Dwight Howard Recruited Marcus Camby to the Houston Rockets

by September 10, 2013

According to new Rockets backup center Marcus Camby, Dwight Howard helped recruit the veteran big man to H-Town this summer. Per the Houston Chronicle: “Camby, a 6-11 center, understood when the Rockets remade themselves into the youngest, least-experienced team in the NBA. But a year later, they have been transformed again, changing enough that Camby, 39, fits the way he had when he was acquired for those 19 games in 2012. ‘Being familiar with the city, this being my home, and being around the guys and the organization for those … games I was here a couple years ago, I felt that I was at the part of my career this was a good opportunity for me,’ Camby said of his return to the Rockets as a free agent this summer. ‘Having a chance to come back home and finish my career here was all pluses for me.’ […] There was a time Camby, the second pick of the 1996 draft and four-time All-Defensive Team selection, would not have considered signing with a team that had just signed a franchise center. Now, after 17 NBA seasons, he was happy to play behind Howard and share his experiences with the young Rockets. ‘Ten years ago, no,’ Camby said of signing on to a team that just acquired Howard. ‘Now, I just got off the phone with him. He’s a great guy. Even before I signed, when I got my buyout in Toronto, he was one of the guys that was texting and calling me, trying to sell me on Houston. I told him he didn’t have to. I still have a lot to offer to the game, not just playing, but with my mind and all the battles and all the years I’ve been through, being placed in a situation we have a chance of winning with the talent we have on this team with Dwight and of course James (Harden) and Chandler (Parsons) and all the young guys we have.'”