Houston Rockets fans will hear from the man himself this week.
Dwight Howard, the biggest free agent available this summer in the NBA, has announced his intentions to sign with the Rockets.
The man they call Superman left money on the table, 30 million dollars to be exact, to come here. General Manager Daryl Morey told CSN Houston it means Howard wants to do one thing and one thing only.
“He’s really ready to take that next step,” Morey said. Dwight is focused on winning. We give him the best chance to win. It’s that simple.”
But Morey also knows you don’t win NBA titles in July. You have to work hard from November through June if you want to win it all.
“We’ve accomplished nothing yet. But we’re excited about how things are coming together,” Morey said.
Howard has made it to one NBA Finals in his career, but his Orlando Magic lost to the Lakers in five games four years ago. Former Rocket Charles Barkley told NBA TV now that Howard is in Houston he has to win big.
“To get his reputation back he has to win. If anything negative happens here, his reputation can’t ever come back,” Barkley said.
Not everyone likes the move. Former NBA great Shaquille O’Neal has had a long rivalry with Howard.
“It was expected. We’ve all been in L.A. Not everyone can handle being under the bright lights. Everybody wants to do it, but when you get there, there are certain pressures. I think it was a safe move for him to go to a little town like Houston,” O’Neal said at a NASCAR event in Daytona on Saturday.
Former Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson also took a shot at Howard on Twitter.
“He left a distaste in Lakerland,” Jackson Tweeted. “The Lakers will be fine. Pau fits MDA’s style of Off-it was about the future. If he is better of an Astro, so be it.”
The signing cannot be made official until Wednesday.