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What Dwight Howard brings to Rockets (VIDEO)

Jul 29, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

The Rockets won the big prize of the off-season… so what exactly did they win.

Coach Nick of BBallBreakdown does great work (like this video on Brandon Jennings) and he turned his lens toward Dwight Howard. He talks about things we have here — this move makes the Rockets much better defensively, he’s an upgrade in the post, and they Rockets should have a killer pick-and-roll.

What he brushes over is coach Kevin McHale’s biggest problem — Howard pushed back against playing the pick-and-roll for Mike D’Antoni in Los Angeles. If he does that in Houston he hurts the team and the Rockets’ chance at contending. We will see if everything he went through the last couple seasons matured Howard or not.

  1. davidly - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Had he been completely healthy going in, I think Howard would have been more receptive to the pick-and-roll. But when you combine his returning early from a surgery he understandably could have taken a couple more months to rehab with the fact that there was such an abrupt coaching change almost right away, already with the unusual roles in the makeup of that team, it would certainly raise a lot of questions and concerns requiring more than just minor adjustments.

    I think he just wanted a stable plan going forward, which he did not end up getting in LA. Houston, I don’t think we have a problem.

  2. jruc - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Funny, I thought this would be a video of him walking up the court and air balling free throws…

  3. loungefly74 - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    i see Houston inheriting a lot of problems with Dwight. His mental approach to the game sucks…plain n simple. I could also see him plaguing the locker room with his diva-like emotions and the non-presence of a strong leader/will (don’t say Harden! no way.) would reek havoc exponentially.

    • skids003 - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:39 PM

      To use “Dwight Howard’ and the word “mature” in the same sentence does not compute.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      I can only think they signed Camby, who will turn 40 this season to help off the court in the locker with with everyone as the Rockets are such a young team.

      He isn’t all that productive anymore on the floor, but with his age and experience he should be able to offer them a veteran presence and be a leader off the court.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:46 AM

        good point.

  4. aboogy123456 - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Dwight howard is mentally weak and lacks any leadership quality, but he’s still one of the 5 most dominant players in the game. Just by being on the court, he makes everybody around him better. Harden and Dwight should be a great combo, because Dwight is the better player but Harden will be the guy running the offense. They will be a contender, but like loungefly said above me, their lack of any true leaders will probably hurt them big time in the playoffs.

  5. losanginsight - Jul 29, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    This is like asking Kobe to pass. It’s not going to happen. Wight should be working on his free throws.

  6. mat9844 - Jul 29, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    I think Howard and Houston are going to surprise a lot of people, and I mean that in a good way.

  7. chargerdillon - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    What Dwight brings to ANY team:
    1. Distractions
    2. Disrespect of his authorities (ie management coaches)
    3. Lack of responsability for his failures at the free throw line.

    This just isnt sour grapes from a Lakers fan, this is a cumulative opinion of everywhere he’s been. In Orlando he was famous for mocking the coach by impersonating the way he talks as well as continually complaining about the roster and making trade demands based on his and only his feelings.

    He disagrees with the coaches philosophy but does not hold himself accountable when his team is in a close game and falls 5 points down to their opponent in clutch time because of hacking him the second he gets the ball in the paint.

    Dwight is far more responsible last year for Lakers losses more than he’s responsible for Lakers wins when he couldn’t close out winable games at the free throw line.

    I really liked Dwight Howard up until about 2-3 years ago when every story about him was more about where he was going rather than what he was doing.

  8. brotherlove2012 - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    I wonder what the Lakers’ fans here would have said if Howard had signed with them … His flaws would have probably suddenly disappeared right after signing … Lol!

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      I wonder what you would have said if he had re-signed.

      None of the things anyone has said on this post is anything new. He’s been criticized for mental smallness and immaturity since his Orlando days.

  9. ocgunslinger - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    When things go badly for Houston (as it usually does for every team as some point in the year) the way Howard acts or reacts will tell everyone if he will become who they think they got when they offered the big bucks. He will play to his stats I am sure but the leadership will probably not be there.

  10. ambitoos - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    What Dwight Howard brings to Rockets . PROBLEMS, PROBLEMS, PROBLEMS.

  11. dezglobal - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    All he brings is a cheesy smile.

  12. florida727 - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Brings them a good pick-and-roll option if HE chooses?

    Inmates running the asylum?

    How about he does whatever the f— the coach tells him to do.

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