Dwight on Rockets: “I Like Their Team”

Read into it what you will, but Dwight Howard sounds very high on Houston. From the Dream Shake:

During media availability, when Dwight Howard was asked about joining the Houston Rockets, he had a surprising answer.

“I like their team to be honest with you,” Howard said when discussing the Rockets. “They’re a great team. They’re young. They play hard. They’re scrappy. They play together. Everything they do has been great. It’s fun to watch them.”

I couldn’t find any video of Howard’s comments on the Rockets to get a read on his expression as he said that, but based on comments on his situation in L.A., it’s pretty clear that he’s not satisfied with it. Skip to the four-minute mark:

So Dwight Howard’s goal is to be happy when playing basketball. Is that happening with the Lakers?

“Not at the present time, no. Hopefully it gets better,” he says.

To sum up: a transformational talent is griping about his own team, praising the Rockets, and headed for free agency. It’s a good day.

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  • thejohnnygold says 1 YEAR ago Yup, that just answered a lot of questions. If Smith comes in I think he will alternate time at PF/SF like Parsons does....that will limit some of the minutes for the young guys, but they should all be on the active roster now--I presume. Greg Smith still looks lost on the court at times; although, he knows what to do once he gets the ball near the basket.
  • thenit says 1 YEAR ago Well Morris and 2pat just got traded so know we have D-Mo and Jones getting more minutes
  • thejohnnygold says 1 YEAR ago I think patience is key here. Surely we aren't the only ones thinking about this...some people actually get paid to obsess over this stuff ^_^

    Long-term, we know Delfino is not staying around. He brings 3 pt. shooting, but has tendonitis and an un-guaranteed $3M contract next year. I believe the Rox let him walk, or trade him this summer. Morris can slide into the 3 still and I like that move (barring an acquisition that fills that vacancy). In the open PF spot we either bring in D-Mo/T-Jones and or a free agent (Millsap? Smith?). Aldrich goes bye-bye this year too. D-Mo can take that spot as well. Greg Smith may wind up the odd man out; although, I think the rox retain him in the d-league at least for a while longer. Either way, we don't have to do anything and have the room to bring these guys up and let them shine or fizzle and move on from there.

    We also have the luxury of no draft picks this year. We don't have to make room for anybody. We can continue developing the kids we've got. Let's all take a deeeeeeep breath and enjoy the "problems" we've got.
  • phaketrash says 1 YEAR ago

    rockets best fan, on 20 February 2013 - 20:13 PM said:


    this is my fear for us right now. we have so much youth it's hard to see it all. I don't want to give them away without seeing them. I read an artical yesterday that the rockets will trade t jone for a first rounder. I hope that's just rumor. this kid can flat out play. if we give him away we better be getting something good......real good. he has the type of talent that can come back to haunt us. he may not be a star, but he is going to be an above average player at worse. that's partly why I say wait till the end of the year and improve through FA.


    But a lot of times, that is just hindsight bias. Where a player goes off and does great elsewhere. ex: JLin. Linsanity would never have happened if he was not cut from HOU. He would have barely saw minutes and played like he did at GS most likely. Knicks needed him and the opportunity arose. We have so many young assets that we just don't have the ROOM to play them. Is it a risk to cut some now on limited views of how they work? Sure, but the NBA (and sports in general) is always about risks and taking chances. I can't imagine perfect scenarios, or ones where a team didn't take a gamble. All teams that won prob had to take some gambles along the way; for some it worked out, for others it didn't. I just hope we're in the former group, and trust Morey/the FO to make the right calls.

    I'd rather cut TJones than DMo, and I do think we will need to cut one of them, just the way our team is structured now. Would I prefer to move MM first and give those 2 more minutes? Sure, but if there's no market for MM but one for TJones, have to be opportunistic. Like moving Lowry for Toronto's pick, that ended up netting us Harden. You could argue that at the time it wasn't worth it, but if it was a crucial piece to getting Harden, I do that deal 10 times out of 10. With the league valuing picks so highly, maybe the make-it-or-break it piece in landing a future superstar in a deal is w/ this 1st round middling pick, then 10 times out of 10 I do that deal, even if TJones becomes a good (albeit not STAR) player. Maybe it won't work out, but maybe it will -- either way, have to take gambles!
  • rockets best fan says 1 YEAR ago

    thejohnnygold, on 20 February 2013 - 20:03 PM said:


