Houston Rockets: Hakeem Olajuwon Says Rockets Have 85% Of Landing Dwight Howard

By Michael Ma

Feb 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets former players Yao Ming (left) and Hakeem Olajuwon react as they are introduced to the crowd in the second quarter of the 2013 NBA all star game at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

As uncertainty keeps weighing in on a daily basis for the teams involved in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes, one person is confident where Howard might eventually land.  In an interview with Yahoo! Sports’ the PostGame blog, former Houston Rocket and Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon stated that he believes there is an 85% chance that the free agent center signs with the Rockets.

“It’s an 85 percent chance he ends up in Houston.  You never know, but after that meeting we had, I feel very comfortable that we have the best chance to get him.

We’re going to come to you.  You have James Harden there. You have the backcourt. You’re going to get the ball. The coach is there knowing we need your presence in the middle. So we were speaking his language. It’s what he wanted. So he was so excited.”

Olajuwon was part of the Rockets’ pitch group, along with former teammate and Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler present at the initial meeting with Howard.

Howard has left Los Angeles to contemplate his decision.