NBA star Dwight Howard is on the brink of signing a mega deal to join the Houston Rockets after spending last season dunking on boards alongside Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash.
After weeks of speculation, Howard announced his big news heading into the weekend.
“I’ve decided to become a member of the Houston Rockets. I feel its the best place for me and I am excited about joining the Rockets and I’m looking forward to a great season. I want to thank the fans in Los Angeles and wish them the best.”,” Howard tweeted July 6th.
“Houston we have liftoff http://instagram.com/p/bajffHKixn/” (Dwight Howard’s Twitter)
He also cited his chances of winning a championship in Houston for motivating him to leave an additional $30 million Lakers offer.
“[A championship is] the priority. That’s the priority. [Shoot], I’m betting $30 million on it,” Howard told ESPNLosAngeles.com in a phone interview Friday night, referencing the amount of money he likely will leave on the table by bolting Los Angeles for Houston. “I just looked at both teams and I felt like Houston was going in one direction — they got a lot of young players, they got a good coach in Kevin McHale and I just felt like having him as a coach, he could really help me in the post and help me develop like I want to. That was mainly the big reason right there, and having the opportunity to grow with a team, a young team, like the Rockets. That’s the reason why [I decided to leave].” (ESPN)
A few days ago, Houston rapper Slim Thug stood behind publicly campaigning for D-12 to join the Rockets.
“I was trying to tell him the best things, from my standpoint; I know the Rockets ran a lot of good things by him [in their pitch to the big man], but I was talking in terms of women,” Thug told MTV News. “Obviously he loves women, and if you love women, Houston is a great place, D. I seen your baby mama on ‘Basketball Wives,’ and there’s plenty out here that are way better than her that I’m sure he would enjoy. Not only that, we got the best strip clubs … Houston’s a real big, beautiful city.” (MTV)
Earlier in the week, the H-Town rapper unloaded a series of tweets directed at Dwight.
“Yooo @DwightHoward what uppp gone come down to Houston G we got ya u already know Kobe gone act like a girl and blame u all season,” Slim tweeted July 1st.
“We real out here u can buy a big ass crib for cheap ill throw u a few assist on hoes make your next move your best move G @DwightHoward”
“We both got babymamas @DwightHoward do u know that they only get 20% in Houston it’s wayyyy worst in LA”
“Yo @DwightHoward meet @IAmMaliahMichel @MercedesMorr @miraclewatts00 @Lira_Galore @IAmTresureP @MisMODELKIKI @victoriarrrose @MAC_BXTCH”
“A @DwightHoward dat boy @JHarden13 out here living like a king”
“And @DwightHoward we got the Texans so not too much pressure on winning a ring this year we got time to grow u kno LA gone hate tho”
“And u can talk on the phone and text while u drive down here @DwightHoward” (Slim Thug’s Twitter)