    Many a player has been drafted and let go by their original team and gone on to be very successful. Chauncey Billups for one. Just sayin...
    this is my fear for us right now. we have so much youth it's hard to see it all. I don't want to give them away without seeing them. I read an artical yesterday that the rockets will trade t jone for a first rounder. I hope that's just rumor. this kid can flat out play. if we give him away we better be getting something good......real good. he has the type of talent that can come back to haunt us. he may not be a star, but he is going to be an above average player at worse. that's partly why I say wait till the end of the year and improve through FA.
  • thejohnnygold says 1 YEAR ago Many a player has been drafted and let go by their original team and gone on to be very successful. Chauncey Billups for one. Just sayin...
  • Ostrow says 1 YEAR ago There is no question that we overvalue our young guy. I like them. They've showed signs, but showing signs doesn't mean anything. If you watched highlights of Anthony Randolph, for example, you would think he is going to be a superstar. He certainly is not. This isn't to say that the guys we have won't become stars. Remember for the past few years we were trying to do anything to get a star? It is highly unlikely that we happen to have multiple on the roster already who aren't paying. Possible, but unlikely.
  • phaketrash says 1 YEAR ago

    rockets best fan, on 20 February 2013 - 01:10 AM said:


    we did darft him, but it's not important whether we drafted him or not my point being morey makes better draft picks than most so his picks deserve to be valued a little higher


    Just ironic since that example is a situation where HOU, if we kept that pick, would not have picked up Rudy Gay :P That being said, I agree with your ultimate sentiment -- Morey is much better than average at drafting, though I don't think I necessarily disagreed with that at any point. I just said we tend to overvalue our young assets a bit, and the league in general seems to overvalue picks lol.
  • rockets best fan says 1 YEAR ago we did darft him, but it's not important whether we drafted him or not my point being morey makes better draft picks than most so his picks deserve to be valued a little higher
  • phaketrash says 1 YEAR ago

    thejohnnygold, on 20 February 2013 - 00:22 AM said:


    We did draft Rudy Gay. Here is the link. Now, it may be that we drafted him on behalf of Memphis and then traded him for Battier--not sure about that.


    Hmm, BimaThug was very clear on how we would have taken someone else, i.e., so if we did draft it him, it was at MEM's behest. In other words, we had someone else we would have taken had we kept the pick. It's in that live feed he had last week that was rather informative. Can't find the link to it at the moment though, but yes, sorry that was my mistake if we had not traded the rights but drafted for them then moved Gay.
  • thejohnnygold says 1 YEAR ago

    phaketrash, on 19 February 2013 - 23:32 PM said:


    @rbf:

    note: we never drafted Rudy Gay -- we traded the rights to the pick away and never planned on drafting him. So technically not our drafting prowess being missed out there haha.


    We did draft Rudy Gay. Here is the link. Now, it may be that we drafted him on behalf of Memphis and then traded him for Battier--not sure about that.
  • thejohnnygold says 1 YEAR ago If Patterson brings us a top tier player then so be it--it has to be done. For me, Morris has proven inconsistent on both ends. I like his ability to play SF and would ultimately like to see him there instead of PF. That was the original plan. Perhaps we ship out Delfino, move MM to SF and bring one of D-Mo/Jones into the fold next season. While Delfino's shooting has been nice at times I don't feel like he has any permanence with this team. I don't think it would be tough to move him for a second round pick.
  • blakecouey says 1 YEAR ago

    Steven, on 19 February 2013 - 02:34 AM said:


    I do. Had some relatives who lived off 1097.

    Alituro, on 19 February 2013 - 16:51 PM said:


    Howdy Neighbor! Honea-Egypt resident here!

