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Dwight Howard says ‘it doesn’t matter’ who starts at point guard for Rockets

Oct 12, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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The Rockets with Dwight Howard are going to be one of the more fascinating teams to watch as we enter the upcoming NBA season. With the drama of where Howard will play finally behind us for the first time in two years, and with the former Defensive Player of the Year expected to be 100 percent healthy, Houston should compete with the elite in the Western Conference all season long.

But it likely won’t be a breeze to acclimate the Rockets of last year to playing with such a large presence on both ends of the floor, and one of the things that needs to be determined is how the ball gets distributed, and which players will be the ones initiating things offensively.

The team has two capable point guards in Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverley, and there seems to be a competition going on as to which one will earn the starting nod. For his part, Howard says he isn’t concerned with who comes out on top, saying that as long as everyone plays together the team should be just fine.

From Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

Given his turn to comment about the Rockets’ apparent battle for the starting point guard position, Dwight Howard said he was unconcerned with the choice, calling it “a luxury” to have two great point guards.

“It doesn’t matter and it shouldn’t matter to any of those guys who starts the game or whatever,” Howard said. “The biggest thing is that we all accept our roles. If we do that, we will have a great season. We can’t allow anything to affect us as a team and pull us in the wrong direction. I enjoy playing with both of those guys.”

The answer was a politically correct one, but it also speaks to how the team runs its offense.

Whether it’s Lin or Beverley technically running the point, James Harden is going to have the ball in his hands the majority of the time. Now, there may be specific post plays run for Howard where Harden may begin on the weak side, with Lin or Beverley being charged with beginning the play and either running a pick-and-roll or making the post entry pass.

But make no mistake — Harden is the primary offensive option. It’ll be beyond interesting to see if his style of getting to the basket is at all impacted by Howard being in place on the low block, but either way, the importance of the point guard position is minimized on this team given Harden’s role and skill set.

  1. elcapitanfiscal - Oct 12, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Scoring options:

    1. Harden
    2. Parsons
    3. Howard

    • meyeshua - Oct 12, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      He is correct, however with the wrong end. With him in the middle it wouldn’t matter since he will give up soon enough and take his millions for nothing in return.

  2. gmsingh123 - Oct 12, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Who’s the moron who let Dwight in front of a microphone again? I’d hate to see him at a karaoke bar.

    • topdawg4ever - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      Oh c’mon. This is Duhwight we’re talking about. You think he’s capable of an intelligent thought?

      • gmsingh123 - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:51 AM

        Sure, on his home planet.

  3. kb2408 - Oct 12, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Dwight being PC? Noooo, you gotta be kidding! He’s right though, it doesn’t matter. The Rockets aren’t going to win anything anyway. Dwight’s the only player who plays even decent defense on the Rockets. And they are going to also get pounded on the glass against the bigger, more physical teams.

  4. raycharlesj - Oct 12, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Primary offensive ball facilitator = James Harden, secondary offensive ball facilitator Jeremy Lin/ Patrick Beverly. Whats so hard to understand???? Even when Harden was playing for OKC when he and Westbrook were on the floor together most of the time it was Westbrook who played off the ball and Harden who facilitated the offense.

    • topdawg4ever - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      Oh c’mon. This is Duhwight we’re talking about. You think he’s capable of an intelligent thought?

  5. lacolem1 - Oct 12, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    If it doesn’t matter who starts or whatever, maybe you should volunteer to come off the bench, Dwight.

  6. eugenesaxe1 - Oct 12, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    “It doesn’t matter who the PG is. If we don’t win, I’ll throw anybody under the bus.”

    • kb2408 - Oct 12, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      Oh, you gotta know it’s coming! McHale better have eyes in the back of his head…better to see the knife coming when Dwight stabs him.

      • ddarqwon - Oct 12, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        “It’s so hard,
        to say Goodbye,
        to yesterday.”

        Boyz II Men/Laker Nation

  7. freddysanford - Oct 12, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    What an effing azz hole. How about taking yourself out of the starting lineup if it “doesn’t matter” Dwight, you narcissistic , smug chump.

    I can’t stand this guy

    No wonder Shaq hates him so much


    • kb2408 - Oct 12, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      I posted an AWESOME comment….and it didn’t make it. But this ^^^^ does?!!

