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The 80 games Dwight Howard spent under the glowing lights of Tisel Town were a raging disappointment. Here was someone who was supposed to be the next Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; the next Shaquille O'Neal; the next all-time Laker great. He was supposed to lead the men in purple and gold to great things - championship things - alongside Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol.
On Saturday night, the Houston Rockets made a trip to Milwaukee to take on the woeful Bucks. It shouldn't have been an interesting game because, well, the Bucks are terrible and the Rockets are not, but the men in green gave James Harden and company a run for their money, losing by just six points.
On Tuesday night against the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich reached into his bag of tricks and pulled out everyone's old friend, the Hack-a-Shaq strategy. For seven straight possessions, the Spurs intentionally fouled Dwight Howard.
Out of the 30 teams in the Association, less than a handful run the pick-and-roll as well as the Houston Rockets do. A lot of that has to do with the deadly combination of James Harden and Dwight Howard, as well as their mix of perimeter shooters, such as Chandler Parsons, Patrick Beverley and Francisco Garcia.
We're four weeks into the NBA season and several things are already clear, but then there are some things that are, let's say, blurry, like Dwight Howard's post-game.
It takes guts for a group of NBA players to say, "we don't even know what you or your team are about to do, but we sure as hell don't want to find out." More importantly, it takes a player with gravitas to elicit such vulnerability.
New season. New team. Same old Dwight Howard. Well, maybe that last part isn't so true. After battling back and shoulder injuries all of last season, he is supposedly 100 percent again, which gives Rockets fans a reason to believe that the old Dwight will show up this season, not the decrepit Lakers Dwight.