The Houston Rockets haven't had the best of starts to the NBA season, as they sit on a 12-14 record, and now, problems may be starting to occur in the locker room.
According to a report by Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com, center "Dwight Howard is extremely unhappy in Houston playing second fiddle to alpha dog James Harden." He also said the team may be open to trading away the 30-year-old
However, the man himself has denied the claims via the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen, after his side lost 107-97 to the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.
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He said: “I haven’t said anything to anybody about anything. People make up lies and rumors."
He also said: “I’m trying to get these guys to play better and myself to play better. People say what they got to say to get a story out. People are always going to come up with some rumor and lies. That’s what it is. I can’t focus on that."
Howard was brilliant with the Orlando Magic, being arguably one of their center pieces of the squad, but was unable to capture the Larry O'Brien trophy. He moved to the LA Lakers to try and achieve that goal but came no closer. The same fate seems to be happening now in Houston after their poor season so far.
Howard is averaging 12.6 points per game,11.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and has a player impact estimate of 11.9. This is lowest points average since his rookie season over ten years ago, so the signs aren't looking promising for the center.
His teammate, James Harden, is doing much better, averaging 29 points per game, 6.2 rebounds, and 6.7 assists. You would have to think if Howard was averaging more points per game, there would be less rumored tension in the locker room whether it is true or not.
If the tension is present, then maybe it wouldn't be a bad decision for Howard to move on from the Rockets if he still wants to lift the Larry O'Brien trophy before his career is over, because you can't win championships in an environment you don't fit in.