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The initial news came from the USA Today that Dwight Howard was saying no to a lifetime of fried chicken, more lectures from Kobe and saying yes to all of things Slim Thug tweeted him about why he belongs in the chopped and screwed world of H-Town.
Y! Sports: Dwight Howard is leaving Los Angeles, finalizing a free agent deal with the Houston Rockets. http://t.co/hcQ6mzYp3Z
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 5, 2013
The story went viral within minutes and rumors of the Rockets working on a sign and trade deal that would send Lin and Asik to Atlanta for ex AAU teammate Josh Smith started spreading. Houston fans were celebrating until Sportscenter put this out.
Within an hour, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak released a statement that had Rockets’ fans celebrating again.
“We have been informed of Dwight’s decision to not return to the Lakers. Naturally we’re disappointed. However, we will now move forward in a different direction with the future of the franchise and, as always, will do our best to build the best team possible, one our great lakers fans will be proud to support. To Dwight, we thank him for his time and consideration, and for his efforts with us last season. We wish him the best of luck on the remainder of his NBA career.”
Then the official sign came from Dwight Howard himself when he changed his avatar and location on his Twitter account to represent Houston, Texas.
Later that night, Dwight finally posted a tweet announcing his decision.
I’ve decided to become a member of the Houston Rockets. I feel its the best place for me and I am excited (cont) http://t.co/h8WK4yP3zB
— Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) July 6, 2013
Welcome to H-Town Dwight. Just in case you need a refresher on some of the reasons you should want to play in Houston, here you go.