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The Dwight Howard circus has lasted over two seasons, it has traveled from the Magic Kingdom to Hollywood, with rumored stops at the Golden Gate Bridge, Hotlanta (do they still call it that), and of course the Texas two step. Howard tweeted on friday night that his final landing spot would indeed be Space City, Houston Texas. That’s right, the Rockets are relevant again, at least for the offseason. Dwight Howard joins a long list of great big men on the Rockets, Moses Malone, Ralph Sampson, Akeem Olajuawon, and Yao Ming. The Houston Rockets landed the biggest free agent since Lebron James, and now have added two of the best players in the world the last two seasons. Make no mistake, the Rockets want to win
Dwight Howard took notice, saying the Rockets give him the best chance at winning an NBA title. Who’d a thought that the Rockets would be a better option than the LA Lakers. “I just looked at both teams and I felt like Houston was going in one direction–they got a lot of young players, they got a good coach in Kevin Mchale and I just felt like having him as a coach, he could really help me in the post and help me develop like I want to. That was mainly the big reason right there, and having the opportunity to grow with a team, a young team, like the Rockets. That’s the reason I decided to leave.”
With Dwight and Harden, the Rockets have a classic inside out game that could put them towards the top of the western conference. Time will tell if the Rockets do in fact compete with the Thunder and Spurs, but the Rockets sure are trying too.
The Houston Rockets took their best shot at Howard on Sunday night, or Monday morning as free agency kicks off. General Manager Daryl Morey, players James Harden, Chandler Parsons, coach Kevin McHale, owner Les Alexander all traveled to LA to speak with Howard. Hakeem Olajuwon, Y ao Ming and Dikembe Mutombo all taped video messages for Howard as well on behalf of the Rockets.
The Rockets are able to offer Howard a four year, $88 million dollar deal. The Lakers, Hawks, Warriors and in state rival Mavs will all also pitch to Howard this week.
2nd Round-Isaiah Canaan
Point Guard from Murray State
Rockets are hoping they scored a suitable back up for Jeremy Lin. Canaan is a point guard who can score off the dribble, and create for others. The big score for the Rockets should be in free agency, where they’ll go to war with cross state rival Dallas for Dwight Howard.
The Rockets are currently sitting pretty as the 7 seed in the Western conference, and are hoping this tough stretch coming up doesn’t knock them out. The Rockets currently hold a 2 ½ game lead over the Lakers for the 7 seed, and a 3 ½ game lead over Utah for a playoff spot. As long as the Rockets can get through their current rough stretch pulling out another game or 2, the Rockets should be able to stage off any late surges and keep the 7 seed.
The Rockets are in a middle of a tough 4 game stretch, but started it off by beating I10 rival and #1 seed San Antonio Spurs on Sunday. They followed that with a loss to the Pacers, but can end the weekend as success if they can split their weekend games. Friday the Rockets travel to Memphis, then Saturday come home to take on the Clippers. If the Rockets can squeeze a win out of this weekend, they’ll be in decent shape. The schedule gets a lot easier the rest of the way, with only 1 tough game at Denver, and another showdown with Memphis, this time in Houston.
With the Lakers right behind the Rockets, the last game of the season might end up being a special, important game. The Rockets end the season at the Staples center, in a prime time ESPN game against the Lakers. If the Rockets take care of the winnable games, they could have a chance to not only secure a playoff spot, but actually knock the Lakers out in the process.