Acquired by Los Angeles last August in a four-team, 12-player deal, the 27-year-old Howard signed with Houston as a free agent earlier this month.
Comically, the 6-foot-11, 265 pound Howard cited D’Antoni’s up-tempo, wide-open attack as one of the primary reasons he decided to bolt from La-La Land.
“The thing that cracks me up is Houston, they do the exact same thing,” said Mike D’Antoni, 62, the 2005 NBA Coach of the Year. “And so (Howard) is gonna go to Houston? OK, so did they talk about change there? Don’t tell me that it’s that different.”
Finishing 45-37 in the Southwest Division, Houston is the youngest team in the association and one of the most prolific scoring squads today.
A churchgoing prick who clashed with teammates and D’Antoni in Tinseltown, Howard was largely responsible for Los Angeles’ disappointing 45-37 record and quick departure from the playoffs.
A five-time member of the All-NBA First Team and three-time earner of the Defensive Player of the Year award, the villainous “Superman” is a rarity in today’s shrunken league with size, athleticism and skills.
Soon to be walking like a glorified version of Quasimodo, nothing will be “that different” for Dwight Howard as a Rocket in “Space City.”by