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ESPN: The Case for Howard in Houston

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by davidkconover, Jul 15, 2012.

  1. davidkconover

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    Second good article ESPN has cranked out about the ROX today. Please lock if already posted.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/47820/the-case-for-howard-in-houston

    The case for Howard in Houston
    By J.A. Adande

    One of my first college journalism professors, who always used green pens to correct our assignments, would have these Dwight Howard reports looking like a rainforest by the time he finished with them. There’s been speculation about Howard’s next destination since before Christmas and we’re well past the Fourth of July with no one able to provide definitive answers to the essential journalistic questions, the Five W’s of Who, What, Where, When and Why.

    I’ll take on that last one -- Why -- at least as it pertains to the Houston Rockets, the most curious of all of Howard’s suitors. He’s never expressed a desire to play there, yet general manager Daryl Morey is relentlessly chasing Howard. Others around the league wonder about the fervent pursuit, which has already seen the Rockets use the amnesty provision on Luis Scola as a means to clear salary-cap space, all so the Rockets can accommodate the Orlando Magic’s wish to shed weighty contracts in addition to Howard.

    It doesn’t seem to matter that a strictly two-team trade would leave the Rockets in the exact same situation as the Magic: a non-championship team stuck with bad contracts and a superstar who doesn’t want to stay around.

    So why bother?

    As one person familiar with the Rockets’ thinking put it, no matter how small their chances of keeping Howard might be, that percentage is still higher than their chance of getting a player of Howard’s caliber -- a true franchise player who has come within three games of a championship -- through the draft lottery. History is against the salvation-through-the-draft model. Only six No. 1 overall draft picks have won a championship and a Most Valuable Player award while playing for the team that drafted them. So that’s why the Rockets are still in this, even as they trudge uphill and against the winds of logic.

    Why would Howard stick in Houston? Well, part of the Rockets’ plan is to clear enough salary-cap space to go after another major free agent next summer, and provide him the second superstar he’d need to pursue a championship.

    They’ll have the “home-court advantage” when he becomes a free agent, with the ability to guarantee him an additional year and approximately $25 million more than anyone else, as the Brooklyn Nets just did with Deron Williams. Remember, by opting in for the final year of his old contract that was negotiated by former agent Aaron Goodwin, Howard kept his new agent, Dan Fegan, from receiving any salary commission from him this season. There’s lost money to be made up, so wouldn’t that provide incentive for Fegan to get Howard to sign the most lucrative possible contract -- the Rockets’ -- next year?

    Second would be the Jeremy Lin factor. If the Knicks don’t match Houston’s contract offer and Lin becomes a Rocket, Houston would resume its role as Asia’s NBA team. The Rockets already established business relationships with Chinese companies who bought courtside banner ads while Yao Ming was with the team, so they’re perfectly positioned to market Lin -- and Howard -- in Asia.

    Howard wants a global brand, and he’s already made efforts to establish his presence in China. Playing with Lin would help that cause. Chinese television scrambled to add Knicks games to the schedule after the Linsanity craze last season. Imagine how many Rockets games they could broadcast knowing his schedule months in advance.

    Howard should consult Tracy McGrady, whose jersey was among the top four sellers in China from 2006 to 2009 while he played alongside Yao. T-Mac’s No. 1 Rockets jersey outsold LeBron James and even Yao himself.

    All of this doesn’t mean this trade will happen. Heck, there’s still a chance NO Howard trade happens and he goes through the season with the Magic. But at least there are a couple of reasons the Rockets would take the chance and why Howard might actually reward them for it.
     
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  2. PinoyRocket

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    Adande you beautiful b*stard...
     
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  4. jvu

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    pipe dream
     
  5. K-Low_4_Prez

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    Adande and RoFlo are the only People from ESPN I can stand!! And Bomani Jones!
     
  6. QazQay

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    Actually some good insight and things I haven't thought of before here, such as Lin possibly helping Howard sell in Asia and thus making him more money that way. Interesting.
     
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    LOL.....
     
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    Micheal Wilbon too.
     
  9. K-Low_4_Prez

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    True true I love PTI! Kornheiser is hilarious or should I say Kornarious!
     
  10. jev5555

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    Getting Howard would be a game changer for this franchise, but, I don't look at not getting him as so bad an alternative. You play out the season get a high draft pick, maybe 2. Draft BPA and offer contracts to Josh Smith and Andrew Bynum. If Lamb and Lin turn out to be a dynamite guard tandem, shore up the interior with low post scorers and move from there.

    2013 starting 5
    PF JOSH SMITH
    SF CHANDLER PARSONS
    C ANDREW BYNUM
    SG JEREMY LAMB
    PG JEREMY LIN

    Cannot accept to be bogged down by bad Magic contracts.

    CARRY ON
     
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  11. Red.Glare

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    thanks...good read
     
  12. Disciple of RP

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    The (slow-pitch) softball pitcher of sports interviewers. Seems nice, though.
     
  13. Dreamshake1

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    All I read was "selling jersey's in China". If this teams main priority is to appeal to China over winning basketball games then everybody should be fired. What happened to my beloved Rockets:(
     
  14. coachbadlee

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    No case is a good one for Howard coming to Houston. You can spin all kind of ways and it would still be a terrible idea for Houston.
     
  15. K-Low_4_Prez

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    Bruh, we ain't wining no championships for awhile! Do you see the teams that are constructed? OKC and Miami will be at it for the next decade, unless some other superteam is made! We gotta sell tickets the best we can!
     
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    I can accurately guess what your post will say before reading it in just about every thread.

    Congrats, DD level achieved.
     
  17. K-Low_4_Prez

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    I try to stray away from name calling but if you are seriously saying there is no way he would be good for us than you are an Idiot!
     
  18. ScubaSteve

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    Makes a good point about his agent but ultimately that prob won't be a factor.
     
  19. coachbadlee

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    I actually have no problem calling you names, dumbass.:)
    Howard would not have a team to play with if he came to Houston, pretty much guaranteeing his exit at the end of the season. Leaving us with 2-5 years of rebuilding from the bottom of the league.
    Now you would rather do that than continue with our accelerated rebuild that would probably take us 2-3 years?
     
  20. K-Low_4_Prez

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    What if he didn't leave? You said you could spin it all ways?
     

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