The 2013 edition of the Dwight Howard saga is over, finally. After days of waffling, the much talked-about center finally made the decision to take his talents over to James Harden and the Houston Rockets, according to basketball insider Adrian Wojnarowski.
For a while, it looked like there was a very real possibility that Golden State (after acquiring Andre Iguodola and taking a huge salary dump) was going to be his destination of choice, meaning I was going to have to begrudgingly root for him next season. But thankfully, that scenario went to sh*t and I won’t have to sit through day after day of a living hell for the foreseeable future.
From the start Houston seemed like the ideal spot for Dwight. The possibility of having Harden as a primary teammate along with Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons in supporting roles certainly had instant contending possibility with the addition of Howard. Not to mention Kobe Bryant essentially showing him the door at Dwight’s meeting with the Lakers, and his lack of enthusiasm with Mike D’Antoni’s system already had him hunting for a way out from the beginning.
However, there are also some very real concerns with any team taking on a personality like Dwight Howard. For starters, his back is still not 100% and there’s a strong chance that it may never be. Or in other words, his best days me just be behind him. Also, everyone will be buddy-buddy until things start to go wrong and then tempers will be tested. Dwight’s known to be a sensitive guy, and gets his feelings hurt on a whim. Will he be resilient enough to not be affected when times aren’t great?
Most importantly, how will he react to all of America rooting against him? What happens if Houston doesn’t win the chip in 2014? Remember Miami’s big three in their first year, and then after they lost to Dallas in the Finals? Dwight’s back just isn’t strong enough to handle all the pressure.
Winning cures all, but can he put his team on his shoulders and take them the distance? The storyline writes itself starting October 29, 2013.
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