    Oh wow, small world!
  • phaketrash says 1 YEAR ago @rbf:

    I agree with you that Morey has a nose for drafting. I really like most of his picks, and I feel more comfortable with him drafting for us than almost any other GM. That being said, he's missed out on other gems too.For example, MM's yr. MM is doing aight this yr, better than what we thought he could provide given last yr's "experiment" with him. Yet right behind him was Kawhi Leonard, and then Kenneth Faried at 22. But of course, we can't expect him to always make THE best move in retrospect. Again, I like Morey's drafting abilities. My comment was about the league/fans overvaluing draft picks in general, imo, not necessarily what WE could do with a draft pick. I'd love getting picks, depending on what we're giving up. Just saying, young assets (and sometimes picks) are often seen as giving up the moon. I remember people were crying foul about the Harden trade because of the toronto pick (in a weak draft) and Jeremy Lamb's potential lol. Sorry, give me Harden's proven worth over potential any day.

    note: we never drafted Rudy Gay -- we traded the rights to the pick away and never planned on drafting him. So technically not our drafting prowess being missed out there haha.

    random note: I do think that 2nd round draft picks are undervaled, and Morey really shines there as well.
  • rockets best fan says 1 YEAR ago phaketrash:
    we usually agree on stuff also, but differ in this area( I may sometimes overvalue our younger players) :rolleyes: we have had a few very good drafts in a row. I know many out there hated we keep drafting at 14 as I did, but very few players that have been drafted below our players have been as good as our players. morey has a good eye for talent. in the draft most GMs hope to get lucky. morey has proven he can do something with almost nothing. even if these players just turn out to be solid we are having more sucess in the draft than most teams with higher picks. our last few drafts include ppat,parsons,mm,d-mo,t jones,lamb and white. we already found a gem in parsons. ppat and mm are starting to shine and we still have good young talent with even higher ceilings that we haven't even seen yet. so yeah I like these last few drafts and don't want to just cast these players off without giving them a chance to play here first. remember rudy gay, batum. they both could have been here. we drafted them. morey is a better evaluator of talent than most GMs. sure their are a few on level with him, but he gets max bang for the buck on draft picks(IMO).
  • phaketrash says 1 YEAR ago I'm risk averse so I tend to devalue potential and picks haha. I loved Harden from day 1 because of how already played and how he already contributed than how Harden would be 3 yrs from now. More his immediate results. I think 2Pat is a good starter for this team for now, mostly because of his efficiency, as JG mentioned, and his defense. I do think he will still eventually be traded though because, probably, between DMo and TJones, one of them has a higher ceiling :P But I think 2Pat is only given up in a trade for a significant piece -- not used to get a low pick or a small deal like a rental (unless that rental is Howard or the like; read: not Josh Smith rental).

    MM for me is more immediate trade bait. He isn't as crucial a piece, imo, and between TJones and DMo, very good chance one of them is gone a yr from now.
  • rockets best fan says 1 YEAR ago now see ........with that last statement we got back on the same page :lol: I too just want the rockets to keep the right ones. as for d-mo and t jones......I think we have not seen them very much because the rockets want to groom them properly. this year they will spend learning what it is to be an nba player, work on their games and learn the rockets defensive schemes much like mm did last year. the rockets were in a position where they had time to do this because we already had players at that position who would have their chance this year. neither of those players ie ppat and mm blew us away. while both have been solid in parts of this season......neither is the answer we are looking for. when training camp comes around t jones and d-mo will be given a chance to earn minutes. we may keep 1 of the 2 of mm or ppat, but not both. we will probably keep mm because he can play SF in a pinch and ppat is worth more in trades. I believe this is what morey is thinking right now.don't get me wrong I like ppat, but he appears to be the odd man out right now.
  • thejohnnygold says 1 YEAR ago So you want to move forward with D-Mo and T-Jones? I get that, but somebody has to play a little defense and isn't that what's keeping them off the court? Patterson's per 36 numbers are legit and he plays D and is a good locker room guy. I agree, he is ultimately the back-up....and I want him to be our back-up.

    Talent and talent realized are two different things. There have been more talented players through NBA doors than anyone can count....It's the total package I'm looking for....Personally, I think it's D-Mo who ultimately takes the starter spot and PPat backs him up. D-Mo just appears to be crazy good on offense--good enough that his defense won't even matter.

    All that being said, I will be happy as long as the Rox evaluate properly and keep the right guys....whoever it ends up being.
  • rockets best fan says 1 YEAR ago

    thejohnnygold, on 19 February 2013 - 16:02 PM said:


    Gentlemen, I refer you back to the "LOVE FOR PPAT THREAD".

