If you happen to be a Houston Rockets fan happy to have Dwight Howard part of your new-look team, you might want to lend some thanks in the direction of former NBA head coach Stan Van Gundy.
Van Gundy (who coached Howard in Orlando) did lend his advice to Dwight when picking his new free agency destination according to the Houston Chronicle:
“I talked to Stan a lot during last season,” Howard said. “During the offseason, we talked and he felt like the system that would fit me best and the coaching staff would be Houston. He said he liked (Kevin McHale). He likes (Hakeem Olajuwon). He likes (James Harden) and the fact that this is a young team. It reminds him of the team we had in Orlando so he felt like this would be a good fit for me.”
In case you thought that Dwight and Stan relationship was strained after the debacle with the Magic, according to Howard it isn’t:
“One side is business and one side is personal,” he said. “On the business end, we probably didn’t work well together toward the end of our careers in Orlando. But on the personal level, we have always had respect for each other. We have always been able to sit down and talk to each other.”
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