Kevin McHale has high expectations for Dwight Howard

  • Andy Flint


You’re reading the headline and saying “Yeah, no duh.”, we all kind of expect the world out of Dwight Howard. We grew accustomed to it for years in Orlando, and we expected it last season in Los Angeles as a member of the Lakers. Dwight didn’t deliver, and we could yap for hours about why. Bottom line right now is that he has moved on to Houston, and the Rockets’ head coach, and Boston Celtics legend, Kevin McHale, expects A LOT from Dwight, moving forward.

“You’re always evolving and changing, and I think Dwight’s in the process of evolving and changing,” McHale told reporters Sunday. “He says he’s way healthier now than he has been. His back feels better. I just anticipate him coming in and doing what he did for years: being the best, most dominant center in the league.”

McHale, is expected to teach Dwight a trick or two about playing in the post, and we’re likely to see a return visit to Rocket’s ambassador, and former dominate center, Hakeem Olajuwon, so from a standpoint of opportunities to soak up some experience in the paint, Dwight has truck loads, and McHale expects Howard to learn, “evolve” and become this generations most dominate big man.

McHale spoke about obstacles of landing Howard, many of which they still face, as they already have a center in Omer Asik, and he had a pretty solid season in 2012-13. Landing a guy like Dwight Howard could be a once in a lifetime move for a team, who has talent to back him up.

“Look,” McHale said, “Omer had a great year for us last year and really became one of the top centers in the league. It’s just that when you have an opportunity to get a Dwight, it’s hard not to. So I’m sure right now Omer is probably a little down in the dumps. We’ll pick him up.”

It seems like McHale understands what Howard is capable of, and knows what he wants from the three-time Defensive Player of the Year. The challenge now, will be having the two of them get together and realize this goal.


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