All eyes were on the Rockets newest acquisition Friday as Dwight Howard field questions from reporters donning his red and white digs for the first time.
For the first time in a long time, Dwight Howard seemed like himself. The typical relaxed, jovial Howard that Orlando fans remember instead of the uncomfortable, injured Dwight of this past year’s exile in Los Angeles.
Howard described what unfolded in LA as “unfortunate” and said he was looking forward to the upcoming season with new teammates and a fresh reboot of his career and a fully healthy back. Dwight alluded to how comfortable he already feels around his new teammates and compared it to his time in Orlando.
“In Orlando, the years that we went to the Finals and made it deep into the playoffs, we spent a lot of time together”
“I really like that about this team. It’s a close knit team. The chemistry is already there. We spend time with each other. Also, we’ve been texting and talking about ways we can improve as a team. That’s one thing I really like.”
From an Orlando perspective, it’s interesting how Dwight makes the link between playoff success and team unity. Especially considering how how things unfolded in his final year in Orlando.
If team unity was really the driving force behind Orlando’s run to the 2009 Finals, then the blame has to fall on Howard for the lack of chemistry between 2010-2012 after driving a wedge between himself and the rest of the organization.
Most know that Howard’s struggles in Orlando are mostly because of his undoing. But it appears that he still doesn’t make the connection.