Nets — specifically Joe Johnson — expressed surprise that Howard wasn’t also ejected. “They said it didn’t look like Howard threw a punch, that it was an open-hand punch, wasn’t much of a punch,” coach Lionel Hollins said. “It doesn’t matter whether I do (agree with Howard not being ejected) or not. That was the decision that was made and we have to live with it.” New York Daily News

Howard spoke glowingly about Garnett before the game. Both players were drafted out of high school and became superstars. "I mean, part of the reason I have the number that I have (No. 12) is because of him (Garnett used to wear No. 21)," Howard told ESPN.com. "I wanted to be just like him coming out of high school. When I was in high school I think I went to see him play one time, and it's just crazy because you watch the game, you don't see nothing special sometimes, but he'll end up with 25 (points) and 15 (rebounds). He's always been that intense guy that's gonna bring it every day at practice, and he really loves the game. And you can tell with his energy and effort. I think this is what, year 19? And he's still playing with the same intensity as year one." ESPN.com

January 12, 2015 Updates

“It’s something that, at the time, would have been the best move,” Howard said Monday morning before his Rockets play the Nets at Barclays Center. “But everything happens for a reason. I was looking forward to one day being in Brooklyn at the time, but I found a great home in Houston, our team is playing exceptionally well, and we have a great opportunity to do something special.” New York Post

Instead, on a flight home from San Antonio the night before the trade deadline, he decided to to sign a waiver stating he wouldn’t opt into his contract – a decision he would soon come to regret – suddenly removing any incentive for Orlando to trade him and any chance of the Nets signing him as a free agent that summer. “I think when I opted in, it kind of changed everything,” he said. “But like I said, Houston is a great place. I love where I’m at. I found a great organization here. Even though I won’t be playing here in Brooklyn, I have a lot of family and friends here, so it’s a lot of fun to visit with those people.” New York Post

“Yeah, you always have those regrets or whatever,” Howard admitted. “But one thing I try to do is live without regrets. Like I said, everything happens for a reason. There was a point in time where I thought this was the best place for me to play basketball, and I guess things didn’t happen the way I wanted them to happen.” New York Post

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The Rockets released rookie center Tarik Black on Friday to make room for veteran forward Josh Smith, but they also praised Black’s longshot success in making the roster and contributing as the fill-in starting center when Dwight Howard was out. “Tarik did a great job,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. “I told him he’ll be picked up in our league. I told him in preseason, I said ‘Tarik, you have to go out and open people’s eyes. You didn’t get drafted.’ But he came in and had (15) rebounds in a (preseason) game. Everybody around the league is saying, ‘Dang, what did we miss on Tarik Black?’ “He’s on people’s radar. He’ll get another job. He’s a great kid. I really liked coaching him. A wonderful young man. We’re going to miss him. It’s a tough business this league.” Houston Chronicle

December 25, 2014 Updates

And if he can be disciplined enough to abandon his old addiction, even if only slightly, Smith could be a difference maker in the Western Conference with his move to the Rockets. Two days after his shocking release from Detroit, Smith made the expected decision to join a playoff contender in Houston, which offered a winning environment he hadn’t experienced since leaving the Hawks, a starting role at power forward and a long-dreamed-about partnership with his good friend and former AAU teammate Dwight Howard. “Dwight the player was big,” a person close to Smith said. “Dwight the person didn’t hurt, let’s be honest.” Washington Post

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