Mar 27, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) and forward Chandler Parsons (25) celebrate after a play during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Dwight Howard: Chandler Parsons' Departure 'Won't Affect Us'

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Not sure what exactly Chandler Parsons did to upset Dwight Howard, but evidently something transpired to change the two’s relationship — you’d think.

On Friday, Howard, who spoke at his father’s 10th annual Howard/Howard basketball camp in Atlanta, said that Parsons’ departure won’t have much of an impact on the Houston Rockets next season. Either he doesn’t hold much weight in Parsons’ 16.6 points, four assists and 5.5 rebounds per game, or he has a whole lot of confidence in the team’s acquisition of Trevor Ariza.

Or he’s absolutely clueless.

Dwight Howard doesn’t believe the departure of Chandler Parsons will have a major impact on the Houston Rockets’ title hopes next season.

“It won’t affect us at all,” Howard said Friday of Parsons signing a three-year, $45-million deal with the Dallas Mavericks.

Parsons was a three-year starter that complemented Howard and guard James Harden.

“We have myself and James,” Howard said. “We have the best center and the best two guard in the game on the same team. It’s on us.”

After swinging, and missing, on Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh early during NBA Free Agency, the Rockets recovered nicely by adding Ariza and Ish Smith.

But come on Dwight, we can’t act like Parsons wasn’t a big part in the Rockets’ success last season. Is it fair to believe that Ariza can come in and put up similar numbers as Parsons? Sure.

The only problem with that is we don’t know which Ariza Houston is getting.

Are they getting “contract year” Ariza, or the “I just got paid” Ariza?

That matters.

 

 

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