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Chandler Parsons went Nick Saban to help recruit Dwight Howard to Houston

Jul 6, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

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Rockets fans, you can thank Chandler Parsons.

Well, it was certainly a lot more than that which helped Dwight Howard decide to land with the Rockets. Daryl Morey’s smart handling of assets and cap space played a big role, as did the acquisition of James Harden. Having Hakeem Olajuwon and Yao Ming in on the pitch didn’t hurt.

But consider Parsons the ground forces that crossed the border just before the invasion and provided support for everything that was to come. A story at Forbes Magazine (yes Forbes, Howard’s move is big business) explains everything.

“Chandler was relentless,” explained a source close to the situation to FORBES. ”[Chandler] called and texted [Dwight] every day, even face-timed and would answer every question Dwight could potentially have. We would drive to his house in the hills and talk to him. Basically Chandler Parsons recruited him like Nick Saban and a 5-star defensive tackle; they hardly knew each other at beginning of process.”

Dwight Howard jumped straight from high school to the NBA, he didn’t really undergo the college recruiting process, where every top coach in the nation would have essentially kissed his behind to get Howard to come to their university. Players such as him (and LeBron James, and others) who didn’t have that experience seem to want to savor the process.

We all want to be wanted, to be needed, and told such. Chandler Parsons did just that — he made Howard feel wanted in way he never did that full season on Los Angeles. It worked.

It worked out for everyone Howard is a Rocket and Parsons is going to get a nice pay bump off his rookie deal as a key cog in a contending team.

  1. saint1997 - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Did he actually go to Saban? That headline is misleading…

    • lawrinson20 - Jul 6, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      Unless the headline was edited after your post….
      • it says ‘Parsons went Saban,’ not that he went TO Saban.
      • This is like saying an agent ‘went rogue,’ which does not mean he went to a place called “Rogue.”

      Still — you’re right. It’s not a well-written headline, and Saban didn’t invent recruiting, and Parsons didn’t play for Saban, and Parsons didn’t even play football, so the connection is rather silly….

      • saint1997 - Jul 6, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        yeh thanks – and the headline was edited

  2. klownboy - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    No wonder Houston was able to land Howard. Go Saban lol! Seriously, this should be a good fit for both parties. At least Howard wanted to be in Houston over LA.

  3. spideysdog - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:54 PM


    if you passed 3rd grade, there is nothing misleading about the headline. it doesn’t say he went “to” it says he “went”. implying he did a nick saban imitation.

    troll elsewhere.

  4. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 6, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    I was a Rockets fan… guess I have Chandler Parsons to thank for ruining a good thing. Houston, we have a Dwightmare.

    • badintent - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:58 AM

      Knick fan, but I think it will be all good. Howard learns drop step from the best in the history of the game and learns to be an adult. Finally. Lin and Harden throw him lots of easy alley oop dunks and Howard sets monster screens for Parsons to hit wide open threes. Howard will cover Lin’s defense’s mistakes and if Dallas upgrades , Texas will have it’s Texas Triangle back.3 great teams at the same time.Be fun for all hoop fans.

      • spursareold - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:53 AM

        Howard is a paycheck collector. If he wanted to learn a drop step, he would have done so by now.

      • badintent - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:45 PM

        You can teach an old dog new tricks , But you gotta wash all the fleas off first.

  5. soupasteve84 - Jul 6, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Asik for Ryan andesron is next.. its a better fit for the rockets than josh smith shooting 300 three pointers.. I mean 230

  6. readysethike - Jul 6, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Chandler also said he would help baby sit Dwights 5 kids

    • patfic15 - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      Shhh….We’re not supposed to know that. Howard was Tebow-esque prior to the draft at the beginning of his career. What a fraud!

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      Oh thank you for that. Now I know he has five baby mamas and sued an ex girlfriend for $550 million for talking about him.

  7. barkley4life - Jul 6, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Because Parsons knows he will go bananas at stretch 4 with Howard at the 5….smart man

  8. jhb64 - Jul 6, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Dwight Howard will be a bust.he can’t help himself selfish player only cares about himself.

  9. drew88mm - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Chandler is from Orlando so I’m sure he used that common variable to help initiate talks with Dwight or maybe he’s just gonna help baby sit Howard’s 8 kids.

  10. tigers182 - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Nick Saban recruited Dwight Howard to Houston. Then he recruited him to LA. Then Golden State. Then Dallas. Then the Dolphins, I mean Atlanta . . . .

  11. 407magic - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Chandler is from casselberry/central Florida and grew up a magic and Dwight fan. He is a lake Howell high alum. Go silverhawks!
    I use to cheer for chandler and the rockets since we are HS alums but since I dislike dwight for lying to “his city” and all of central Florida I’m in a tough spot.

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