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Dwight Howard 'hated losing' with the Houston Rockets

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Dwight Howard has not enjoyed the best of fortunes since departing Orlando back in 2012.

Now, 30-years-old, the eight-time All-Star center has had unsuccessful tenures at the L.A. Lakers and the Houston Rockets in the past four years and is now bound for pastures new once again after opting out of his Rockets contract and entering free agency.

Wherever he officially signs at the end of the moratorium on Thursday, Howard could still be considered quite a coup for any franchise on the open market.

While he may not be at the absolute peak of his powers, there is little doubt his influence was stifled in Houston by the James Harden-or-nothing approach to offence.

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Still, he averaged a double-double last season with 13.7 points and 11.8 rebounds. That's in keeping with his career averages of 17.8 points a game and 12.7 boards. A reliable double-double presence definitely has a place on the market this summer.

So, how does Howard feel about leaving Houston behind?

"I'm really (ticked) off about last season," Howard told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Chris Vivlamore on Tuesday. "I'm looking forward to coming back with a different mentality."

The former number one draft pick certainly did not beat around the bush and when asked to elaborate on what he disliked about his Rockets experience, he did not hesitate.

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"Losing," Howard said. "A lot of people see me with smiles and all that stuff and think I don't care but I hate losing. I hate seeing other people stand up on the podium and hold up that trophy and I worked so hard for it. That's the main thing."

Whatever the future holds for Howard, he wants to be a contender. Winning has become his core focus and wherever he suits up next season, he wants to have a viable chance of winning.

In this day and age of the NBA, there is money everywhere. Howard is not in a position where he has to chase a so-called 'big move' or head to a massive market. He has money, that is no problem.

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With the new television deal set to increase the salary cap over the next couple of years and Howard turning 31 in December, there is plenty of potential to earn cash wherever he lands.

However, that is nothing but a side note for a hungry veteran who many feel has yet to truly realise his potential.

"I want to do whatever I can to bring a championship home," said Howard, who was born and raised in Atlanta. "I know it's not going to be easy. I've worked extremely hard this summer, every summer. I'm very motivated."

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NBA
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Houston Rockets
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Eastern Conference
Dwight Howard
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