Some of you are asking just why Dwight Howard is moving to Houston. He’s somebody who is considered to be the best center in the game of basketball, when he’s healthy. He’s had playoff experience. He’s had Finals experience. Then he moved to LA and it appeared that the Lakers were the team to beat in the West, yet again. He got the chance to play with the likes of Pau Gasol, Steve Nash, and Kobe Bryant, all future hall of famers. Of course, there’s playing for future hall of fame coach Mike D’Antoni too. The Lakers have a much bigger budget than the Rockets. So, why did Dwight Howard move to Houston?
Here’s reason number one. Dwight Howard doesn’t like Kobe Bryant. Kobe Bryant doesn’t like Dwight Howard. Watching the two bickering back and forth during last season was hysterical. Here’s two guys, who are great players, on a should be great team, arguing over how well Howard can play with a back injury. I’m not a Lakers fan by any means, but something like that should never happen.
Naturally though, that wasn't the whole story. I don’t know what the entirety of it was, but here’s my take. The Los Angeles Lakers is Kobe Bryant’s team. I wouldn't be surprised if he sat in on owners’ meetings. When Howard came to LA, he wanted the Lakers to be his team. Therefore, we have a rift among players, and no one will be happy unless they’re winning games or someone cedes to the other. Well, neither of those really happened.
The Lakers made the playoffs by the leather of the basketball, and really only because Howard was finally healthy and Bryant realized they needed to win games. So the two set aside their differences and lost in the first round. As soon as that happened, I knew Howard wasn't staying in LA. There’s no chemistry between Howard and Bryant and never will be.
Here’s reason number two. The Houston rockets are an up and coming team. They are young. They got their first taste of the playoffs last season and are looking to take a bigger taste next season with Howard at center. The Lakers, however, are a somewhat old team, and without new tricks. Not including Howard, the Lakers’ stars were all 33 or older. Dwight Howard is 27. Meanwhile, over in Houston, only one player has been seen on this earth for 30+ years and the core of the team is 27 and under. Dwight Howard is 27. He also wants to win for a long time. He’ll do that in Houston with those young players.
There’s also coach Kevin McHale, whose 4 year resume may be deceiving. I believe the man knows how to coach and will also be in Houston for a while. He may not be a Mike D’Antoni, but he’s getting there. James Harden was a pretty good player before he came to Houston, but McHale is going to make him into a superstar.
Dwight Howard is healthy. Dwight Howard is playing with stars. Dwight Howard has a team. Dwight Howard has a coach. Dwight Howard is in Houston. Dwight Howard is happy.