HoopsHype Dwight Howard rumors

March 15, 2014 Updates

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

March 2, 2014 Updates

“I didn’t go out and recruit Dwight [but] I’m one of the leaders of this team with Dwight being here. I needed to be there,” Harden said of the Rockets’ July meeting with Howard. “He’s a special talent. It’s hard to find someone his size and as athletic as him that can move, so I wanted to be part of that meeting and the meeting went well, obviously. “I want to win a championship and it’s easier said than done. Him being here is definitely the right step. It’s going to be a lot of hard work but we’re a young team. We play the same way that he loves to play. We’re going to give him the ball as much as possible. We needed him to come here and do what he does best.” Boston Globe

February 26, 2014 Updates

"He has been in the league for a long time," Howard said about Anthony. "He hasn't made it to the Finals and at this point in his career he wants to win. You can see it every night when he plays. I know he has to take a lot of shots and all that stuff, but he just wants to win. I can't say (what he'll do). That's on him. He's got to decide. (But) he can't be what everybody else wants. In this situation, you've got to take your heart out of it…So I'd just say for him, take his heart out of it and think with his head and think about business." USA Today Sports

February 20, 2014 Updates

Peter Vecsey: Hearing Howard isn't thrilled by prospects of RR joining HR. Not that he's opposed but not crazy about it. Different attitudes & approaches. Twitter @PeterVecsey1

Dwight Howard played his first game in Los Angeles since since leaving the Lakers for the Houston Rockets, and as expected, fans weren’t exactly happy to see him. The boos started on Houston’s first possession, starting up immediately every time Howard touched the ball thereafter. Early on, Howard had the upper hand. He scored the Rockets’ first six points of the game, looking engaged and motivated by his reception from Lakers fans. For The Win

February 19, 2014 Updates

But on the eve of his first game against his former team at Staples Center, he did admit there were things that could've changed the outcome. "There's a couple things that could've been done, but that's over with now," Howard said with a coy smile Tuesday afternoon. "I'm in a better place, our team is doing great and the Lakers, they'll come back. But hopefully this is the Rockets' time." ESPN.com

Howard's Rockets won seven games in a row heading into the All-Star break. The Lakers (18-35) are lottery bound after losing seven straight home games. Their .340 winning percentage is the franchise's worst since 1959-60. "I think I still might follow them on Twitter, that's about it," Howard said, when asked whether he'd been following the Lakers season. "I don't pay attention to what's on TV and what's being said. I just focus on my team." ESPN.com

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