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Chandler Parsons says credit him for Dwight Howard picking Houston

Jul 24, 2013, 3:19 PM EDT

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We told you during the Dwight Howard period of indecision (well, the most recent one) that Chandler Parsons was going full on college recruiting on Dwight.

It worked.

And Parsons would like a little credit for that.

Speaking with Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports Parsons laid out what he did to recruit Howard — and it was a smart strategy.

“I think I had a big impact,” Parsons said at USA Basketball’s mini-camp. “The first thing he said at the press conference was that, ‘You guys should thank Chandler Parsons because he is a big reason why I am here.’…

“I was just that guy trying to make him feel as comfortable as possible. We have very similar personalities. We are both outgoing. We’re always smiling. We like to have fun. I made him really comfortable that he was not only coming to a really good team, but a team with his friends on it.”

Howard wants — really needs — to have fun playing. You could tell by his body language that the combination of injuries, expectations and offense in Los Angeles sucked the fun out of it for him. His effort and body language showed it. Selling Houston as an idealized college atmosphere is brilliant.

Calculated ploy or not, Parsons’ pitch hit home.

The question with Howard is how he reacts when adversity hits. And it will hit, it does to everyone. Maybe it’s nagging injuries, maybe it’s coach Kevin McHale asking him to run a lot more pick-and-roll (which he pushed back against in Los Angeles), maybe it’s a lot of things. How does he respond? Because the results of Howard vs. Adversity the last couple years went about as well as “The Lone Ranger” on its second weekend of release.

We’ll see, but the Rockets got the big prize this summer and get to be mentioned with the contenders now. Chandler Parsons deserves a lot of credit for that.

  1. losanginsight - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    They are are going to have a great fun of a time in Houston. I sure the fans,players and coaches will have huge smiles on there faces watching D12 turn the ball over in the post and missing free throws. Sounds like a blast! Have fun :)

  2. dirtydavis - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    All the credit should go to Mike D’antoni and Jim Buss

    • antistratfordian - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      You mean Kobe Bryant.

      • dirtydavis - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        Naw, Kobe and Nash are not in charge of personnel moves. It was obvious that D12 did not want to play for D’antoni ( he made it loud and clear that he wanted Phil). All the credit should go to Jimmy and Mike

      • antistratfordian - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        It had nothing to do with personnel moves. It had to do with Kobe.

        First of all, Kobe is the guy who wanted Mike D’Antoni… D’Antoni was his first choice. Dwight wanted Phil Jackson.

        Secondly, Kobe said he wanted to play 3-4 more years and Dwight is not about to be anybody’s sidekick for 3 years.

        And lastly, Kobe is a ball hog. He is so much of a ball hog that on a team with Steve Nash he thought it was best if HE ran the point and Steve Nash play SG. Yes, that happened.

      • dirtydavis - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:35 PM


        “First of all, Kobe is the guy who wanted Mike D’Antoni… D’Antoni was his first choice. Dwight wanted Phil Jackson.”

        Show me a link where Kobe wanted Mike over Phil.

        So what if Kobe said he wanted to play 2-3 years more. If the man can perform in a high level I don’t see why should he step down.

        The way I see it… Howard came in with a mindset of ” what can this team do for me, rather than ” what can I do for the team”

        Yea yea yea Kobe is a ballhog, He has been a ball hog his entire career. So what!!! Shaq still got his numbers, P. Gasol still got his numbers. Kobe ran the point because Nash was out, also Kobe almost average a triple double while playing the point.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        “Dwight is not about to be anybody’s sidekick for 3 years.”

        That’s why he signed on to be Harden’s sidekick for 4 years.

      • fanofevilempire - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:45 PM

        goodbye D-12, Houston you have a problem.
        how many chips does D-12 have, let me count, ah zero!

      • antistratfordian - Jul 24, 2013 at 5:38 PM

        Harden is not nearly as big a star as Dwight. Not even close.

        Howard knows that.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 24, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        “Yea yea yea Kobe is a ballhog, He has been a ball hog his entire career. So what!!! Shaq still got his numbers, P. Gasol still got his numbers. Kobe ran the point because Nash was out, also Kobe almost average a triple double while playing the point.”

        1) Kobe wasn’t the #1 option when he played with Shaq – he was Shaq’s sidekick – so he couldn’t ball hog then like he really, really yearned to.

        2) Pau Gasol still complains about the lack of ball movement and touches even today.

        3) Kobe kept playing point even after Nash came back. Kobe was afraid that if Nash ran the point that his touches would be reduced so he wouldn’t let Nash run the offense.

      • dirtydavis - Jul 24, 2013 at 7:16 PM

        @ Anti

        “Kobe wasn’t the #1 option when he played with Shaq – he was Shaq’s sidekick – so he couldn’t ball hog then like he really, really yearned to”

        Kobe was a ballhog during the 3peat. Kobe (20 fg attempts) had more attempts than Shaq (19fg attempts) during that span. When was the last time a sidekick average 25pts during their championship run?

        Pau Gasol 2nd most field goal attempts in his career were with the lakers

        In regards to your Nash and Kobe matter that is pretty much your opinion. You have no facts to back it up

      • money2long - Jul 24, 2013 at 7:22 PM

        do we forget kobe also “wanted” brian shaw? it’s clear lakers managements moves to the beat of their own drum. the things youre saying of kobe and his first choice blah blah blah…jim buss does what he wants.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:37 PM

        Personalities do play a part in it too…

        We are all human, including the ballplayers.

