Star centre has some strong words as the team’s off-season goes from bad to worse.
Going into this NBA off-season the Houston Rocket had high hopes of landing a big name to give themselves their own ‘big three’.
On their radar they had Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh as near must-haves, but after striking out with both players, with Anthony and Bosh electing to re-sign with the Knicks and Heat respectively, the question has to be asked.
What is wrong with Houston?
Only only did they fail to attract a big name to he team they traded away Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik for essentially nothing as the team looked to clear cap space to make a big run at Bosh in the wake of the news LeBron James was moving back Cleveland.
On top of that, Chandler Parsons was not treated like the rising star has become in the last two years and was allowed to join division rivals Dallas, after becoming a restricted free agent.
Asked about Parsons leaving the team, Houston centre Dwight Howard had some biting words.
“It won’t affect us at all,” Howard said of Parsons signing a three-year, $45-million deal with the Dallas Mavericks.
“We have myself and James,” Howard said. “We have the best center and the best two guard in the game on the same team. It’s on us.”
Howard, who spoke at his father’s 10th annual Howard/Howard basketball camp in Atlanta, said he wishes his former teammate well with the Mavericks.
But Howard said he and Harden will be able to carry the load without the 25-year-old Parsons, who had career highs with 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and four assists for the Rockets last season.
The Rockets did manage to sign somebody this off-season with Trevor Ariza rejoining Houston, but at least on paper, it has been a horror free agency period for Kevn McHale’s men.