‘Twas the night before Game 6, when all through the league. Not a team was stirring, not even the Houston Rockets.
Dwight Howard did manage to keep the Rockets in the news following his ESPN interview with Jackie MacMullan in which Howard revealed details on how Daryl Morey denied his request to get more involved in the Rockets offense.
As the Warriors and Cavaliers prepared for Game 6, it was not Howard, but James Harden who managed to steal the spotlight Wednesday afternoon. According to Houston Chronicles reporter Greg Rajan, Shaquille O’Neal officially named The Beard the biggest fool of the NBA this season.
"Rockets star James Harden wasn’t named to any of the All-NBA teams this season and slipped from second to ninth in the MVP balloting. However, he did walk away with one, uh, “accolade.” TNT and NBA TV analyst Shaquille O’Neal bestowed Harden with his “Shaqtin’ a Fool” MVP on his NBA TV comedy show Tuesday night that lampoons the league’s bloopers. Harden’s “highlight reel” consisted mostly of his defensive lapses that went viral during the season, with O’Neal and his fellow hosts chuckling in the background."
Harden’s MVP honors from O’Neal is a constant reminder of the embarrassment Houston faced this season. For a player who averaged 29 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 6.1 assists on a nightly basis. Its a shame to see the continuous disrespect Harden receives.
Harden declining to take part in the Olympics this summer has some fans worrying that his offseason activities may interfere with his preparation for the 2016-17 season. As fans continue to worry about Harden’s decision, Darren Yuvan of The Dream Shakes ponders whether there is a direct link between his offseason activities and his in-season performance?
"James Harden’s camp recently announced that The Beard will this season. The former Team USA co-captain is shunning a chance to further develop his leadership skills and to fine tune his game — not to mention win another gold medal — in advance of one of the more important seasons of his career to this point. What could this do to his and the prospects for the 2016-2017 season? not be competing in the summer Olympics games Rockets"
Regardless of Harden’s offseason activities, Yuvan said it best, “I’d love to see him in the Summer Games. But the Rockets are likely no worse for the wear either way.”
With one of the most anticipated offseasons less than a month away, it’s more likely that Dwight Howard’s career in Clutch City is coming to a sad end. Despite expressing his interest in a possible return, more teams are entering the Superman Sweepstakes daily.
"the most The Indiana Pacers are without question one of intriguing teams to keep an eye on as the NBA offseason continues to draw closer. Larry Bird made the decision to move on from Frank Vogel and hired Nate McMillan as the new head coach. If the Pacers are going to get back to being a serious playoff contender, they will need to bring in a big piece or two this offseason. Dwight Howard is set to hit the open market this offseason, and there will be a lot of teams interested in signing him when free agency opens up. Erwin Castro of SportsRageous the Pacers as one of the top potential landing spots for Howard, and it certainly makes sense. listed"
If Superman abandons Houston, safe to say that Howard will go down as the most disappointing player in Rockets history.
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