Farewell, Dwight Howard

The Dwight Howard era in Houston has ended.  A marriage that began with so much hope and promise dwindled away towards Friday evening’s almost anticlimactic divorce.  In three seasons with the Rockets, Howard appeared in 183 games, averaging 16 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 1.5 blocked shots per game, shooting 60% overall from the floor.  In the playoffs, those averages increased to 17.9 points, 13.9 rebounds, and 2.3 blocked shots per game.

This ending has seemed inevitable for some time.  As I’ve been writing for some months now, from a basketball standpoint, it was time to move onthe fit was just not right.  But for everything to have deteriorated so quickly still is quite the shock.  I theorized just last summer, looking ahead to today, that the challenge in this present moment would not pertain to the question of whether Houston was better with Howard, but whether they could stomach the number of years on the deal it would take to bring him back for the one or two remaining superstar years they still would need from him to contend.  That ended up not even being a decision that needed to be made.

[read more…]






in essays

If you aren’t following me already on Twitter, why not?  Everything here will have already been said on there, but in short and sweet bursts of 140-character goodness, and in real-time, as the thoughts arrive into my head.  I don’t even know why I’m writing this now except that we are closing in on the biggest time window in the NBA season, and the Houston Rockets have a bag of $46 million to hand over to someone, and it doesn’t quite seem clear if anyone is willing to take it.

We learned this afternoon that they have secured a meeting tomorrow with forward Al Horford, and just moments ago that they might not yet be completely out of the picture on guard Mike Conley.  Stepping back, examining the ensuing celebration, (of which I was a large part of), its saddening that victory this year represents just even getting a face to face.  Oh Houston, how low we have fallen.

[read more…]






in musings

Despite earlier reports that they weren’t at all even in the running, a recent Y! report listed Houston as one of several hopefuls who could still potentially get a meeting with Durant.  And James Harden says he’ll be trying.  So who knows at this point?  I still think while they didn’t break the top tier of meetings (Golden State and San Antonio), Durant gives the Rockets a chance to make their pitch, just as a token to James Harden.  One could argue Durant would let Harden know if his team were completely out of the running, just so that they don’t sit around wasting valuable time.

[read more…]






in essays

Follow Red94 for occasional rants, musings, and all new post updates