        None of us are friends with everyone and we don’t like certain neighbors and people we work with either.

        Kobe and Dwight are very different people with very different make ups as far as their personalities are concerned.

        Rarely, but sometimes, it it every just ONE thing.

        Usually it’s many things and while one thing might be say 40 or 50% of a reason to leave, there are other things that contribute to it too.

        Was Kobe the ONLY reason Dwight left? No. What he a reason or a good percentage of the reason? Yes.

    • zxrated - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      I hate to bust your Jimmy/D’Antoni hater bubble, Howard absolutely loathed playing with Kobe. I know this first hand from a source that hangs with Howard personally.

      • dirtydavis - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:36 PM

        Yea, and David Stern is my uncle

      • zxrated - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        Child please!

        We saw my claim play out throughout the season. The team meeting in Memphis was proof. Metta confirmed it also.

      • damnednearnaked - Jul 24, 2013 at 5:35 PM

        I don’t think you understand what “first hand” means…

      • dirtydavis - Jul 24, 2013 at 7:25 PM

        Fool! don’t act like you know someone who knows D12. This ain’t twitter….. Any who I know someone who works with someone who works at a bar who is acquaintance to someone who knows Nate Robinson best friend.

      • zxrated - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:05 PM

        I really don’t care if you believe me or not! The fact of the matter is that what I said via what was told to me actually played out in real life. Everyone saw it, participants confirmed it but you come on a blog trying to say different.

  3. kevinravens1 - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    So what, thats 2 of the best centers ever to play the game that kobe got rid of? (Shaq, Dwight)

    • dirtydavis - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      D12 best center to ever play??? LOL!!! If D12 is one of the best centers to ever play, might as well throw in V. Divac, Kobe and the Lakers did get rid of Divac.

      I can name 10-15(maybe 20) all time centers better than D12

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      Dwight is a very good player. One of the best ever? Debatable. Some of the players who he is most similar to career wise- Zelmo Beaty, Dan Issel and Ed Macauley. Good players but not among the best ever.

  4. nightrain42 - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Why r we talking about this guy still? I agree with Shaq, he cldnt handle the LA pressure. He wanted to coddled? Wtf? Play ball and dominate, win something, then the fans will love you unconditionally. Shaq left cuz Dr Buss was only going to give one max contract, given Kobe’s age and conditioning, it was a no brainer to keep him over Shaq. Stop blaming him for everything.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 24, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      Pressure will follow Dwight wherever he goes. He can’t run from it at this point, and he knows that.

  5. losanginsight - Jul 24, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Everyone will be having fun watching D12 turn over the ball in the post and missing freethrows.

  6. kb2408 - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    It amazes me that 17 years into one of the most illustrious careers any player has ever had and Kobe is still being scrutinized. I’m just glad the people that really matter (current players, former players, NBA historians, writers, etc.) appreciate the greatness that he has displayed for almost two decades. Kobe didn’t run away Shaq. The LAKERS were smart for not re-signing Shaq. They chose a 24 yer old superstar in waiting over an overweight, fading Shaq. It was a no brainer and proved to be the wise decision. Kobe took the franchise from Shaq based on his play, which is something Dwight was never going to do simply because he wasn’t capable of it. When Dwight retires he will not even be considered one of the 100 greatest players. I can name 20 centers who were better than Dwight right off the top of my head. Kobe already ranks as one of the ten greatest players ever. I still say the LAKERS are better off with Dwight gone. The LAKERS might struggle for 2-3 seasons as a result of him going to Houston but it’s unlikely that he would’ve led us to a title anyway. Everybody wants to act like Dwight was so likable and such a great teammate, but they forget the things his former teammates in Orlando said about him. Or they forget how he got a very good coach fired. Only to turn around and leave the franchise anyway. Regardless of what you Kobe haters say, you can’t change history. Whether he ever wins another game, scores another point or helps the LAKERS hang another banner…he is already regarded by most as one of the top 10 players to ever play the game, the second greatest shooting guard ever and a five time champion.

  7. tombstone7 - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    When Dwight Howard fails to take Houston to the next level, the credit should go to Parsons as well.

  8. alqj24 - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    Has anyone thought that Kobe “drove out” Dwight since he realized that Dwight just wasn’t fit to be the next face of the franchise? That’s why he said all the wrong things to push him away from LA? Just an idea I had pondered.

    In regards to Kobe taking over the offense… He had to with Nash being out. Once he came back, you could still tell that Nash wasn’t fully healthy enough to run the offense. It wasn’t working since Nash wasn’t healthy and Dwight didn’t like that offense. Also, based on the lack of shooters on the Lakers squad, Nash was better served as spacing for the big men in that hybrid offense they came up with.

    Finally, considering the fact that a player like Kobe(or LeBron, Durant, etc) need the ball in their hands, it isn’t a surprise they take the most shots. Yes I acknowledge there are too many instances where KB forces things, but it’s a give/take thing.

  9. sackings916 - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Are you serious Chandler!? No offense dude but you would be the last factor in his decision. It’s Harden and getting out of LA because he couldn’t handle the pressure there that made him easily choose the Rockets. You’re just a nice piece of the puzzle for him is all.

  10. lakerssth - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    LMAO @ Chandler Parsons the scrub, Lakers are better off without Coward

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