Apr 20, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) walks onto the court during overtime against the Portland Trail Blazers in game one during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. The Trail Blazers won 122-120. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Dwight Howard happy with Houston Rockets


When Dwight Howard was dealt from the Orlando Magic to the Los Angeles Lakers, many thought it was the perfect spot for him, but he didn’t enjoy himself, Kobe Bryant got hurt and his Lakers lost in the first round of the 2013 postseason.

Howard wanted to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets, but their package wasn’t appealing to the Magic. Now, he has found what could be an even better destination in the Houston Rockets and he is very happy about it.

“I made the best decision for me,” Howard told Sam Amick of The USA Today. “Looking at this organization, where we’re trying to go, I think all of us are pretty much on the same page. Each day I’m talking to the people up top, trying to figure out ways to try and get better. The coaching staff, from our trainer, in the weight room the guys are working on our bodies every day just trying to figure out how to get better. That’s been our focus.”

Howard does have one complaint – the traffic.

“I love it. The only problem is the traffic, because I stay 45 minutes outside of Houston. It takes a long time to get home every day, but I enjoy driving so it’s pretty much cool with me. But living here has been great. There are some great people here. I’ve enjoyed my year so far, being in and out of different restaurants, meeting people, going to the movies – that’s my favorite pastime. So it’s been great. It’s been great for me.”

Howard averaged 18.3 points, 12.2 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.8 assists while shooting 59.1% from the floor and 54.7% from the free throw line

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