Monday, July 8th, 2013 at 10:20 am  |  42 responses

Kevin McHale Expects Dwight Howard to Be the NBA’s Most Dominant Center

The Hollywood lights may have been a tad too hot and bright for Dwight Howard, but expectations won’t necessarily be diminished now that he’s in Houston. Rockets head coach Kevin McHale — whom Dwight is very excited to work and learn fromexpects nothing short of pure dominance from the NBA’s premier center. Per the Orlando Sentinel and LA Times: “You’re always evolving and changing, and I think Dwight’s in the process of evolving and changing,’ McHale told reporters Sunday. ‘He says he’s way healthier now than he has been. His back feels better. I just anticipate him coming in and doing what he did for years: being the best, most dominant center in the league.’McHale said he ‘had a pretty good feeling’ that Howard would choose the Rockets over a list of suitors that consisted of the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks. [...] Howard, 27, picked the Rockets in part to play for Coach Kevin McHale and team consultant Hakeem Olajuwon, two Hall of Fame players known for their moves down low. ‘[Houston] was the best fit for me basketball-wise,’ Howard said. ‘And no offense to [Lakers Coach] Mike D’Antoni, but we’re talking about Kevin McHale, who had a million moves in the post.’ Howard declined a five-year, $118-million contract offer from the Lakers to accept a four-year, $88-million deal with the Rockets, his third team in an 11-month period. ‘Walt Disney said, ‘Big risks, big rewards,’ Howard said. ‘He put everything he had into ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,’ and the sky was the limit. Now there’s Disneyland and Disney World. It’s a big sacrifice leaving $30 million. Really, really a big sacrifice. But I want to win a championship and I want to get back to being the person who I am and have some fun and enjoy playing basketball. And I think that’s what I’ll find in Houston.’ Texas has more favorable taxes on income than California, bridging the gap somewhat between the contracts offered by the Lakers and Rockets. Howard declined to discuss whether he was dismayed by the Lakers’ aging roster or by any lingering uncertainty in their front office after the death of longtime owner Jerry Buss in February. ‘I’m not going to sit here and throw rocks and jabs at the Lakers,’ he said. ‘It didn’t end the way we wanted but I was able to develop a much thicker skin. I’m looking forward now to being the veteran in Houston.’”

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  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    Houston needs to trade Omer for Anderson Asap.

  • OfftheWall87

    If he’s 100% healthy, he will be. He was getting there towards the end of this past season.

  • a101lex

    He was last year too… but with no other dominant centers in the league, that’s not saying much…

  • Dev

    Dream BIG coach

  • Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    With McHale and Hakeem therr he will practicing everyday almost on those moves that will be crazy.

  • Dula

    Silva? Haha.

  • danpowers

    kevin mchale expects the league’s most dominant center to be the league’s most dominant center. hmm…


    but last year he was not that dominant though(17 & 12). just compared that to 21 15 and 3 blocks per game in Orlando


    loool all that playing around cost his ass a championship

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    I was like…



  • theDankerNuggets

    Dwight Howard would quote Walt Disney lol

  • pposse

    child please! hakeem charges for his lessons. Dwight had a hard time parting ways with 30 million..well he better be cool with parting ways with a cool 100k every month for Hakeems non free tutorial he will be giving him.

  • a101lex

    But we’re talking about as in comparison to other centers in the league. 17 and 12 is still better than any other center in the league.

  • Dfrance

    I’m sure the Rockets will pick up the tab if thats the case. Dwight is their investment now.

  • Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    I mean honestly why would they even bother including
    hakeem in the pitching process if there was nothing specifically in it for Howard. “Oh come on down here Dwight, I will train and still charge that ass 50k but at least I will be in the neighborhood” hell no that aint the case my friend. And even if it was, McHale is the next best guy to learn from anyway.

  • roscoe

    kMcHale is a good coach… he gets it.

    and i hope d’best 4 him w/ dh12, but my instincts say dh12 will throw him under d’bus.

    my expectation is to see kMcHale in BOS in 2-3 years after they establish a foundation.

  • Dfrance

    Either I’m not understanding you or you’re not understanding me, but what I was saying is the Rockets would glady pay Hakeems fee(if he’s charging one) to train with Dwight because its in their best interest that he improve his post game.

  • Fat Lever

    That last line is the most telling one to me, “I’m looking forward now to being the veteran in Houston.”. The way I interpret that is that he wanted to be the man and there was no way being in LA that was going to happen, even if Kobe’s skills deteriorate to the point where he’s not the teams best player anymore. I think Dwight’s a pseudo alpha dog, always trying to please people. If you want to be a real alpha dog, you’ve got to be comfortable pissing people off sometimes. Now’s his chance to prove this.

  • shockexchange

    Rent-A-Center has proven he’s the most dominant big man in the game. However, in Orlando the glass was “half full.” Magic fans were happy that the team was competitive and made the playoffs each year. In L.A. the glass was “half empty” and fans expected nothing less than a chip. Houston will love Rent-A-Center and he will repay them by putting the Rockets on his back.

  • OfftheWall87

    I’m sure it will be taken care of in some way without Dwight having to pay a cent.

  • bill

    …in the East before back surgery…considered…he’s still best center even taken down those few notches.

  • RKJ92

    Loooolll Dan your killing me haha

  • danpowers

    i want a “breaking news” in that headline lol

  • hoodsnake

    I’m not sure how this will work. Howard still sucks at FTs and he will obviously not be the 1st option on offense (and late game situations). Not to sound like a hater this dude has been in the league for a couple of years now his game is about overpowering and defense. And like Barkley said you cannot really learn those (Hakeem) moves.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    This is exactly what I read

  • spit hot fiyah

    this is what kobe thinks of mchale’s expectation

  • danpowers

    he even was when he was way below a 100%, thats how weak the 5 position got since the 90s. damn shame. i get the point that more ppl are able to identifiy with smaller guys e.g. all those great point guards we got at the moment, but to me watching those giants go to battle in the paint was a little more fascinating.

  • danpowers

    lol i wonder what pau is tryin to express there

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Probably “damn I’m glad that ain’t me”

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    what are you talking about? all of those guys get paid to do their job. if Hakeem is part of the pitch, he will be paid to help as a personal coach. Just like McHale is paid to coach. Yao is paid as a liaison or whatever they call him, Morey is paid as a GM, and James Harden is paid as a player.
    Really not complicated.

  • Ron

    Where’s the bounce pass

  • Ron


  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray


  • Junior Taylor

    The bright lights of “hollywood” had nothing to do with Howard’s struggles (if you can call 17/12/2 struggling). Coming off back surgery and playing in the wrong system were the biggest factors in Howard’s struggles.

  • OfftheWall87

    So many great centers in the 90s. So many great point guards now. It was a time of two guards after Jordan retired (T-Mac, Kobe, Iverson, Vince Carter, Ray Allen) I’m just happy to have seen it all. Fun to watch all of them.

  • spit hot fiyah

    “is this how sam cassell used to do it”

  • shockexchange

    “We’re already 38 games below .500 so this dunk really doesn’t matter.”

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  • fivechainz

    i like james harden’s expression lol

  • Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Thats what I was getting I apologize of my delivery made that hard to understand. @DFRANCE I was actually agreeing with you bruh. I was arguing againt poose.

  • Mike From Spain

    Harden is like ‘aaaaaahhhhh!!!’