HoopsHype Dwight Howard rumors

June 18, 2014 Updates

So look back a bit for me. It's been almost a year since you left L.A. and headed for Texas. How do you reflect on that decision now? A: "I made the best decision for me. Looking at this organization, where we're trying to go, I think all of us are pretty much on the same page. Each day I'm talking to the people up top, trying to figure out ways to try and get better. The coaching staff, from our trainer, in the weight room the guys are working on our bodies every day just trying to figure out how to get better. That's been our focus. "After the playoffs this year, we saw a lot of things in ourselves that we needed to change. Since then, I've just been on a mission to do whatever I can to lead this team. Every day, I'm there at 8 am in the weight room with these guys … Running on the track with them, going to the boxing gym with them, just trying to provide leadership. I've been in the league a long time, and even though I played a lot of (meaningful) basketball, this void is still in me. The void of not winning a championship. I want it extremely bad, and I want these guys to have that same kind of motivation and attitude that I have. I think my decision was great. I think it has forced me to really grow up as a man, as a basketball player, a teammate, father, everything. I think this is great for me." USA Today Sports

June 17, 2014 Updates

"A great man once told me that this is my plane, I fly it where I want to fly it, I'll land it where I want to land it. I built it, and it doesn't matter what anybody else thinks. If I want people on that plane, I'll put them on there. If not, this is my plane. For 'Melo and all of these other free agents, this is their plane. This is their time to fly wherever they want to fly. They can't let anybody or anything get in the way of doing what's best for them," Dwight Howard said. USA Today Sports

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Houston would trade almost anything not named Dwight Howard and James Harden to get at Anthony and they would go all in on a contract too. There has been talk that Houston has offered up Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin in a “give away” trade that could include their draft pick in the first round or a roster player like Terrence Jones to get those salaries off the books. Basketball Insiders

May 5, 2014 Updates

Casspi said he told his teammates: "Come get a different feel, be in Israel a little bit. Come see my country where I'm from. Kind of get better bonding as a team." And while no dates have been set yet, Casspi said a number of his Rockets teammates want to make the trip. "Dwight is definitely interested," Casspi said. "Chandler said he's interested. James said he's interested, Cisco. Me and Cisco are very close friends. Pat Beverley is going to come. So it's going to be fun." FOX 26 Sports

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
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“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

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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

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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

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