When news broke that prized free agent Dwight Howard would sign with Houston, it didn’t come to much of a shock to Rockets forward Chandler Parsons. Parsons told Jim Rome on his radio program that he had a pretty good feeling the 7-time All Star would be taking his talents to Space City all along.
“I felt very strong,” said Parsons. “All my family and my friends, I would tell them there’s an 80-90 percent chance he was coming.”
Parsons confidence stemmed from the team’s roster, the history of big men in Houston, and Coach McHale.
“I just thought it was a no-brainer,” the second year forward said. “And figured he’d come.”
The forward also believes the criticism Howard received has been over the top and that Houston will be a better market for him.
“I think it’s a little unfair,” said Parsons. “Just knowing him, he’s just a happy go lucky friendly guy and nobody’s perfect.”
Parsons says the criticism definitely wounded the big man.
“He was hurt by it,” said the Rockets 2nd leading scorer last season. “He was frustrated even after the reports came out that he was back and forth. The media tends to leak everything, especially in his case, when he’s such a superstar of a player and he gets a lot of attention. But I think he was bothered by it a little bit; I don’t think it will ever affect his game and his work ethic. But that’s got to hurt, just hearing all that negative stuff about you when really you’re a good dude.”
All of that said, Parsons says it’s too early to call Houston a title favorite.
“Right now, it’s just a bunch of names on paper,” said the forward. “I think as it is right now, we’re a top 4 team in the West. We’ve got to take it day by day and not really put a goal on winning a championship or to win the West.”