HoopsHype Dwight Howard rumors

March 28, 2014 Updates

Rockets center Dwight Howard said he struggled in the second half on Thursday, his second game back after missing three games following a procedure to remove a cyst and fluid in his left ankle. “My ankle was bothering me tonight,” Howard said. “I came out a little bit early in the third quarter because of it. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow.” When asked if he might have to miss time, Howard said he does not want to skip any games after missing three when the ankle was drained. “I don’t want to sit out, but the most important thing is that I’m ready for the playoffs,” Howard said. Houston Chronicle

March 26, 2014 Updates

Did the NBA move too quickly in eliminating the center position on the All-Star ballot? At least one NBA executive believes so. "I wouldn't call it a renaissance because they don't play the position quite the same way, but the position is stocked with young quality players," he said, ticking off Andre Drummond, DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan and Jonas Valanciunas coming up behind Joakim Noah, Dwight Howard, Brook Lopez, Al Jefferson, Roy Hibbert and Marc Gasol. Bleacher Report

March 25, 2014 Updates

Howard piloted the land rover on practice terrains on NASA’s campus that simulated the moon and Mars. For the noted overgrown kid, getting to play around in an actual spaceship had to have been a blast. For The Win

Metta World Peace on Howard's limitations as an offensive player: "That’s where I had an issue with Dwight sometimes because he’s strong and he can rebound, he can block shots, he can dunk. But his moves are not polished yet. So to want the ball every time … we’re going to give it to you, because the franchise called for that, but he isn’t going to score." ESPN.com

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But Dwight Howard took substantially less money last July to sign with Houston. "I still don't understand why he left," Buss said. "He had his own reasons. People I guess maybe would be talking [angrily] about the billboard. That really seemed to rub people the wrong way. I thought it was a good idea. It obviously didn't mean anything to him." Los Angeles Times

Dwight Howard is still in his first season as a Houston Rocket, but he’s already thoroughly embraced his new home. After the Rockets’ Thursday blowout win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Howard hung out with Houston Texans running back Arian Foster and former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. For The Win

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After getting off to a 21-13 November and December, the Rockets have been 23-8 since January 1. The only team with a better winning percentage in 2014 has been the Los Angeles Clippers, at 26-8. A big reason is the resurgence of Dwight Howard, who seems to be recovered from the 2012 back surgery that hampered his lone season with the Los Angeles Lakers last season. Howard, a three-time defensive player of the year, has not only helped the Rockets in what was one of their weaknesses last year, but has averaged 19.7 points and 13.1 rebounds per 36 minutes. "The biggest thing is his health," Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said of Howard. "If you watched closely last season, he started the year off slowly and finished the year very well. And this year, he's just continued on. Everyone talks about the defense, but offensively, he's very good." USA Today Sports

It’s no secret that Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant did not get along last season. Howard’s fun-loving personality and Bryant’s super-serious approach clashed during Howard’s lone season with the Los Angeles Lakers, and their teammates saw it coming a mile away. Lakers point guard Steve Nash knew right away that it wasn’t going to work out. From a Friday BS Report interview with Grantland’s Bill Simmons: For The Win

March 8, 2014 Updates

The Rockets had a familiar face on the practice court on Saturday afternoon. Hakeem Olajuwon was in the gym working with several players. He spent a lot of time with Omer Asik, Terrence Jones and Dwight Howard. “Its a great learning experience – a Hall of Famer, one of the best bigs to ever play this game and he has so much knowledge and experience,” Jones said. “It’s so much to take in.” Jones said he and Olajuwon worked specifically on post moves. “He has so many counters and ways to get to the middle of the paint, which is the best way to score for a big,” Jones said. “He is teaching me ways to get there.” Houston Chronicle

March 6, 2014 Updates

The Magic featured Howard in a video tribute as part of their nightly 25th anniversary celebration. A member of the opposing team has been featured whenever relevant to Magic history and on Wednesday, that meant showing highlights of Howard’s time in Orlando before leaving for one season in Los Angeles. “I do appreciate it,” said Howard, who watched the video from the Rockets bench. “I thought we had some great times in Orlando. I’ll never forget them. It was good to see some of those things. Houston Chronicle

“Last year, it was fresh for a lot of the Magic fans. They were upset with how things went down. At the end of the day, I think time heals all wounds. Even though it’s only been a year, I’ve forgiven the people I needed to forgive and hopefully the fans will forgive me for how the situation ended. My love for this city will never change. “I played here. People are upset I left so they’re going to boo. They’re going to let their frustrations out. That’s totally understandable. I appreciate all the fans that did cheer. The reason I left had nothing to do with the fans. I’ll always been grateful to the people that supported me from day one.” Houston Chronicle

March 5, 2014 Updates

Dwight at least sounded as if he has gained a conscience and some grown-up perspective, although he did plead for leniency before tip-off. "Time heals all wounds," said Howard, speaking on behalf of no one. "…Hopefully the fans can forgive me for how the situation ended." Orlando Sentinel

David Baumann: Dwight Howard booed during intro in Orlando. #rockets #magic @ Amway Center instagram.com/p/lLjPCBOzFa/ Twitter @DavidBaumannCBS

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