Rockets center Dwight Howard poses with coach Kevin McHale.
Dwight Howard was officially introduced as a Houston Rocket Saturday afternoon at Toyota Center. Howard was joined by team owner Les Alexander, head coach Kevin McHale, general manager Daryl Morey, and other former and current Rockets players.
Elvin Hayes, Moses Malone, Ralph Sampson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Yao Ming were all in attendance, as was Clyde Drexler, John Lucas and Rockets Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy. The current Rockets players included Chandler Parsons, Patrick Beverley, and Greg Smith.
Howard stated his happiness and excitement for his new start, after constantly expressing his frustrations the last two years with the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers.
“This is a great opportunity, a great feeling to be here, to have a fresh start,” Howard added. “… I made this decision for me. I want to be happy. If you can’t be happy when you’re playing, it’s not fun. I want to get back to being that guy who was playing and having fun but at the same time dominating.”
He was also impressed by the closeness of the Rockets organization and community, and has personal connections with everyone that was involved in the pitch, beginning with current players such as Chandler Parsons, to working out with Hakeem Olajuwon in the past, and was moved by Yao Ming coming from China to take part in welcoming him into the Rockets family.
He also added that his ultimate goal in Houston is to win a championship.
“If we dedicate ourselves and sacrifice everything we’ve got for a championship, at the end of the season we should be holding up a trophy.” Howard stated.