    Remember, statistically, only Duncan and Love were superior and Ryan Anderson was pretty much equal. If you are the third best PF in the league based on efficiency on a team that values efficiency I'd say your job is safe. Personally, I keep relating him to Kurt Thomas, but with much better offensive abilities. BTW, Kurt Thomas is still in the league after all these years. Patterson is in his third year....He will still get better and I'd lay money that his shortcomings from the top-of the key will be corrected by next season. If we trade him it will be our loss.
    I usually agree with you on most stuff, but we differ here. ppat is a backup at best........a good backup but a backup never the less. the players behind him have very high ceilings. higher than his. he won't loose time because of his inability to play. it will be because the players behind him have more talent. he will be an valued asset because of the statistics you mentioned. he will bring a nice price on the trade block. having a logjam at PF means not all of these players will be here long term. that's just fact. we want the pick of the litter, but won't be able to keep them all. ppat is a good player caught in a numbers game. that's why he will be traded. I like ppat, but not more than the players behind him.
  • Alituro says 1 YEAR ago

    blakecouey, on 19 February 2013 - 00:23 AM said:


    Outskirts. Off Keenan Cutoff if you know the area.


    Howdy Neighbor! Honea-Egypt resident here!
  • thejohnnygold says 1 YEAR ago Gentlemen, I refer you back to the "LOVE FOR PPAT THREAD".

    Remember, statistically, only Duncan and Love were superior and Ryan Anderson was pretty much equal. If you are the third best PF in the league based on efficiency on a team that values efficiency I'd say your job is safe. Personally, I keep relating him to Kurt Thomas, but with much better offensive abilities. BTW, Kurt Thomas is still in the league after all these years. Patterson is in his third year....He will still get better and I'd lay money that his shortcomings from the top-of the key will be corrected by next season. If we trade him it will be our loss.
  • rockets best fan says 1 YEAR ago

    timetodienow1234567, on 19 February 2013 - 03:13 AM said:


    If we still have TJones next year, I think he's the new starter. He's pretty good and will only get better if he keeps working.
    I agree. just because we have not seen much of jones doesn't mean he can't play. chron had an artical a couple of weeks ago about how jones wanted to stay in the d-league because it was better to play than ride the pine even if in the d-league. I don't see t jones or d-mo as trade bait. I see more like ppat and mm as trade bait because they have establish value in the league. (IMO) neither has establish a hold on the PF spot, but both have shown they can play backup minutes effectively. either d-mo or jones will take over starters minutes next year with the other getting the lions share of the backup minutes. both have higher ceilings than ppat or mm. maybe we keep mm because he can get a few minutes at SF behind parsons in certain matchups. however ppat is toast. this was his year to grab the reins of PF and he did not show enough to warrent holding the others back. I don;t think mc hale will change the lineup this year because he doesn't want to risk distrubing the chemistry, but by next year that will no longer be enough to keep d-mo or t jones out of the lineup.
  • timetodienow1234567 says 1 YEAR ago If we still have TJones next year, I think he's the new starter. He's pretty good and will only get better if he keeps working.
  • thejohnnygold says 1 YEAR ago I think Patterson is developing into a keeper....the guy does it all, works hard, and never complains. Assuming one day D-mo takes over the starting spot he will be an excellent back-up. I think t-jones has to end up as trade bait....his potential will loosen other GM's wallets.
  • Steven says 1 YEAR ago

    blakecouey, on 19 February 2013 - 00:23 AM said:



    Outskirts. Off Keenan Cutoff if you know the area.


    I do. Had some relatives who lived off 1097.
  • blakecouey says 1 YEAR ago

    Steven, on 18 February 2013 - 02:12 AM said:


    In Montgomery or the outskirts of Montgomery?

