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Dwight Howard on the departure of Chandler Parsons: ‘It won’t affect us at all’

Jul 19, 2014, 12:01 AM EDT

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The Rockets have had a terrible offseason, especially when considering what their hopes were entering free agency.

Houston had planned to attract a third top flight star to play alongside Dwight Howard and James Harden, but overtures to Carmelo Anthony and then later Chris Bosh were essentially ignored, leaving the team in a worse place now than when the summer began.

It becomes even tougher to swallow for the Rockets once you realize that key rotation players in Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik were traded for essentially nothing, and Chandler Parsons was allowed to leave in restricted free agency by signing an offer sheet in Dallas that Houston did not choose to match.

Any reasonable observer knows that the Rockets took one or more steps backward this offseason, even when including the signing of Trevor Ariza at a reasonable price for his two-way skill set. But Howard doesn’t necessarily think so, and is either eternally optimistic or simply believes he’s good enough to cover for the team’s multiple mistakes.

From the Associated Press:

“It won’t affect us at all,” Howard said Friday of Parsons signing a three-year, $45-million deal with the Dallas Mavericks. …

“We have myself and James,” Howard said. “We have the best center and the best two guard in the game on the same team. It’s on us.”

Howard, who spoke at his father’s 10th annual Howard/Howard basketball camp in Atlanta, said he wishes his former teammate well with the Mavericks. But Howard said he and Harden will be able to carry the load without the 25-year-old Parsons, who had career highs with 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and four assists for the Rockets last season.

Howard continues to take an unrealistic view about just how much he and Harden can do for the rest of the roster.

A better approach would have been the one taken by Rockets head coach Kevin McHale, who knows the team got worse this offseason, at least on paper. Displaying false bravado in essentially saying, ‘Nah, we’re good’ when losing a player who contributed as much as Parsons without getting anyone to replace him is not only ridiculous, but shows the level of delusion Howard has when it comes to the game of basketball.

As for the Rockets, fans care about winning and getting out of the first round of the playoffs more than they do about acquiring assets like “cap room” and “trade exceptions.” Houston has its two superstars, right Dwight? If that’s enough, then let’s see the team actually win some games in the postseason.

  1. Great Caesar's Ghost - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    It won’t affect him in the sense that he still won’t win a championship.

    • bong815 - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      Howard is very consistent – he still doesn’t have a clue.

  2. nightrain42 - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Nice. Parsons actively recruited you and you a comment like that? Coward is a clown. Period

    • tomasekradek - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      You kiddin right? Parsons actively recruited him, owes Rockets about 14 mil $ pay rise, signs offer sheet with one of the biggest rivals only minutes to free agency and laughs Rocket fans in the face. Tell me once again who’s clown in this situation. I’m not even a Rocket fan but if i ever met him, i’d spit right next to his feet.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:49 PM

        that’s moronic. Why on earth would parsons not try to make the most money possible. He has a small window to do so. It’s not like you can sign an nba contract when you are 50. Get the money while you can

      • raidmagic - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:46 PM

        All they had to do was pick up his option and they would have him for less than 2 million. I’d have signed with someone else too. They thought they would get either Bosh or Melo and he’d be expendable. Glad it didn’t work out for them.

      • tomasekradek - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        i don’t blame him for taking the money but could wait a few days to sign the offer sheet. they did him great favor by declining that team option

      • foz0606 - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:26 PM

        They weren’t trying to make Parsons expendable. They wanted to keep him along with adding another big name.

      • bong815 - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:22 PM

        As you can see by the thumbs, people don’t generally listen to haters.

      • tomasekradek - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:32 AM

        People listen only to Howards haters. It’s trendy.

  3. realbrasil80 - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Just when i thought Dwight couldn’t get any stoopider…

  4. bellerophon30 - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    So the Rockets essentially trade Asik, Lin, and Parsons for Ariza and a medium amount of cap space…….and it won’t affect them? Huh? I get that he can’t be pessimistic, but geez, just don’t talk about it at all rather than say something stupid.

  5. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Guy seems to be a complete loser.

  6. shadowgamesshades - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Of course it won’t affect him. He’s not getting a ring anyway.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      This is the truth. With Parson, without him, they weren’t winning anything anyway, so he’s just being optimistic. It will affect people though, namely McHale and probably Morey will get fired when the team either drops to a 7 or 8 seed and loses in the first round (which isn’t different from anything they would do as a higher seed anyway, see the 2014 playoffs) or miss them all together. Maybe then when Dwight’s next “decision” comes around, Laker fans will welcome him back like LeBron and Cleveland after he leaves Houston in 2016, lol.

  7. csbanter - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Howard is total opposite from the guy that played in Orlando. That Howard was a good spirited dude. What happened to the old Dwight Howard ?

  8. skoivu10 - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Harden the best 2 in the game? I never knew that that one guy, Hard On For Harden, was really Dwight Howard!

  9. martinbay10 - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Dwight sounds like he was jilted by Parsons.

  10. scbaby2013 - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    Get ready for an early playoff exit Dwight coward

  11. kavika6 - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Parsons signing for that ridiculous amount in Dallas hurts the Mavericks more than the Rockets.

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