HoopsHype Dwight Howard rumors

January 13, 2014 Updates

Q: What is your voice on this team, as opposed to the other places you've been? Dwight Howard: Kind of the vet. It's a situation where I've been around for a while. I understand the situations that I've been in. They listen to me. Because they know how tough the last two years was. I've had to overcome a lot. So these guys always listen, always try to find ways to get better. We just all want to grow together. NBA.com

What do Jrue Holiday, a giraffe and 10-year-old Sandro Dussek have in common? They’ve all been dunked on by Dwight Howard. During the rain delay at Verizon Center on Saturday, Dwight Howard grabbed Sandro from his seat and had a little fun, going one on one with the tyke to kill some time. Sandro, son of telecom executive Steve Dussek, is a courtside fixture at Wizards games. He also has a pretty decent crossover. Washington Post

January 10, 2014 Updates

Among the interesting tidbits floating around the D-League Showcase in Reno, Nev., this week involved the possibility of the Rockets pairing Dwight Howard with Deron Williams in Houston -- an arrangement that now seems farfetched if not impossible. Remember that the thrust of the Nets' multiple attempts to acquire Howard in a trade two seasons ago was to team him up with Williams, who the franchise was trying to re-sign. Both players were on board with teaming up, but the Nets were never able to satisfy Orlando's trade demands. Howard, of course, wound up getting dealt to the Lakers and famously bolted LA for the Rockets as a free agent this past summer. CBSSports.com

But the subject of a Dwight-Deron duo was broached again in recent weeks, with the Rockets and Nets briefly delving into the particulars of a deal that would've sent Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin to the Nets for Williams. It made sense on many levels. The Nets would've gotten an insurance policy at center for the often-injured Brook Lopez (who has since been injured again and is out for the year). The Rockets would've solved their own center problem, as Asik doesn't want to remain in Houston. They've been trying to get off the Lin contract, and the Nets are one team that wouldn't mind his $15 million balloon payment next season. All the better to stick it to the Knicks. CBSSports.com

Howard also played in several playoff series against Atlanta when he was in Orlando. For his career, he averages 17.3 points and 14.1 rebounds against the Hawks. He grew up as a Hawks fan but as an NBA player, he jokes that he would rather stay away. “I am from Atlanta and I love the city but I hate playing the Hawks,” Howard said. Houston Chronicle

January 9, 2014 Updates

Western Conference. Frontcourt: 1. Kevin Durant (OKC) 1,054,209 2. Dwight Howard (Hou) 509,116 3. Blake Griffin (LAC) 500,964 4. Kevin Love (Min) 483,031 5. LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 404,793 6. Tim Duncan (Por) 385,342 7. Anthony Davis (NO) 223,956 8. Pau Gasol (LAL) 207,213 9. Andre Iguodala (GS) 192,616 10. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 156,792 11. DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 148,604 12. David Lee (GS) 141,509 13. Chandler Parsons (Hou) 135,387 14. Omer Asik (Hou) 101,372 15. Kawhi Leonard (SA) 91,859 NBA.com

Dwight Howard’s girlfriend – and baby’s mama #4 – Christine Vest was very vocal last season about wanting Dwight to head to the Houston Rockets. Seems as if she’s still harboring some hostility towards the Lakers. Christine showed her support for Dwight during Rockets vs. Lakers by rocking a “Laker Hater” camo sweatshirt. jocksandstilettojill.com

Bill Oram: Chris Kaman had an all-time great monologue about the Hack-A-Dwight strategy. Exchanged words with Dwight at one point, here's why... Kaman: "I was trying to foul him, but they weren’t calling them, so I started smacking him harder. I was like man I don’t want to mess you up or whatever. I don’t really care, but I just wanted to let you know don’t be a douchebag about it because this is what I’m supposed to do. … I don’t think he cared. I think he’s kind of used to it by now after what is it 9 years, 10 years in the league. The big thing is he’s shooting 50 percent, so I think teams see that as an advantage.” Twitter @bill_oram

January 8, 2014 Updates

Howard has desperately wanted to win, pushing himself in games and practices with far more determination than fits the reputation that preceded him to Houston. And afterward, he has been joyful in ways that never seemed to fit with the Lakers. "I heard all that, but I always want to get to know someone," fellow first-year Rocket Omri Casspi said. "I don't listen to what other people say, but he surprised me a lot - how good a leader he is, how much he wants to win, and how competitive he is. "He's just a happy person. I've been around good teammates and bad teammates, guys who are competitive and guys who are not. He is really competitive, but he's a happy guy. You can't get him down. I think that's one of the things that hurt him in L.A. There was a lot of negativity around him and Kobe (Bryant) not getting along. Here, he's always happy. On the court, he's competitive. When there's a water break, he's the one that's going to spill your water and play. When we get between those lines, he wants to be the best he can." Houston Chronicle

"It's his personality to not be uptight," said Chandler Parsons. "He looks at it as fortunate to be playing basketball. He's going to have fun doing it. That doesn't mean he's not serious. It doesn't mean he doesn't want to win. He wants to win more than anybody. It's just his personality to smile and have fun. "As a fan, I heard stuff. Last year, as a player on an opposing team, I heard stuff. But he's been nothing but a great teammate. He's been in the NBA 10 years. He's been an All-Star, an Olympian, Defensive Player of the Year. The only thing he doesn't have is a championship. You can tell he doesn't care about his stats. He doesn't care about anything else. He just wants to win." Houston Chronicle

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Howard is trying to repair his once-shiny image that was damaged during his awkward exit in Orlando and after his uninspired play in L.A. He appears to be slowly winning over critics. His new Rockets teammates don't have to be persuaded. "Most people on the outside look at him wrong. I know 'cause I did, too, before," Rockets point guard Aaron Brooks said. "He's a great guy. Huge heart." Orlando Sentinel

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Center Dwight Howard, who took Asik’s starting spot this season, hopes Asik comes back and helps the team win. Howard said he and Asik can be a good combination. But making that combo work is going to take some compromise. “Like we said at the beginning of the year, it is going to take a total team effort for us to win a championship,” Howard said. “I know he has had a rough time, but the only thing we can do as a team is continue to lift him up, continue to try to help him understand that he is a big part of the team. “I know he might not feel that way, but he is.” Houston Chronicle

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