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The Rockets believe that will change in Houston.
“I feel so happy that he chose the Rockets and I feel the Rockets will be the best fitting team for him because we have such a great, rich history of big men,” Yao said.
Howard is perfectly happy dealing with lofty expectations from outsiders because he believes he should control the game every time he sets foot on the court.
“That’s what I’ve always expected out of myself,” he said. “Before I got injured, that’s what I did every night _ I dominated the game on both ends of the floor. It’s not about putting up big numbers, none of that; the biggest thing is just going out there and having fun and dominating and that’s what I’m going to do.”
“I just told him: `We’re going to be really good without you, we’re going to win games without you. Come make us great,’” he said.
The Rockets also got a push in a rather random way.
Howard was in Aspen, Colo., while mulling his options and prayed for a sign of what he should do.
“I believe in signs … and when I was in Aspen it seemed like everybody I met was from Houston,” he said. “I just had a good feeling in my soul about everything, the direction of the team, and just had a great feeling about what they were trying to accomplish.”
Though his nickname got switched on Saturday, the Rockets unveiled a Superman-inspired marketing campaign this week that features a man’s torso with hands ripping back a suit to reveal a red shirt that says `Rockets,’ above their slogan `A New Age.’
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