    Outskirts. Off Keenan Cutoff if you know the area.
  • rockets best fan says 1 YEAR ago don't forget t jones....he has been lighting up the d-league. as for as I can see the addition of howard would make d-mo, t jones, m morris, p pat, asik and g smith the players we get to choose from when I say pick of the litter. we can keep the best of them only trading the ones who are unable to fit what we need. my favorite 3 are d-mo, t jones and asik. I would like to keep them. the others would bring a nice package of draft picks or pieces to put around howard and hardin. that is the perfect plan for the rockets (IMO)
  • Cooper says 1 YEAR ago Also even without our first morey has had succes in the second round and les doesn't mind buying an extra one from other teams.
  • thejohnnygold says 1 YEAR ago Assuming we make the playoffs we won't have a pick in this year's draft (barring a trade). I am ok with that as we have plenty of young talent to develop. Anderson has potential to become our J.R. Smith. D-Mo is on schedule. Who knows where we'll be with Royce???? Greg Smith will probably get a crash course in defense this off-season. If...IF all of this happens we will have a solid roster top to bottom. I know our PG position is in question, but they are both so young....I like the potential of both Lin and Beverley to mature into that position....they don't need to be great...just good.
  • phaketrash says 1 YEAR ago No joke. If D12 doesn't come, we're still okay, but if he does o.O We would only lose Delfino, Douglas and Aldrich from the current roster. We would keep White, Jones, and DMo, along w/ our starting 5, and Morris, PBev and Anderson. Is it just me or is that not awesome? lol I rarely see a team that is a championship contender AND has a young group of assets they could be developing for a trade/future growth (OKC doesn't count since the reason they were a contender and their young assets were one and the same lol).
  • rockets best fan says 1 YEAR ago true I still like our team without him, but that's the fast track to a championship. that would give us 2 of the top 15 players in the league. we could make some serious noise. also with morey able to keep the pick of the litter and trade away the remaining assets for pieces to fit around hardin and howard........ we would be in the drivers seat.
  • thejohnnygold says 1 YEAR ago Yeah, the beauty of all this is I won't really mind if he decides not to come. I like our team without him and think we will still be able to contend in the near future. Right now it's win-win!!!
  • rockets best fan says 1 YEAR ago :lol: that's a good one. I for one would love to see this happen. I believe howard will return to the D-12 monster of old next year. if that happen while with the rockets we could be talking contender talk next year. aquiring howard without having to give away any of our top assets could be considered nothing short of cornering the market. we would be in great shape cap wise, have a budding young contending team and have our stars locked up for 4+ years. that sounds pretty good to me.
  • thejohnnygold says 1 YEAR ago Looks good Dwight....looks good...


    Sorry Andrew...Red's not your color...

  • Alituro says 1 YEAR ago The Royalton at 3333 Allen Pkwy, just outside River Oaks is the place to be. Had a friend that lived there and upon visiting him (this was several years back) I've run into Bobby Sura, and Seth Payne. T-mac and Deke also lived there. Sweet locale, easy to the TC, easy to the Galleria and easy to the clubs. The windows in the units facing downtown are 14' high and 50' long, looking out is pretty sweet, storms rolling in, and traffic copters whirling round..
  • phaketrash says 1 YEAR ago

    blakecouey, on 18 February 2013 - 01:39 AM said:


    I live in Montgomery, and I'm at TC for most home games this year. I work just north of the loop, too.


    That sounds like a really long drive :P
  • Steven says 1 YEAR ago

    blakecouey, on 18 February 2013 - 01:39 AM said:



    I live in Montgomery, and I'm at TC for most home games this year. I work just north of the loop, too.


    In Montgomery or the outskirts of Montgomery?
  • blakecouey says 1 YEAR ago

    phaketrash, on 17 February 2013 - 01:53 AM said:


    Absurd JG, everyone knows you don't live in Sugar Land if you plan on driving to the Toyota Center often :P Might as well live in Dallas (i.e., the Woodlands).

    I live in Montgomery, and I'm at TC for most home games this year. I work just north of the loop, too.
  • Steven says 1 YEAR ago

    phaketrash, on 17 February 2013 - 20:11 PM said:


    D12 could do River Oaks, but that's too old money for him. He's hip and young -- West U is where it's at :P/> As long as it isn't the Mosaic (silly Lin...)


    Montross. D12 should live on Montross.
  • phaketrash says 1 YEAR ago D12 could do River Oaks, but that's too old money for him. He's hip and young -- West U is where it's at :P As long as it isn't the Mosaic (silly Lin...)
  • thejohnnygold says 1 YEAR ago Fine, River Oaks then?.......
  • phaketrash says 1 YEAR ago Absurd JG, everyone knows you don't live in Sugar Land if you plan on driving to the Toyota Center often :P Might as well live in Dallas (i.e., the Woodlands).
  • ale11 says 1 YEAR ago I didn't want Dwight during the offseason, I even preferred to land Bynum (terribly wrong idea), but I've come to accept the idea of landing him. Also, johnnygold has made pretty cool arguments about our offensive approach having this "twin towers" remake. So....let's root for Harden to convince him :D
  • thejohnnygold says 1 YEAR ago I certainly hope Harden and co. are showing him all the best parts of Houston this weekend....maybe even do a little house shopping down in Sugarland.