If you’ve kept up with the NBA at all recently, you’ve heard the rumors of Dwight Howard being unhappy in Houston.
Yesterday, Chris Sheridan at SheridanHoops.com reported that Dwight Howard is “extremely unhappy in Houston playing second fiddle to alpha dog James Harden,” and the rumor promptly took the sports world by storm.
The story grew throughout the course of the day to the point that some were speculating on the possibility of Houston Rockets owner Daryl Morey having plans to scrap the whole thing and start over.
Rockets fans have now spent the past 24 hours wondering and worrying if there is a much bigger issue in Houston than they previously realized and many have been dreading the worst.
“I haven’t said nothin’ to nobody about anything. I remain positive that we can turn this thing around in any way possible.”
I don’t know how big the Rockets’ issues are, but I do have good news that comes straight from the big man himself. In an video interview after Houston’s 107-97 loss to Sacramento last night, Dwight addressed the recent trade rumors directly:
As per Johnathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle here was his entire response to the false story:
“I haven’t said anything to anybody about anything,” Howard said. “People make up lies and rumors. That’s never been my focus. I’m trying to get these guys to play better and get myself to play better.
“People are going to say what they got to say to get a story out. People are always going to come up with some rumor and lies. That’s what it is. I can’t focus on that. And I don’t want my teammates to focus on that.”
Howard is averaging 13.6 points per game on just 8.3 shots per game. But he said last week he was not concerned with his own offense, believing that his role would increase throughout the season.
“I want us to win,” Howard said. “We had two upsetting losses. We’re all frustrated because we know we can play better. I haven’t said anything to any reporter or to anybody about being unhappy. That’s only noise. All the other stuff is lies.” – Howard
As a fan who absolutely wants to see Dwight stay in Houston, I’ve been breathing one big sigh of relief for about 20 minutes now. With Morey, nothing ever seems to be set in stone; anybody could get traded at any moment.
Nevertheless, I feel good about the fact that I can rest assured that Dwight isn’t pushing to leave Houston and that he still believes in this team. There’s a long way to go before the Rockets can get to where they want to be as an organization, but having Dwight with the program is a great start.
There will most assuredly be more rumors and and stories coming to the surface in the next few days as the trade market gets rolling, so make sure to stay tuned in with Space City Scoop for updates.