Dwight Howard has announced that he will not resign with the L.A. Lakers, and will sign with the Houston Rockets.
While there has been speculation as to why Howard is leaving, ESPN has reported via twitter:
I think that Nash’s age is a legitimate concern for a player in their prime to consider and be worried about prior to signing a long-term deal. I also agree that D’antoni’s system is a terrible fit for Howard, as he is a post move player, which works against the fast-paced tempo of the D’antoni system.
While wanting to be the face of a team is understandable, that statement “does not want to be Kobe’s side-kick” is an atestment to his character. If you look at all of the superstars who have paired up, Lebron, D-Wade, Bosh or Allen, Garnett, Pierce, they all had to make sacrifices in order to win. That sort of statement comes off as not willing to compromise and buy into the team first attitude that is necessary in order to win a NBA championship.
While it is difficult to know exactly what he said, especially since this statement is likely out-of-context, based on his prior character issues it seems plausible that it came directly from Howard.
Another issue that I see, or perhaps the cause of the previous quote, during a last-ditch effort to convince Howard to stay, Kobe told him “You need to learn how it’s done first, and I can teach you here.”
I agree with that statement 100%. There is nothing wrong from a logical perspective, but from a sales view point, it is a bad move. Howard’s ego got in the way of understanding Bryant, who is one of the greatest players of all-time. Predictably so, Chris Broussard tweeted:
Personally, I am not a fan of Howard, but I respect his talent. The only thing I like about Howard is that he draws scrutiny away from my man Carmelo Anthony in that they both have not won championships, but Howard is a media lightening rod.
The pairing of James Harden and Dwight Howard along with Chandler Parsons should get Houston Rockets fans very, very excited.