Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard believes that his current team is a “championship caliber team”. However, the Rockets’ current record disagrees with the veteran big man as the Rockets have struggled this season and could even miss the 2016 NBA Playoffs.
“Regardless of how our season is going so far, regardless of the fact that we haven’t played up to our expectations, I really believe that we have a championship caliber team,” Howard said to USA Today Sports.
“Nobody else has to believe it, and that’s fine. The whole world can be against us. But if those 15 guys in the locker room believe that we can win, then we will win.”
Howard also touched the subject of James Harden, whom many believe has a rocky relationship with the big man. Howard said that they don’t “hate each other” as some fans and experts have opined.
“So I would never hate this man because I know what it took for me to get here, and he made it. So I want him to succeed. I want us to succeed. I just – before coming here – I watched endless hours of YouTube videos on James Harden, before he had the beard. I watched all that stuff, because I’m like, ‘Dang, this boy, he’s got so much talent,” Howard added.
“I know where he’s at, because I’ve been there, as far as everybody looking at you and they expect so much from you. And you’re one of the best players in the league.”
Howard added that their season is not over for the Rockets despite their poor play this season.
“We both have to figure out how we’re going to make this thing work,” Howard said. “It’s on us. We’ve got the rest of the season, and the playoffs, and we can do it.”
Houston is ninth place in the Western Conference with 35 wins against 37 losses and could miss the playoffs a year after they made the West Finals. The Rockets are now half a game behind the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks with 10 games left in the regular season.
Is Dwight Howard delusional in saying that the Rockets are still a championship caliber team when in fact the team could be headed to the lottery? Is Dwight Howard just being nice as he will hit free agency after the season and will demand a maximum contract?
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