  8. gilmorelogic - Oct 12, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    The Rockets have two good point guards except the economical order is out of balance. Economics or shall I say internationally economics say Jeremy Lin is the man. Basketball economics say Patrick Beverly is the man. It’s not about starting it’s about finishing and their play will determine that. GO ROCKETS

  9. cbrown386 - Oct 12, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    There’s not a thing wrong with what he said, I can’t find anything in there that makes him come off as smug, selfish, etc. Couldn’t the headline just as easily read ‘Howard enjoys playing with 2 skilled PGs’ or something similar?

    We all know what he did in LA and Orlando was annoying and over dramatic, but we don’t have to keep pretending that the dude is some sort of monster.

  10. eternallyill - Oct 12, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    It doesn’t matter who starts……..AT THE POINT GUARD POSITION. I don’t liken myself to Dwight Howard, lord knows he has a few things to work on as a player and person, but I agree with him here. I don’t think you can go wrong with either player but I’d start Beverly because he impressed me in the playoffs against okc, and I think he’ll want to capitalize off that momentum….

  11. stayhigh_247 - Oct 12, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    they need to trade Linn to Taiwan since he’s such a hit over there, and let Beverly do his thing… beverly just brings way more to the table then Linn.

    • kb2408 - Oct 12, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      Who are you, Reggie White?

  12. mackcarrington - Oct 12, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    “It doesn’t matter who starts at point guard as long as they throw me the ball and stay out of my way”.

    • ddarqwon - Oct 12, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      Sounds like a quote from EVERY Hall of Fame big man in the league the last 40 years.

  13. fmvonmanstein - Oct 12, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    It’s always fun to see the posts by Laker fans. If you can’t play ball with Kobe, then it’s your fault, not Kobe’s. Laker fans will be singing a different tune when they are decimated by the Rockets this season. It is a luxury to have two great PG’s on a team. Houston had exactly the same problem when we had Brooks and Lowry, then Lowry and Dragic. The biggest problem Houston has going forward, is who starts at PF???????

    Laker fans are so petty. One eyed, and stupid is another term that comes to mind.

    (Insert rants about Lakers championship history, and Kobe’s numbers, etc.)

    • im2gr84u2h8on - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:32 AM

      How many repeats do the Crockets have and how many three-peats do the Lakers have? It’s almost as if you think Lakerfans are mad they lost Dwight and his tragic free-throw shooting. Chris Kaman is a monster and for much less, so why would we be mad drama-queen left? Don’t fool yourself…

      • im2gr84u2h8on - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:33 AM

        Kaman can also shoot free throws.

      • fmvonmanstein - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:20 AM

        See the last part in brackets. (Laker fans bringing up past history.) All Laker fans can bring up is their past. In the short term, there is no future. Laker fans are deluded if they think a breaking down Nash, a coming back from one of the most serious injuries ANY Pro athlete can sustain in Kobe, Kaman and Gasol will equate to a good season.

        Laker fans are upset Dwight left, for exactly that reason, he left of his own free will. Most Laker fans can’t understand why anyone would not want to be a Laker. It seems playing with Kobe is not all it’s cracked up to be. Kobe is just as big a headcase and drama queen as Dwight. (And for the record, I was not initially happy with the Rockets getting Dwight, but I am prepared to adopt the wait and see attitude!)

  14. ironman682 - Oct 12, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Rocket fans, remember that the Spurs are the team to beat in the West not the Rockets.

  15. khali35 - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Lin lost his starting position, Beverly is hungry, the team is hungry. Lin is not as aggressive as Beverly-he’s just not! and, he doesn’t have the high basketball IQ that patrick has. Patrick is a winner at this level and just cut from a different cloth-we know this. Lets stop playing politics here for a moment and put the best Houston team on the court.

  16. red20019 - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Laker fans are butt hurt Howard left and justifying Kaman to be as good a Howard is proof.

    • zachrokeach - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      Oh c’mon. This is Duhwight we’re talking about. You think he’s capable of an intelligent thought?

  17. lemfaxx - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Its doesnt matter who start at center…. Asik or Howard…

  18. Anoesis - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    “The biggest thing is that we all accept our roles.”

    This from the guy who refused to do exactly that in L.A. and then left because he didn’t think they could win.

    • redbaronx - Oct 13, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      @Anoesis – Amen! You’re 100% right. Dwight’s problem isn’t basketball. It’s immature comments like “it doesn’t matter who’s playing for the Rockets at guard”. Or god forbid he listen to Kareem!

  19. telergy - Oct 14, 2013 at 6:12 AM

    … Lol he said “..accept their role.” The irony

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