Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban was in hot pursuit of center Dwight Howard this offseason.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors also made attempts to sign (or in the Lakers’ case, re-sign) Howard, but he wound up choosing the Houston Rockets.
According to Cuban, Howard made a mistake.
“Obviously, he made a mistake in judgment,” Cuban told Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas Thursday. “Do I blame him? No, that’s what young kids do. They make mistakes in judgment.”
Cubans’ Mavericks play Howard’s Rockets Friday night.
“You choose teams. You don’t choose players,” Cuban said. “If he made a choice off of an individual player, yeah, he made a mistake. You choose teams. You choose organizations. You choose coaches. And it’s just not relative to Houston. That’s just the way I look at it, because if he’s that good, then the right organization…”
In other words, Cuban thinks Howard chose the Rockets primarily because their other superstar, guard James Harden is young. He probably did and that makes a lot of sense.
It’ s worked out well through game. Howard had 17 points, 26 rebounds and two blocks in a win over the Charlotte Bobcats Wednesday night.