Late last week, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey suggested that his coaching staff will work with Dwight Howard in attempts to play him at power forward. If it was something they found success with, they’d implement it into the regular season, though, there was never any word from Dwight as to his interest in doing so.
Apparently, he doesn’t mind at all – in fact – he encourages it.
Per Focus Taiwan:
“There is no need to adjust. I have been playing basketball for my whole life. I started it up playing a point guard,” the NBA star told reporters at a press conference to welcome his third visit to Taiwan.
“I think it can make our team tougher. We need [me] being as a power forward some games and Asik being a center. We will have a big lineup, and it will be tough for teams to truly score,” the 27-year-old center said.
“You have two guys to play great defense in the paint. So I think it is positive, and it is no conflict,” he added.
Rockets starting center Omer Asik, who stands to lose his job thanks to the acquisition of Howard wasn’t thrilled when Houston signed the talented big man. Asik was so unhappy in fact, he requested a trade, a request that GM Daryl Morey doesn’t intend to fulfill.
Hoping to calm the waters, Morey suggested putting Howard at power forward to ensure Asik of his regular starter minutes and at least for now, Howard appears to be saying all the right things.